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Gordon Ferguson

Gordon James Ferguson

Tuesday, February 17th, 1925 - Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
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Obituary

FERGUSON, Gordon James

A life well lived. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and a friend to many.

Dad was taken home to be with his Lord on October 28, 2020 at the age of 95 joining Shirley, his beloved wife of 69 years who predeceased him in 2018. He was also predeceased by his parents Jim and Edith Ferguson, and by his only brother Doug.

He leaves four children Jane Macdonald (the late Claude) in Calgary, AB; Jim Ferguson (Jan Pidhirny) in Vancouver, BC; Terry Ferguson (Danielle) in Cambridge, ON; and Kathy Gieni (Clint) in Battleford, SK; along with nine grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

Gord was born and grew up in Winnipeg meeting Shirley in 1941 at Gordon Bell High School. They were married in 1949. Gord joined the RCAF during WWII and upon completion of his training was commissioned as a Pilot Officer. He performed his service in Canada and received an honourable discharge in January 1945. He then pursued a career in sales and eventually joined Sun Life where he worked in group sales management in Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver, and Regina. In 1977, he and Shirley moved to Waterloo where Gord worked for Dominion Life which later became part of Manulife. After retiring from Manulife, Dad then worked for Wright Mogg & Associates until his final retirement at age 70.

Dad first joined Rotary in 1972 in Regina, transferring to the Kitchener-Waterloo club in 1977 and then in 1981 was one of the charter members for the new Kitchener-Westmount club, serving as President in 1990. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow and made an Honorary Lifetime member and continued to be an active member of the club until his death. Since 1997, he has also been a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Probus Club including one year as President in 1999. Gord also served as a director of Crime Stoppers, Chairman for Neighbourhood Watch, and has been a long-time supporter of KidsAbility. Gord made friends easily as he was always interested in others and had a marvellous way of making others feel good. He was a man of integrity and will be remembered for his hearty laugh and firm handshake by all who knew him.

Gord's family will receive friends on Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 6-8 pm at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener 519-749-8467.

A memorial service celebrating Gord's life will take place at 1:30 PM, Friday November 13, 2020 at Community Christian Reformed Church, 1275 Bleams Road, Kitchener.

Private cremation has taken place.

Masks are mandatory. Please pre-register at the funeral home’s website to attend the visitation or service.

In lieu of flowers, donations to KidsAbility would be appreciated.

We wish to express our gratitude and thanks to the nurses and staff at both Fairview Retirement Suites, Cambridge and the Cambridge Memorial Hospital for their care and compassion provided to Dad while in their care.

Visit www.henrywalser.com for Gord's memorial.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd.
    Address
    507 Frederick St.
    Kitchener, ON N2B 2A5
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    Notes
    *Please note that face coverings are required. Non-medical masks, bandanas, paper disposable masks or scarves and cloth can be used. Please keep 2 metres (6 ft) apart.*
  • Service

    Friday, November 13th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    When
    Friday, November 13th, 2020 1:30pm
    Location
    Community Christian Reformed Church
    Address
    1275 Bleams Road
    Kitchener, ON
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    *Please note that face coverings are required. Non-medical masks, bandanas, paper disposable masks or scarves and cloth can be used. Please keep 2 metres (6 ft) apart.*

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Donations are being accepted for: KIDSABILITY CENTRE FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION.

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John & Stella Ruza

Posted at 07:08pm
Dear Danielle and Terry:
Please accept our condolences on the passing of your beloved father Mr. Gord Ferguson.
I remember his kindness and gentleness towards all the staff at Parkwood. When he made the transition from Parkwood to Fairview, we at Parkwood felt that we lost a good Friend and Resident. It was our loss but Fairview’s gain.
I remember him with Shirley his beloved wife taking strolls around the building. Gord portering Shirley was a picture to see and remember. They both looked handsome and happy to be together.
Dear Family, we have you in our prayers during this time of bereavement. God’s blessings, John and Stella Ruza, Parkwood Mennonite Home.
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