Chris McPherson 23.9.1954 – 22.12.2015
REGIONAL Australia has lost one of its most progressive newspaper operators with the death of Chris McPherson.
From a family steeped in newspaper history dating back to 1888, Shepparton’s Chris McPherson led the way in many ways in the industry.
His great grandfather, Stanley Roy McPherson, began the family newspaper dynasty and he and his son Donald Roy continued it, as did Don’s sons Chris, Ross and Paul.
The three generation newspaper family (McPherson Media Group) continues as one of the last remaining independently owned daily newspaper operators in the nation, also publishing a number of weekly newspapers and a tri-weekly in northern Victoria and southern NSW.
Chris, was awarded Life Membership of the Victorian Country Press Association (VCPA), Victoria’s and Australia’s most progressive and independent newspaper association representing about 80 newspapers throughout the state. He was also awarded Life Membership of Country Press Association (CPA). Both Life Memberships followed many years of service to the industry and as president of both organisations.
Chris was known in the newspaper industry to be a fierce and fair competitor.
He mentored many in the newspaper industry too numerous to mention and was an enthusiastic member of many industry groups, organisations and committees, not least the Shepparton Apex Club.
Following Chris’s prostate cancer diagnosis eight years ago, he did what he was known to do best and took the fight head-on. One of his most endearing legacies would be the founding of the Biggest Ever Bloke’s Lunch movement, which now is operational in many parts of the state, raising over $2M to date.
Shepparton alone has raised over $700,000 since its inception.
On a lighter note, Chris loved the outdoors, often heading to the Wonnangatta Station area in the High Country of Victoria and many other outback 4WD trips with family and friends. On one particular occasion he and his mates planted logs in the river for the oncoming SKEETA Grimshaw postie bike riders. Caught up in the logs with a helmet full of water was this writer. Chris and his mates only realised who was on one of those bikes when I took my helmet off to empty it, or so it was said! There was huge laughter from the banks of the river.
Christopher Roy McPherson died after a long illness with prostate cancer at the Freemason’s Hospital in East Melbourne on Tuesday, December 22.
He was the youngest son of Elizabeth Mary (Bet) and Donald Roy McPherson (dec), husband of Gaye, father of James and Elizabeth, father-in-law of Megan and Alex, grandfather of Oliver and brother of Paul, Ross and Julia (McKay).
The Memorial Service will be held at St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Maude Street, Shepparton at 11am on Thursday, January 14.
Geoff Adams was a fellow Executive Council member of the Victorian Country Press Association with Chris McPherson and is publisher of The Adviser.