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Marc Ferguson(1953-2012)

EASTHAMPTON- Marc Ferguson, 59, of Easthampton, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Sept. 20, 2012, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born July 1, 1953, in Stockton, Calif., the son of James K. and Patricia Malloy Ferguson. He attended schools in Stockton, graduated from University of California at Berkeley and moved to Massachusetts in 1985 to attend graduate school at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he received a master's degree in history.

Marc was a scholar and historian studying the Civil War, an intellectual who loved reading and learning, a devoted and loving husband and father, a loyal 49ers fan, a great cappuccino-maker, and a good listener. His patience, gentle demeanor and compassion helped him succeed in his often challenging work in human services for many years. More recently, he was employed as a teacher at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School where he was known for sharing a little bit of history whenever the chance arose,and at American International College, where he taught history.

Marc is survived by his wife, Brenda Temblador; his son, Gabriel Ferguson of Easthampton; his daughters, Olivia Ferguson of Easthampton and Rebecca Temblador-Vasquez of Arizona; and his four brothers, Andrew, Robert, Jim and Eric Ferguson, all of Stockton, Calif.

His family wishes to thank the staff at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Baystate Medical Center Respiratory Care and Palliative Care Unit and Baystate VNA/Hospice, as well as all of their friends who have provided support during Marc's battle with brain cancer.

A celebration of Marc's life will be held at the Unitarian Church in Northampton at 1 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2012. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Marc's memory may be given to the Educational Fund for Gabe and Olivia Ferguson at Freedom Credit Union in Easthampton or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Oct. 3, 2012
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