Taylor MacPherson died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.
Born of Scottish descent 71 years ago, he was the toughest of men and the gentlest of men.
With his wife, Ann Thompson, he migrated nearly 20 years ago from New Hampshire, the state of his birth, to Venice, Fla.
His drives were down the middle, his swing silky smooth and effortless, but boating trumped golf in the Venice years, and his lifelong love of the water became a vocation.
Years of entrepreneurial ventures in varied worlds culminated in a long career as yacht broker with MarineMax, a role he dearly loved. In 2006, redoubling his yacht world calling, he served as Commodore of the Venice Yacht Club; a primary goal, fulfilled, was an unparalleled uptick in youthful members.
Taylor’s word was ever his bond. He walked among princes and paupers with the same gait.
To know him was to love him. He fought the good fight against aggressive cancer until the end. Only the good die young.
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
He leaves his wife, Ann Thompson; son, Jim MacPherson; daughter-in-law, Jen MacPherson; and grandsons, Nolan and Dylan MacPherson, all the loves of his life.
Services: A farewell gathering will be on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Venice Yacht Club, 1330 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice, Fla. Please join us.
Contributions: No flowers, please. Memorial donations may be made to the Captain Mac Fund, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, 601 Tamiami Trail South, Venice FL 34285, a fund to benefit youth with perceived potential and lack of access to paths of achievement in the marine, yachting and marine sciences realms.