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Jock Ferguson – December 17, 1924 to July 21, 2009


Jock Ferguson - December 17, 1924 to July 21, 2009
Jock Ferguson - December 17, 1924 to July 21, 2009

In loving memory of John Murray “Jock” Ferguson who passed away on July 21, at Princess Court.


Jock was born in Dryden to George and Maggie Ferguson on December 17, 1924. He attended public school and high school in Dryden. Jock served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942 until 1945 and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June of 1945 while serving on the LCIL 277.

After the war, Jock returned to Dryden and in 1947 married Leila Wilson, the love of his life. Jock and Leila were devoted to each other for 62 yeras. He is happy to be with her again. 

Jock spent his entire working life at the Dryden mill, working as a pipefitter and later in the mill fire department until his retirement.

Jock was a charter member of the Dryden Credit Union and served on its board for many years. He also served on the Vestry of St. Luke’s Anglican Church, was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Jock liked to travel-taking family trips when his family was young and later trips to Naval Reunions at places across Canada. He and Leila also enjoyed visiting England and Scotland and many cruises following retirement. They also made numerous trips to visit their grandchildren in Sault Ste. Marie.

Jock liked to garden and was well-known for the crocuses which covered his lawn on Pitt Avenue each spring. He enjoyed long walks with Leila, playing golf and also time spent at the family cabin on Ghost Lake. He was very proud  of his family, especially his grandchildren and great greatchildren.

Jock was predeceased by his wife Leila and his brothers Bert and Sandy.

He is survived by his sons John (Marlene) of Sault Ste. Marie and Murray (Vicky) of Dryden and by his five grandchilren and four great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews will also miss their Uncle Jock.

Funeral Services for the late Jock Ferguson were held Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 2 p.m. in St. Luke’s Anglican Church with Reverend Mary Mennell officiating. Internment followed in the Dryden Cemetery.

Visitation took place Friday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Stevens Funeral Home “Moffat Chapel”.

In Jock’s memory, donations may be made to the Tamarack House through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON, P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be e-mailed to subject: Ferguson.

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