FERGUSON _ John Bowie Born September 5th 1938 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Passed away peacefully at home in LaSalle, Ontario on July 14th, 2007. Loving husband of 48 years to Joan Elizabeth (Bate). Wonderful father to Christina (Paul Ruhl), Catherine (Paul Surowiec), John Ferguson (Stephanie Paiva) and Joanne Ferguson (Kevin Feagan). He was blessed with 10 loving grandchildren Kyle, Carly, Austin, Kurtis, Jack, Emily, John, Grace, William and Nicholas. Cousin of James and Dorothy Ferguson and family of British Columbia, as well as many extended family members. John had a life long passion for his family as well as soccer, lacrosse, hockey and horses. John earned respect in his professional hockey career as a player with the Montreal Canadiens, winning five Stanley Cups and as an executive with Team Canada '72, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, and the past 11 years with the San Jose Sharks. John bred, owned and raced thoroughbred and standardbred horses throughout North America. He received many honours and accolades in his professional career and within the horse racing industry. At a very early age he demonstrated a commitment to helping those less fortunate than he. He was a generous man and was involved in many charitable organizations. John was an avid golfer and a member of the St. Charles Country Club of Winnipeg, and Essex Golf and Country Club, home to his 11 th Annual John Ferguson Charity Golf Classic. Following cremation, visitation will be held at Families First Funeral Home and Tribute Centre, 1- 800-510-9887, 3260 Dougall Ave., Windsor, Ontario on Friday, July 20th from 4-8 pm. Memorial Service will be held at All Saints Anglican Church on Saturday, July 21st at 11:00am, 330 City Hall Square, Windsor. www.FamiliesFirst.ca . As an expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Montreal General Hospital Cardiac Unit, Princess Margaret Hospital G.U. Unit in Toronto, and/or the Windsor Regional Hospital Diagnostic Unit. John's spirit will continue to live on in all of us whose lives he touched.
Published in The Province on July 17, 2007