Douglas MacPherson, 59, of Massena

Douglas MacPherson, 59, of Massena

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MASSENA – Douglas MacPherson, 59, of Grassmere Terrace passed away Saturday afternoon, February 2, 2019 at Massena Memorial Hospital from a sudden and unexpected illness. 

Douglas was born July 26, 1959 in Massena, the son of the late Angus and Margaret (Gonyea) MacPherson. He graduated from Massena High School in 1979 and took nursing courses through BOCES.  On June 21, 2003 he married Brenda J. Rusaw. 

He had previously worked at Sunoco Mini-Mart and in the health care field.  He enjoyed time with his wife, music, computers, telling a good joke, and attending services at Calvary Baptist Church. 

Douglas is survived by his wife, Brenda; his sisters, Esther and Robert Jareo of Massena and Laurie and Syd Girven of Rome; many nieces, nephews, and extended family. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Donald and John MacPherson.

There will no calling hours.  Services will be held privately at the convenience of his wife.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Calvary Baptist Church Memorial Fund or Massena Rescue Squad.

Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena where memories and condolences may be shared online at

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