Homicide victim William MacPherson, 60, remembered as 'devoted son'

The 60-year-old man killed last week and found dead on the banks of the Thames River south of downtown is being remembered as a “devoted son” who will be sadly missed by his family.

The 60-year-old man killed last week and found dead on the banks of the Thames River south of downtown is being remembered as a “devoted son” who will be sadly missed by his family.

William “Bill” MacPherson’s body was found in a ravine near the Thames River Friday night, Aug. 10. Police are investigating his death as a homicide.

The family is requesting privacy, his obituary states, and is hosting a private funeral service for close friends and MacPherson’s co-workers at the City of London.

MacPherson is survived by his mother, four siblings and several nieces and nephews, his obituary said. He had an outgoing personality and loved playing hockey and baseball.

Police are still appealing to the public for help tracing MacPherson’s movements in the days before his body was found. Police said the 60-year-old was last seen Thursday Aug. 9 before noon walking westbound on Bathurst Street from Richmond Street. He was wearing blue shorts and a blue shirt at the time.

MacPherson’s body was discovered near Wortley Road and Stanley Street, just north of the Old South neighbourhood, by a concerned citizen who alerted police around 7:45 p.m. Friday.

The case is London’s fourth homicide of the year.

Anyone with information is asked to call London police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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