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Donald Ferguson

Donald 'Manny" Ferguson Resident of Santa Clara On the morning of April 18, 2013, Donald 'Manny' Ferguson passed away in his home in Santa Clara, CA. He was 83 years old. Manny graduated from Santa Clara High School, San Jose State University and served on the Santa Clara Police Department for 34 years, 13 of which he was Chief of Police. Manny was very dedicated to his work and took pride in the officers and staff that he served with on the department. He was active in the community by being a member and President of the Santa Clara Rotary Club, Honorary member of the Portuguese American Club, Agnews Community Volunteer Service and several other organizations. A man of morals and integrity, he earned the love and respect of the Santa Clara community. He loved being around people and always took the time to listen with acceptance and optimism. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. We were all blessed with his warmth, compassion and generosity. With a great sense of humor, he entertained us with amusing stories and jokes. He loved....and knew that he was loved. Manny is preceded in death by his wife Norma, his brother Robert (Bud), and his parents. He is survived by his three children: Sheryle (Steve) Smigel, Sheryn (Steve) Sharp, Jon (Carolina) Ferguson. Grandchildren: Stephen, Aaron (Meagan) Smigel, Christen, Charlene (Cliff) Lee, Timothy, Jessica (Rushkin) Blank, Jon Jr., Christopher and Great grandchildren: Angelo, Lyla, Summer and Baylyn. Sister-in-law, Nancy Ferguson, numerous nieces and nephews, his cousins: Judy (Knut) Johansen, and Gilbert (Lois) Estes, and many good friends. Arrangements have been made with the Neptune Society. At Manny's request, there will be no services. Celebrate his life by taking the time to be kind, generous and appreciative of each other each day. Donations may be given to the or The Salvation Army in Manny's honor. 'To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children: To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty and find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has been breathed easier because you have lived, This is to have succeeded.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 25, 2013
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