Remembering Dick MacSherry

Remembering Dick MacSherry

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MacSherry Library in Alexandria Bay is just one of the living monuments to a man who never let a need go unmet.

"He and Mary not only founded it, had it built, they brought in a number of their friends to be supporters," said Ann Ward, MacSherry Library board member.

In a podcast last year, Dick MacSherry said his giving started "after I had seen some situations that were disturbing to me, because people needed help and weren't getting it."

Often, he reached into his pocket and gave directly, but much of MacSherry's giving was through the Northern New York Community Foundation.

"It's something that's touched a lot of lives. Their generosity, I think, can be felt not just through organizations and community institutions, but even individuals as well," said Max DelSignore, assistant director of the community foundation.

His beloved Alexandria Bay and the library he built, were never far from his thoughts.

"He said, 'You know, I guess I've done a lot of things, but the thing that is closest to my heart is the MacSherry Library," said Ward.

His 99th birthday was spent there at a tea with children.

"All dressed up with his bow and tie and hat and all the little girls dressed up in their little princess dresses," said Denise Haddock, library assistant.

Also bearing his name is the Trinity Church parish hall in Watertown.

One parishioner, Jayne Graves, is also a former director of the United Way.

She believes MacSherry lived his life according to the tenets of a German theologian.

"A person who is deaf to his neighbor is soon deaf to God. And I think Dick MacSherry really understood that," said Graves.

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