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Charles MacKay Ganson Jr.

November 10, 2021


Charles MacKay Ganson Jr. died in the Newton Wellesley Hospital on Nov 10th, three days before his eighty-second birthday. Until a few days before his sudden death he was able to do what he loved: play golf and tennis; care for his wife and home; walk his Corgis and work full time.


Mack was founder and president of Ganson & Company, and served as an investment advisor, private Trustee and fiduciary to a wide span of family, friends. clients and colleagues, to whom he offered management, problem solving and advice. He was a sometimes gruff, gentle giant who dedicated his life to guiding others. As a manager and counselor, he was direct and clear. He held himself to high standards and expected the same of everyone around him.  As one client said; “Mack was the man who made things happen, the person you turned to with problems.” A fellow investor said that Mack’s opinions were “always filled with witty, clever and amusing retorts that masked a deeply thoughtful, considerate, loyal, and principled man.”


Mack lived his whole life in Weston, MA. He attended Philips Academy Andover, Yale University, and Harvard Business School after which he worked at Price Waterhouse and the Bank of Boston before starting his own firm. Mack was involved for some years managing public funds for the Town of Weston, and was a long-term treasurer of The Country Club in Brookline, MA.  He loved traveling to England and Europe to play golf, visit friends, and spend time with family.


He leaves behind his wife Julia and her two sons, Alex and Matthew; his brother, John Ganson and wife Janet of Lincoln and their sons Adam, Jay and his wife Leslie; his sister Carol Burnes next door, her two children, Hannah Burnes, and Jamie Burnes of NM; and nine nieces, nephews and grands who delighted him. A vast number of cousins, and his many close friends will miss him sorely. And a few favorite golf courses in Brookline, South Carolina, Scotland and Weston will miss the glory of his swing, and vivid memories of his repeated victories on the17th hole at Yeamans Hall will live on in the hearts of friends.


There will be a celebration of Mack’s life sometime in spring 2022. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to ASPCA and to Rosie’s Place, Boston MA. To

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