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Martin L. "Marty" Ferguson age 92 of Canton passed away peacefully Tuesday July 24, 2007 following brief illness. Marty was born July 9, 1915 in Toledo, OH. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Canton Council #341, North Canton Elks Club #2029, an avid swimmer at the CYC Community Recreation Center, also was a low handicapped golfer. He was World War II US Army veteran serving from 1942 to 1945. Marty was a proud member of the 760th Tank Battalion, Company C. During his Army career he served in the campaigns of North Africa, Sicily and throughout Italy. After the war he finished his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo. His work as respected electrical engineer began with Toledo Edison. He worked from 1955 until his retirement in 1980 for American Electric Power Corporation. He was best known as a troubleshooter of substation and high voltage problems. He consulted after his retirement and also invented and held numerous patents. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Berenice, "Bee", with whom he celebrated 52 years of marriage; and his son, Edward Paul, who died in 2001. He is survived by his two sons, Dr. Joseph M. (Evelyn) Ferguson of Abilene, Texas and Bernard M. (Patricia) Ferguson of Kettering, OH; and his two daughters, Patricia F. (Daniel) Kroy of Gilbert, Arizona and Mary D. Ferguson and her friend, Christy Nardacci of Dublin, OH. He was a very proud grandfather to Charles Ferguson, Brenda Ferguson, Brian Ferguson, Elizabeth Kroy, Amanda Kroy, Katherine Ferguson, Megan Ferguson and Daniel Ferguson and also enjoyed his three great grandchildren, Mary Ellis, Louise McNair, and Henry Charles. He kept busy in his retirement years with bowling, golfing, swimming and as a lector at St. Michael's. He cooked many meals for the Sisters at St. Michael's and was known for his banana nut bread, fruit cake and hot dog sauce. He volunteered with tax preparation for senior citizens for AARP for many years throughout Canton. He loved to cook and shared in "new recipes" with neighbors, church friends, and frequently prepared homemade care packages to his grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Church with Fr. Bradford N. Helman as celebrant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 6 to 8 p.m. in the Williams Funeral Home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to assist student tuition at either St. Michael's School and/or Central Catholic High School, Canton, Ohio.
Williams Funeral Home - Canton
2508 West Tuscarawas Street
Canton, OH 44708
Published in The Repository on July 25, 2007