Coach MacPherson's Legacy
Syracuse, N.Y. —
Remembering a husband, father, friend, coach and so much more. Dick MacPherson embodied everything that is good.
"He's truly one of a kind," said his granddaughter Molly Sweeney. "He's the kind of person who loves you so much it makes your heart want to explode."
"You can see by all the people here and all the stories being shared that heaven just got a good one," said Syracuse head football coach Dino Babers.
Hundreds packed Hendricks Chapel on Syracuse University's campus for coach Mac's funeral service. Through the hugs and tears, certain memories brought smiles throughout the crowd. A smile Mac often wore.
"Coach Dick MacPherson's personality was absolutely radiant! He loved everybody," said former SU professor and friend to Mac, Dr. Rick Wright. "I mean, you'd be sitting on the street and he'd just stop, conversation and boom."
He was a father to two daughters and grandfather to four grandchildren. Mac's love for his family went beyond his immediate circle.; easily seen and felt on and off the football field.
"Anytime that you're a great coach, a great teacher, a great father it's going to transcend, and there's going to be a piece of coach Mac on this planet, hopefully for a long, long time because he influenced so many," added coach Babers.
Mac truly loved the Orange, and the Orange will continue to love him.
As his granddaughter Molly said, "Heaven is a little more orange now because of you."