Remembering Coach Dick MacPherson

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Tributes continue to come in honoring the life of Syracuse University football legend Dick MacPherson. 

The hall-of-fame coach died on Tuesday of natural causes at the age of 86, and on Wednesday, his family spoke out for the first time.

To the rest of us, he was Coach Mac, but to his grandchildren, he was puppa-- their role model, the man who helped raise them, the man they wanted to make proud in every way they could.

“I didn't learn how to snap a football because of him, I learned how to keep working at things I needed to get better at, and how I identify the things I need to get better at.  He never coached me.  He was always my grandfather,” said grandson and former Orange player Macky MacPherson.

The MacPhersons say their grandfather was much more apt to talk about golf than football as they grew up. 

He taught them by example about morality, character, good judgement and the value of working hard. 

The native of Old Town, Maine, shared with them a love of the community that embraced him and his entire family.

“You know, I think when Syracuse loses this old town guy with a New England accent, they're losing one of their own,” said grandson Cameron MacPherson.

SU Athletic Director John Wildhack says he's spoken with head coach Dino Babers about how the team will honor Coach Mac.  He says they haven't landed on the exact concept yet, but they will have something in place to remember the hall-of-fame legend throughout the season.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hendrick's Chapel at Syracuse University. The service will be held on Friday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at the same Chapel. 

Parking information:

Starting at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, and again on Friday, at 11:30 a.m., free parking will be available in the University’s lots on the west side of campus.

These lots include Stadium (STAD), Standart (STAND), and Fine (FINE).  

There will be a shuttle service available to transport visitors to and from Hendricks Chapel. For those in need of accessible parking, go directly to the Q1 lot.

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