The Sporting Life
Every Saturday, the first thing Edward T. Fergus Jr. did was drive to Dixville, N.Y., to tinker with his parents' boat and do some chores. Returning home to Wilton, Conn., he would go fishing on Long Island Sound with his 10- year-old son, Tom, and 11-year-old daughter, Shannon. Then, before dinner, he would work on the nearby house he was renovating. The question was: how?
"On-tap energy," said Allison Fergus, his sister. Working at Cantor Fitzgerald, he was home early enough for picnics in the boat with his wife, Linda, and the children. The winter sports were skiing and snowboarding, usually in Vermont.
Mr. Fergus, 40, organized the annual seaside vacation with his parents and two sisters, and coaxed his sisters out of Manhattan for events like the Norwalk Oysterfest. He was hard to miss, even in the church balcony. The priest always picked him out — a head above everybody, with red hair that nearly glowed.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 28, 2001.