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Obituary for Malcolm Stuart MacGregor, Sr.

Malcolm Stuart MacGregor, Sr., 91, former Fire Chief for the Town of Acton, MA where he was a life long resident, died peacefully at home on Friday February 21, 2020 surrounded by his family.

Born in Concord, MA and raised in Acton, he was the son of the late Hanson Stuart MacGregor and Ruth Helen (Hewitt) MacGregor. A graduate of Acton High School, he served honorably as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps at the end of WWII. He attended Northeastern University, and like his father was a member of the Charles A. Welch Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Concord.

Former Chief MacGregor began his career in fire service for the Town of Acton on December 12th, 1949 as a firefighter, attaining the ranks of Lieutenant on May 13, 1963, and Captain on August 1, 1968. He was appointed Fire Chief May 23, 1975, serving until his retirement on December 4th, 1990. He was a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, taught classes at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Hudson, MA and fire science at Mt. Wachusett Community College, and was a member of the Arson Investigation Unit in Greenfield, MA.

He loved working around the house on carpentry, plumbing and masonry projects with his family, and enjoyed helping veterans in his position as the former Acton Veterans’ Agent.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his daughter Ashley W. MacGregor and a sister Doris Barry. He is survived by his wife Sharlene (Jones) MacGregor; 5 children, Scott MacGregor and wife Koshanna, and Malcolm S. MacGregor, Jr. and wife Julie, all of Lunenburg, MA, Rob Roy MacGregor and wife Lisa of Bolton, MA, Natacha MacGregor of Mission Viejo, CA, and Paul MacGregor of Acton; his former wife Natacha MacGregor; 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and a great-great granddaughter.

Visiting hours are Wednesday February 26th from 4-7 P.M. at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton. Interment is private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516, online at

To download a Wounded Warrior Donation Form to mail with a check, please go to the bottom of this memorial page and select the link for a memorial program. We have substituted the form for a service program. Thank you.

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