Jan 4, 1923 - Dec. 26, 2012
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Hugh Gregor Ferguson
Jan.4, 1923 - Dec. 26, 2012
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our husband, father and Papa, Hugh Gregor Ferguson, on the morning of Dec. 26th.
Born in Victoria on Jan. 4, 1923 to Kenneth Robert Ferguson and Roberta Scott Ferguson (née Brown), Dad attended Boys Central Junior and Victoria Senior High School. Upon graduating, he followed his two older brothers into the Royal Canadian Air Force and shipped overseas on the RMS Queen Mary.
After the war, Dad enrolled in Victoria College at Craigdarroch Castle where he met the love of his life, Margaret June Short, in German class. Dad transferred to U.B.C. where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree and upon graduation began a successful 37 year career in the Ministry of Finance for the Government of British Columbia. Wedding bells also chimed for Dad and Mom towards the end of 1949.
In retirement, Dad re-connected with his green thumb as he puttered in their garden, taking special care of their Japanese garden "in the back forty". Of equal pleasure were the cruise trips Dad and Mom took in their beloved Sea Witch II along the BC coastline where Dad enjoyed an occasional swim with the resident harbour seals. Numerous photo albums describe their dream trips to various countries, including riding camels around the pyramids.
Dad leaves behind his beloved bride of 63 years, June; sister, Pam White; brother-in-law, Glenn Weatherhead; children Leslie (John), Pam (Jack), Keith (Leslee); grandchildren John (Jen), Jacqui (Papa's Princess), Mark (Jen), Amy, Greg (Kim), Adam (Meagan); great-grandchildren, Dylan, Shelby, Zoey and Erin, as well as nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Not one for any fuss, Dad requested no service. However, knowing him...he would be truly honoured if you were to lift a glass of single malt whiskey in his memory. Here's to you, Dad. Forever in our hearts.
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Jan. 5, 2013