Keith Arnold McPherson

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Keith Arnold McPherson

March 20, 1953 - July 4, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Keith McPherson on July 4th, 2020 at the Northumberland Hills Hospital. Beloved husband of Becky McPherson (nee Ballantyne) of Cobourg for 32 years. Devoted dad to Amy McPherson, Cobourg and Molly McPherson, Toronto. Loving son of Ann McPherson and the late George McPherson of Don Mills. Dear brother to Kelly McPherson, Orillia; Rob McPherson (Pat) Ajax; Val McPherson (Annabelle) Georgetown and Sheila Strain, Oshawa.

Keith will be dearly missed by many nieces and nephews as well as his Father-in -Law, Bob Ballantyne (Elaine) Fayetteville, Pennsylvania; Sister -in-Law, Suzanne Ballantyne, Bancroft; and Brothers -in-Law Mike Ballantyne (Jayne), Bloomfield, New Jersey; and Andy Ballantyne (Laura), Toronto.

Keith’s legacy will live on through the stories we now carry of his practical jokes; his travelling “blog” and his “Keithisms”. He was a true sportsman and loved fishing, squash, golf and hockey. He loved nothing more than being with friends and family as well as his devoted dog, Cash in the back yard, flipping burgers and replenishing refreshments for all. While he loved to travel and accomplished his lifelong dream last summer of travelling 11,000 km to his birthplace in Whitehorse, Yukon, he also cherished a simple life that included an ice cold beer after golf or squash with friends; the sound of a fish striking a top water lure on a glass calm lake in the evening; and a good Blues tune playing in the background any place, any time.

While we will miss Keith so much, we are comforted in knowing he lived life to the fullest and was truly grateful for all his many close friends and family. A Celebration of Life will occur in the future when we can all be together to honour all Keith was and still remains to us.

Those wishing can make a donation to your local food bank in lieu of flowers.

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Lindsay Bovay - August 6, 2020

I am very very sad to hear about Keith's passing. Keith was one of my favourite people to serve when I worked at The Mill Restaurant and Pub. He would always come in after squash with the crew. Full of laughs, smiles and jokes. Always asking how I was doing and was just a person who made your day better. He will be missed.

Sue and Dave Teggart - July 23, 2020

Becky, Amy, Molly, so sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. Having been friends for so many years, we have countless stories and memories of Keith that we will treasure. We will always picture him cracking a joke and a smile on his face. He was a one of kind, great guy; a friend who will be greatly missed.

Nancy Oliver - July 22, 2020

I knew Keith only as a fellow member of the Y. He would be sitting on the bench outside the squash court engaged in conversation with a couple of buddies. He would always stop, look up, smile, say hello and ask how I was. Without knowing him I knew he was a nice man. That greeting will be missed.

John McDougall - July 20, 2020

If there was an all star Canadian it would be Keith. He was the protector of his family, master of the barbeque, driver of the golf ball, controller of the hockey bench, and squasher of the squash ball. Keith will be missed.

Wayne Trigg - July 18, 2020

My heart is so saddened by the passing of a friend I held dear to my heart. I will miss you Kieth. You were a refreshing sight at Ashbrook and what a finish on your golf swing. Becky, Molly and Amy, I send you my deepest wish and prayers, that you will always find solace in the memories of a truly wonderful husband, father and example of a truly great man.

Lisa Booth - July 17, 2020

Becky and family, My deepest sympathy in this difficult time. Lisa from the Peterborough Office.

Sherene Einarsson - July 16, 2020

Thinking of you guys always. Keith was one of a kind and I have so many amazing childhood memories xox Praying for you Einarsson Family

David Hamayda - July 15, 2020

My heart is saddened by Keith's passing. To Becky and Amy and Molly please know that I was always impressed with Keith's kindness, generosity and competitive spirit. Through many years of squash, sometimes earlier in the morning than i would have liked, we always had a great game, no matter the outcome, as it was his company that was the best part. He was a great golfing partner on the few occasions I had the pleasure of walking the course with him, and it was a pleasure to share a poker table with him over the years. Now with tears in my eyes, please know that to me he was an exemplary man. He will be remembered as such.

Todd Boychuk - July 15, 2020

To all of the McPherson family, Our deepest condolences of Keith’s passing. I haven’t seen Keith in many years and I’ve always heard great things about him. Never a bad word. I wish you all well and send lots of love your way.

Leslie Wright Hansen - July 14, 2020

Val, Sheila, Kelly, Rob and Ann - so sorry to hear this news about Keith. Reading the below posts I can see that he maintained his great fun attitude and sense of humour over the years. It’s how I remember him, always with the funny teasing comments. I know you’ll deeply miss him.

Kyle Barber - July 14, 2020 sorry to hear of Keith's passing. I so enjoyed our regular morning games of squash during my time at the Cobourg Y. Keith was always quick with a joke or witty remark or a great story...always told with gusto! My condolences to the family.

Paul and Debbie Wiggans - July 14, 2020

Becky, Amy and Molly we are so sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. We always enjoyed our talks with him on the street. He will certainly be missed. We will keep you and your families in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Kathryn Crichton - July 14, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

David Suzuki Foundation

Kathryn Crichton - July 14, 2020

Much Love and deepest condolences to you Becky and to Amy and Molly - so sorry for your loss of Keith.

Eunice Kirkpatrick - July 13, 2020

Keith will be sadly missed by our staff and volunteers at his local YMCA in Cobourg. Keith always had the ability to make you laugh with his quick wit and sense of fun. He loved life and his family. Our condolences to Becky, Amy and Molly during this difficult time.

Sharon Anne Taylor - July 13, 2020

Becky, Amy and Molly, I was very sad to hear of Keith's passing, I always enjoyed my conversations with Keith when he would come into M and M's, always good for a laugh or two or ten. Please accept my sincere condolences, you are in my thoughts and prayers xoxoxox

Ron Caffin - July 12, 2020

Lynne and I send our sincere condolences to you and the girls Becky. It was shocking news. Spent alot of fun times on the golf course and at the poker table with Keith. He will be missed. Ron & Lynne

Lorene R. Strickland - July 12, 2020

It was my pleasure to meet Becky and Keith over a weekend spent their home ... I have never been more welcomed into a home as I was to theirs ... I attended my first hockey game that same time and was totally out of my element but Keith explained so I understood enough to root for the right team ... I remember the homemade pasta Becky served with seasoning from her back porch box garden of spices ... Keith and Mike requested I determine the winning Football team of every match listed that year and pronounced my choices “good” I am sure “a joke”... it was a wonderful weekend, their care of me was top notch, I will never forget Keith. He has a special place in my memories ... Blessings of comfort for you Becky, Molly, and Amy

Warren & Deanna Groulx - July 12, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fair Share Food Bank

Bill & Jane MacDonald - July 12, 2020

We were so saddened to learn of Keith’s illness and then death.our hearts go out to you Becky and your family- Bill & Jane Keith was a great kidder in the dressing room though he felt the puck should have been passed to him more often. When told that he never seemed to know what to do with it when he got it, he said he could score-not. When told his shot couldn’t break a pane of glass he replied, “At least I back check”…which he the red line! And apparently the fish he caught were so big they could pull him out of the boat! He was a good story teller and just fun to be with. He will be missed by many friends. - Bill

Cheryl Spence - July 12, 2020

I was very saddened to hear that Keith passed. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Keith will be greatly missed.

Eileen Wilkes (Wright) - July 12, 2020

So sorry to hear if Keith’s passing. Condolences to you all.

Carolyn and Heidi - July 12, 2020

Keith always left me with a smile on my face! I always enjoyed running into him at The Mill or when out walking Cash at the park. A wonderfully warm and genuine person - he will be deeply missed by so many. Sending our sincere condolences to Becky, Molly, and Amy.

Brett Maynard - July 11, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. While I didn’t know Keith well, my father Bert speaks very highly of him. It was only a few weeks ago when I saw him on the course and we had a great chat. Our condolences.

Bill, Karen, Amanda and Jennifer Peeples - July 11, 2020

I am still in shock over the news of Keith's passing. He was a man you could meet once and never forget. I always enjoyed the years where our girls played on the same hockey team. The tournaments were particularly fun. Molly and Jenn provided us with the on-ice entertainment...and Keith provided it off-ice. I can't recall ever seeing Keith without a smile on his face. Okay, maybe once....that time Karen drove our car up into his laneway, right into the middle of his yard sale. Keith was jumping up and down, waving his arms yelling "Whoa, whoa, whoa", until he realized who was behind the wheel. He shook his head...and back came that big smile. You will be missed my friend.

Glenn Boychuk - July 11, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to you all. From all I’ve ever heard, Keith sounded like a great guy and was loved by many, despite the fact that he was a Maple Leafs fan. Love to you all, Glenn Boychuk

Yvette Hosie - July 11, 2020

Keith entered our life as a result of the fabulous Becky. Thinking of Keith, a lasting impression comes to mind. One never forgets meeting Keith. He immediately made you feel like you were very special. The gift to find everyone’s unique qualities and focus on them with his warmth and humour, made him very unique. I’m sure there could be a TV show called “Everybody loves Keith”. Keith is truly the epitome of how we should all treat everyone we meet. Big hugs from Yvette and Reid.

Gordon Coutts - July 11, 2020

To the whole McPherson clan, my condolences. I was so sad to hear of Keith's passing. A flood of great memories came rushing back. My world is so much smaller now.

Kicak family - July 10, 2020

Dear Becky, Amy, Molly and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Mary, Stan and Robyn Kicak

Jay Kilburn - July 10, 2020

As a teacher for 30 years, you have a lot of memories of many amazing students. It is much more rare when you meet a parent of one of your students and you immediately connect with that parent and genuinely enjoy their company. Keith was just that person. I am pretty sure Amy and Molly did some eye rolling as Keith and I laughed and talked more about hockey, and The Leafs than we did them. That was over 15 years ago but I ran into Keith many times over the years, even as recently as less than a month ago. He always exuded the same smile and friendliness he always had, and of course, a desire to share the progress and status of his wonderful family. Even in the limited capacity I knew Keith, I know he was a good person. A simply happy and kind man. I, as so, so many other people, will miss him. To Becky, Amy and Molly I extend my most sincere and heartfelt sympathy.(Mr. K)

Sohail & Family - July 10, 2020

Becky Amy and Mollie Our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Keith is going to be missed by all of us. May God rest his soul in peace and give you the strength to bear this great loss. Sohail & Shakila

Stephen and Esther Scowcroft - July 10, 2020

Dear Becky Amy and Mollie. We are saddened to learn of Keith's passing , you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Another angel got his wings. x=

Cathy Fobert - July 10, 2020

Becky, Amy, and Molly, I was shocked to hear of the vibrant Keith's passing. I always enjoyed his friendliness and of course the Keithisms. Take care of yourselves and each other.

Stephen Bowman and Elizabeth Koester - July 10, 2020

What a lovely tribute. It just sparkles with the life of the man we have come to know from knowing Molly. It is so clear that he was a wonderful dad and a wonderful person who will be greatly missed. We are very sorry we never had a chance to get to know him ourselves. Stephen and Liz

Matthew and Melanie Crawley - July 10, 2020

We are so sorry for the loss of this great, and beloved man. We got to know Keith through all of the loving and hilarious stories that Molly would tell us in our time together at University. From the way Molly lights up when talking about Keith, we know that he was a cherished man with an incredible sense of humour. We are thinking of all of you and keeping you in our hearts. Matt & Mel

Carrie Baxter - July 10, 2020

Sorry for your loss Becky, Molly and Amy. Really enjoyed our time we spent together during hockey. Keith was great on the bench. Again sorry for your loss, Carrie, Todd and Sam Baxter

Neal Mednck - July 10, 2020

I have a picture in my office of when we won the Christmas tournament at Maple Leaf Gardens. Keith ("Newf") was a prominent member of our team and of course is in the pic. He was a wonderful guy and as the eloquent obit said, he lived life to the fullest. My sincere condolences. Neal Mednick

Madison Oliver - July 10, 2020

Becky, Amy, Molly and family - I am so sorry for your loss. I am grateful to have met Keith on a few occasions. I often feel like I knew him more through the stories Molly has shared with me (my favourite still being employee of the year). I hope your memories can bring some peace during this difficult time. I am sending you all my love and support.

Michael McNerney - July 10, 2020

Becky, We were so sad to hear of Keith's passing. The obituary provides a perfect view of Keith's enthusiasm and love of life. Mike and Donna

Katrina Thomson - July 10, 2020

Keith you will be missed greatly. I remember so many laughs in your home. You are a great man and an amazing father to your beautiful daughters. Your relationship with your wife was beautiful and something to look up to. I was very sad to hear of your passing. I will pray for your family Becky, Amy and Molly. I am sorry for your loss and i hope you'll find happiness.

Krystina Cosentino - July 10, 2020

Dear Becky, Molly, Amy & family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I am fortunate to have met Keith on a few occasions. These times of course involved food, whether it was an “expensive pie” or a calzone. I loved how he made me feel like I was a part of your family, keeping the Italian jokes running. Keith was a joy to be around and I know he loved you all dearly. I hope you find comfort in your cherished memories. Sending you all my love and support.

Margarida - July 10, 2020

Dear Becky, Amy and Molly and family, The world has lost a truly good soul who clearly was the life of the party and salt of the earth. His legacy lives on through his beautiful family and all the lives he touched with humour and kindness. In friendship, Margarida Medeiros

Jason Gordon - July 10, 2020

I am so deeply sorry for your loss Molly, Amy and Becky and am thinking about you all during this difficult time. I am going to share a funny story, as being fortunate enough to know Molly well and to have spent time with Keith on a few wonderful occasions I think I can safely say - a passion for jokes and humour, especially at inappropriate times, is shared here. My first Christmas in Canada arrived and I was alone and far from home and the McPhersons invited me into their home to celebrate the occasion with their family. It was a truly wonderful Christmas, one of the best I have had in fact. Keith decided to inaugurate me into Canadian Christmas class by letting me assist with the deep frying of a turkey, something I shall never forget. What was specifically enjoyable was Keith's relentless insistence that I wasn't welcome in their home, and how hilarious he found this ongoing joke. This was a common theme upon any of my visits to Coburg. It was interesting, because despite Keith's constant banter regarding this, he didn't do a great job at being very convincing; he always made me feel so welcome and at home when visiting, ensuring a beer was always in hand and a burger was always grilling. I am grateful to have spent some lovely times at your place and with your family and Keith. Sending all my love to you all.

Tamara Liboiron, Ray and Boys - July 10, 2020

Sending our love to you all! He was a pretty amazing guy and will be missed dearly! xo

Neil and Vickie Dickinson - July 9, 2020

Becky, Amy and Molly, our sincerest condolences on the loss of wonderful husband, father and friend to many. Keith had a way of drawing people in, and he always remembered to jokingly harass a “Habs“ fan and fellow whisky drinker. I know Keith will be deeply missed but hope the warm memories of a life well lived will make you smile in the days ahead. Love Neil, Vickie, Max, Caleb and Noah.

Tracey Lamping - July 9, 2020

To Amy and family, our sincerest thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time. Hold tight to your memories and each other. Love is forever. Tracey, Leigh and family. Xo

Kasey Curry and crew - July 9, 2020

A story, a memory, a life time of them to share! The stories start with Keith and dad changing us on the hood of the cars, to the million fishing trips they had before we were around! The memories start with a building rink at the Kinmount house. Molly you were going to be a superstar in hockey world. You always were in your dads eyes! Temagami and the road to hell, hearing the crack of the beer, the laugh and the “good luck, see you at the end”. Taking us on boat trips to buy ‘popsicle Pete’s’ and second rounds when we dropped them on the street. The food! Nothing would compared to his brisket or so he would tell me. To the burgers and the introduction to ‘chicken stuffed things’, feeding that none red meat eater. Keith was an amazing man and an amazing godfather. His door was always opened, the invitation to watch hockey in his man cave was always appreciated. He made you feel at home, even after months/ years away. He loved you all so much. You were his prides, his joys. He couldn’t have been prouder! He will watch over you know now, he will keep you in line, and he will always protect you to the end of time. Love you three, very much! Love you too Keith. We bought a lotto ticket just for you!!! XOXO Kasey, Chris, Chase, Kali-Emm and Wyatt

Kelsey - July 9, 2020

I feel so fortunate to have known Keith. We had the best banter, always made each other laugh. We shared a love for beer, the giants and most of all Amy. I see SO much of Keith in both Amy and Molly. After many years living with Amy, I felt like Keith & Becky we’re my family too. Heck, he even took me to New York City for the first time. Although I think he was contemplating kicking us out of the car hearing us play “would you rather?”. Becky, Molly & Amy...I’m so sorry for your loss, it’s a big one. He was truly the most wonderful man. I can see him right now in heaven, asking for the money for the hat he bought me. One day I’ll pay you back Keith, I promise. Keep your memories of him near and dear to your heart. And cheers him every beer you sip. He loved you 3 so much, you were his pride and joy. Cash too! Jemma...I’m not sure about. Keith, I’ll watch over Amy for you forever ❤️ Love you all so much, I’m so sorry again.

Kelly Hansen - July 9, 2020

While I didn’t know Keith, I do know both Molly and Amy. Both girls are an incredible testament to both Keith and you, Becky. Together, you have raised wonderful girls who treat others so well, work hard and truly love and appreciate their family. Thank you for giving the world 2 spectacular humans. His legacy will live in in all the lives your girls continue to touch. Hoping you can find moments of peace and gratitude reflecting on a life well lived. Kelly Hansen

Katie Phillips - July 9, 2020

Becky, Amy and Molly, I continue to search for the words to express my sympathies for your unexpected loss. I only had the pleasure of meeting Keith on a couple of occasions, but that’s all that was needed to know that he was the best of the best! He was a funny and caring man who will be missed by everyone who knew him. I hope your memories of Keith keep you laughing for eternity. You are in my thoughts and I am sending you all my love during this difficult time.

Jesse Braun - July 9, 2020

The first time I met Keith was at one of Amy’s birthday parties at the house. He was BBQing some food and having some beers, and wine, and we all laughed and laughed, and had a great time! I remember thinkIng Keith was the best as he was BBQing and keeping beers cold outside and laughing with Cash who was barking at the dark. I noticed how well he treated Cash and his girls and this was about the time Kels and I were talking about having our own family, so I really recognized all the traits In Keith that I wanted to be like as a father and husband. He had a twinkle in his eye, laughed and smiled, and made me feel welcome in his house. He told a good story, loved his family, BBQ’d a nice dinner, and loved his pets! I admired Keith, I want to be more like Him when I grow up. Cheers to Keith,

Caitlyn Crowe - July 9, 2020

Sending you so much love Amy 💙. Lots of hugs Caitlyn, Travis, Caden and Max

Harold and Ariane Macdonald - July 9, 2020

We are sad to hear the news. Hope you and your family can find a way to be strong!!

The Gray Family - July 9, 2020

Becky,Molly and Amy, whether Keith was telling you about the great hot veal sandwiches he brought home from the city, or the upside down turkey frier incident, or the massive pork shoulders that him and Mike smoked over xmas holidays, he always made it the funniest story you ever heard. And the best hockey tournaments where the ones where Keith and Becky were there, with a few bottles of wine, and Always, a bottle of Crown. He loved life, he loved his friends and family, and we all loved him back, even if he was riding your butt about something. We’ll all miss him terribly, and he’ll never be forgotten.

Jim (“Jimmy” to Keith) Deviney - July 9, 2020

To Becky, Molly and Amy and the many others in Keith’s Family and friends, my sincere condolences and sympathies. It was with great shock and sadness that I learned of Keith’s passing and I will certainly miss playing squash or golf with him and then enjoying a cold beer while hearing some of his stories. He was a kind and great man and always good company. He is missed. Sincerely, Jimmy

Liz and Garry Liboiron - July 9, 2020

What a lovely tribute to Keith. He was certainly all of these things and special to so many people. A great friend, teammate, poker buddy and competitor. Happy to see him in a Leafs hat. Back in the fold. Our deepest condolences to you Becky, Molly, Amy ......and Cash.

Linda Pitre - July 9, 2020

I know there are no words that can comfort at this time Amy , but please know I am thinking of you My sincere condolences Linda Pitre

Tanya and Lee Cattell and family - July 9, 2020

What a beautiful tribute!!! We were so incredibly sorry and saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Keith. Keith always had a smile to share and seemed to have such effortless kindness whenever we saw him out and about. Please know you are all in our thoughts as you mourn this loss.