Saturday, May 2nd, 1931 – Wednesday, January 5th, 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Alexander Ferguson at his home near Williamstown, Ontario, on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, at the age of 90.
Beloved husband of 61 years to Elizabeth (nee Campbell) of Renfrew, and father to Alexander (Ginette), John (Mary), and Anne (Rae MacDonald); grandfather to Christopher (Whitney MacDonald), Melissa (Brandon Massia), Duncan, Sarah, Robin (Sydney DeVries), Liam (MacKenzie VanLoon), Craig, and Brenna; great grandfather to Leah Anne Massia and newborn Cash Alexander Ferguson. Gordon was the devoted eldest brother to Ruth Balkwill (the late Hugh) of Denver, Colorado, the late John ‘Jack’ Ferguson (the late Phyllis), Sheila Prince (Ron) of Nepean, Marilyn Cameron (Ralph) of Nepean, Ken (Beverly) of Cornwall, the late Mary Jane Ferguson and Linda Putnam (Paul) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews.
Gordon was born on the family farm on the South Branch Road, Cornwall, to Charles and Leaffie (nee Clark). He received his early education at SS#10 and CCVS before attending the Ontario Agricultural College, in Guelph, graduating with BSc Agriculture, class of ‘53. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets in Victoria, BC, worked on the construction of the St Lawrence Seaway and taught at Kemptville College.
In 1954 he began installing tile drainage and for the next 30 years his successful drainage business took him to many local farms, where many knew him for his good work. In 1959 he purchased the property located at Glen Gordon which he improved into a progressive cash crop farm. The farm includes a large woodlot which he took great pride in managing and enjoyed daily.
He and Elizabeth were long time members and elders of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, South Lancaster, Ontario. Gordon was a trustee for many years.
Small in stature but big in curiosity, Gordon had a keen interest in his family, friends and community. He reveled in the beauty of nature, all things mechanical, and genealogical research. He kept in touch with his Guelph classmates throughout his life and attended OAC 53’s 68th class reunion on Zoom in November. He cherished the pets they had, in particular, a cat named Boots.
Gordon will be remembered by those who knew him as a kind, considerate and unpretentious man, cherished for his inquisitive nature, fine intellect, astounding memory, and sense of humour.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Poilly and her team, caregivers Cynthia and Mackennna, whose dedication made it possible for Gordon to remain at home throughout his nine month battle with Glioblastoma.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the Munro & Morris Funeral Homes Ltd., 46 Oak St., Lancaster (613-347-3629). Due to the current restrictions, a private Celebration of Life will be held in the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, South Lancaster. To view the Celebration of Life click on the following link: https://youtu.be/Rk4xLbjjjBk . Interment will be in the spring. As expressions of sympathy, Memorial Donations to the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Building Fund or the Canadian Foods Grains Bank would be appreciated by the family. As a Memorial to Gordon, a tree will be planted in a memory woods. A tree grows – memories live. Condolences may be made online at www.munromorris.com