OBITUARY

The Right Reverend D. Bruce MacPherson

July 24, 1940December 21, 2017

The Rt. Rev D. Bruce MacPherson, retired 3rd bishop of Western Louisiana passed away on December 21, 2017 at 77 years of age. He was suddenly diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and began receiving hospice care at his home in Edmond, OK.

He was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada, and moved to the United States in his teen years. Prior to entering the ministry, Bishop MacPherson was in corporate management and then felt a strong calling into the ministry in the Episcopal Church. He entered the School of Theology (Bloy House) in Claremont, California. He started out in parish ministry and then moved on to serve as Canon to the Ordinary in Los Angeles, CA.

He was then called to be Canon of the Ordinary of Dallas TX, and ultimately was elected Suffragan Bishop in Dallas, TX. He was elected 3rd bishop of Western Louisiana and retired ten years later. He was invited by Fr. Patrick Bright of Nichols Hills, OK to serve at All Souls' Episcopal Church. Bishop MacPherson served on many national and local committees. Following his retirement Bishop MacPherson and Susan moved to Edmond, OK.

He is survived by his wife Susan of 59 years, two daughters Bonnie and her husband David, Heather and her husband Damon, four granddaughters Kierra and her husband Kevin, Taylor, Erika and Claire, two step grandsons Michael and John and three great grandchildren, Oliver, Cole and Paisley Sue.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in memory of Bishop MacPherson to All Souls' Episcopal Church youth program.

A requiem mass will be held on Saturday December 30, 2017 at 2:00pm at All Souls Episcopal Church. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of his great physicians at Integris for their amazing care & compassion. Thank you Dr. Self, Dr. Clapp and Dr. Theobald

"Life will bring us questions without answers. To live is to encounter silent seasons of the soul. When every prayer will seem to go unanswered as we face events beyond our understanding or control. Yet in the quiet darkness, Christ is working. His silence in the shadows doesn't mean he doesn't care. A part of faith is trusting without reason. Believing when he can't be seen or heard, that he is still there. So when answers fail to come don't be discouraged. Keep leaning on his steadfast love and trusting in his will. For knowing "why" won't really make a difference, but growing close and knowing Jesus will" B.J. Hoff

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 30, 2017
REMEMBERING

The Right Reverend D. Bruce MacPherson

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Rhonny Valentine

January 31, 2018

Dear Susan,
I apologize about being late in letting you and your family know just how sorry I was in hearing of Bishop Bruce's death! He was such a kind, caring, intelligent Man of God whom we all loved at Christ Memorial in Mansfield,La. Our Congregation always enjoyed your visits to our Parish and everyone loved to hear him speak in his distinct, deep, Canadian voice (hehe). He will certainly be missed and our love, thoughts and Prayers go out to all of you today.

Chuck Hinton

January 2, 2018

Dearest Susan,
I just heard the news and words cannot express my sorrow. I loved that man dearly and am so blessed he was in my life. Linda and I send heartfelt love and affection for you and your entire family.
Chuck Hinton.....College Station, TX

Jeff and Gwen Klorer

January 1, 2018

Dear Susan, our deepest sympathy. He was such a beacon in the darkness and a true leader. He will be missed. May you focus on your many blessings and many wonderful memories of a life well lived.

Debbee Schiff

December 29, 2017

Sue, Bonnie and Heather . . . thinking of all of you during this most difficult time. My childhood memories include Bruce and the wonderfully kind and funny man that he was. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

Cathi and Joe Roberts

December 28, 2017

Susan and family,

Cathi and I were deeply saddened when we learned of Bishop Bruce's diagnosis and were even more profoundly saddened by the suddenness of his death. But then, as he would have been the first to say, we must look below the surface and beyond our emotions to see the mercy and grace of God at work. Our church, and especially the flock of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, are richer because of our Third Bishop's ministry. May Light Perpetual shine upon him. We send love.

December 28, 2017

Dear Susan, So sorry to hear this news. Bruce and I send our prayers, condolences and love to you at this sad time. I will always remember his wonderful voice and our time working on Mt. Olivet. Martha Barton

December 28, 2017

Dearest Auntie Sue,
You and Bishop Bruce have always carried such huge places in our hearts, there are no sufficient words to express our sorrow at his passing. We will cherish our memories of his kindness, grace, wisdom and that great and booming voice.
With all our love, Carrie Crow & John Greiner (NYC)

Ruth Echelberger-Bell

December 28, 2017

Remember our good old days in Garden Grove. We were very close neighbors and had some good memories together. We will all meet again and go over all the funny things, like Heather coming over to take a nap on our hearth while Ralph ran the sweeper and many fun things like that . Those are the memories to cherish. Rest in peace Bruce and God is watching over your family for you.

Dee & Susie Drell

December 27, 2017

Dear Susan, Our hearts continue to be saddened by Bruce's passing. You all have been dear friends and I will always remember time shared in caring and in ministry. Words cannot express our feelings, we are blessed by having known him and his own faithful strength. While our hearts are with you now we are also afraid we cannot be there in person on Saturday for the Requiem Mass. Brian is in town with his new fiancé and we are having a long planned gathering to introduce her. I promise we will be in prayer with you while the service is ongoing. We love you and hope, once things settle a bit, to talk with you for a long conversation. Meanwhile, if we can offer any aid of any kind here, you know just to let us know. I can just hear Bruce now, as he always did, wanting to put everybody else first. It was always that which made me so grateful for him and so proud to have been able to serve with him. Our deepest prayer and thoughts are being poured in your direction. Dee & Susie

FROM THE FAMILY