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FERGUSON, Gordon “Butch”

1945 –2011

Gordon Joseph Ferguson passed away peacefully on Monday, December 5, 2011 at the age of 66.

Gordon was born in Halifax Nova Scotia and was raised in Cape Breton with his 5 brothers and 1 sister. Together they had a wonderful childhood playing on the beach and fishing for clams and lobsters in the harbour. In 1961, after being buried in the coal mine three times, Gordon’s father Donald decided to move his family out west to Alberta so his son’s would not have to work the mines like their father.

After high school, Gordon worked at Canadian Freightways loading transport trucks. He was soon moved to the office where he began his career in the group insurance section of the company. Gord was a respected claims analyst for many insurance firms throughout his 40+ year career. In 2010 he finally retired from Dominion of Canada as the senior analyst in charge of Western Canada.

Gord enjoyed many hobbies and was an avid fisherman spending many summers with his family and friends at his favourite fishing spot, Dee Lake. Coming from a very musical family, Gord and his brothers would jump at any opportunity to get together and play family musical favourites until the wee hours of the morning. He also played drums in a country band called the Corral #9 Medicine Show and was often hired to play various locations around Calgary during stampede week.

Gordon is survived by his wife Deborah (nee Wrangham), his three sons Dean (Amy), Shon and Kyle, daughters Yenita (Scott) and Alysha and grandsons Gavin and Cameron. Gordon is also survived by his loving brothers Bryan (Sarah), Lou (Dawn), Ron ( Linda), Don (Edie), Stan (Dawn), sister Eileen and many nieces and nephews who were close to his heart.

Gordon was predeceased by his mother Marie Olive and father Donald Joseph Ferguson in 1981.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Gord’s favourite charity, KidSport Canada – Alberta, Box 36107, Lakeview RPO, Calgary, AB T3E 7C6 Telephone: 1-(888) 91-4kids or (403) 217-3761, www.kidsportcanada.ca.

In living memory of Gordon Ferguson, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Lindsay Coates :

    Dean & Amy & Gavin
    My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
    L

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  2. Dean Ferguson :

    While I am glad you are no longer suffering, it truly hurts my heart to know you are no longer here with us. I am so grateful for the time we had together dad and I miss you deeply.

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  3. Bryan, Sarah Ferguson :

    You will be greatly missed brother, you leave a great legacy to your presence with the family, if we all can make such a difference in this world, we would be considered a success. We love you and will forever miss your kind heart and beautiful soul

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  4. Christine Wayne :

    To Deb:
    Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss. I am deeply saddened by Gord’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you. We’ll talk soon.

    Love Chrissy

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  5. Don & Edie Ferguson :

    Butch,
    We know you have gone to a better place, we know that better place just got better by your presence.
    Please save a place for us and we’ll see you there one day.
    Love you Brother!!

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  6. I would like to share with Gord’s family how much I enjoyed working with Gord at The Dominion of Canada Insurance. For sometime I worked in the office next to Gord’s and he was delightful, so easy going, such an easy temperment. Gord has left a lot of good memories for a lot of people, of time spent with him.

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  7. Kerry Armstrong :

    Though I only knew Gord a few short years, I found Gord to be very fun guy, he would tell me stories of his music career as I worked around the house he and his beautiful wife Deb shared. I’m happy that I got to know such a kind soul. My heart goes out to Deb and the rest of the family.

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  8. Jackie, Ivan, Ryan & Katelyn Lorentz :

    Debbie & Family,

    Words cannot express your loss. Though Gord is gone, he will be forever in our hearts. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  9. phil & della selinger :

    Sorry to hear the loss of a gentleman in his youth. Our condolences to the rest of the family.

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  10. Ron & Linda Ferguson & Family :

    Butch,

    In so many ways, the relationship between siblings is so very special. As the oldest, there has never been a moment in our lives that you weren’t there. We were born to the same parents, grew up together, taught the same values. In our lifetime, you experienced most things first, paving the way for all of us coming behind you. We will miss you. We love you.

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  11. Dave and Wendy Williams :

    Dear Dean: You are a much loved son-in-law and we are so very proud to have you in our family. We know that as the oldest son, a lot is being asked of you right now, and we see you handling it with dignity and compassion. We did not have the opportunity to visit often with your Dad and get to know him better, but we shared several family celebrations with Gord and Debbie, and with your Mom Karri over the past ten years. These celebrations (your engagement, birthdays, your wedding) have been some of our happiest times, but the greatest joy we shared with Gord, was that of becoming a first time grandparent. We know how much he loved his grandson and we will do our part to make sure as Gavin grows, that he will know that he was a very special little boy to his Grandpa Ferguson. Gavin and Cameron will be watched over by their “Grandpa Angel”. May God keep you Amy and Gavin in His Care. Wendy and Dave

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  12. Dave and Wendy Williams :

    Debbie: Our deepest sympathy to you in this time of loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Wendy and Dave

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  13. Dave and Wendy Williams :

    Shon, Yenita and Scott, Kyle, Alysha …. May God support and comfort you as you grieve the death of your Dad. Dave and Wendy

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  14. Stan and Dawn Ferguson and family :

    They say a brothers love is forever and that has always held true with us. Being the oldest you were the teacher of our life lessons and the example for us to follow. We will always have you in our hearts and hope you join with Dad and Mom watching over us all. You will be loved and missed forever, Butch.

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  15. Carol Ferguson :

    Gord,

    Many, many years we spent working together, laughing together and sharing our children together. There was a quiet special kind of love between us that will now be sadly missed. Gord, you will forever be in my heart and you will always make me smile. God bless you.

    Carol

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  16. Rich and Heather Mayers :

    Dear Debbie and family,
    We’re so very sorry to hear your sad news. For Gord it is probably a blessing that he is no longer suffering, however no doubt it is very difficult for you to lose him. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Sincerely,
    Rich and Heather

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  17. Marie-Anne Alward :

    I was so sorry to hear that Gord had such a short retirement. I hope he saw most of the long list of movies he planned to watch. I worked with him from 2005 to 2009, and though I was in the Vancouver office of Dominion, we spoke almost daily. Gord’s knowledge of insurance claims was wide and deep. We shared a love of the business and much laughter. He made many a bad day better with his understanding and support. Gord enjoyed the technical aspects of his work immensely, even when there was too much of it. My sincerest condolences on the loss of such a gentle soul.

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  18. Sending all my love out to the rest of my family…I love you all, ,and I am so sorry you are all going through this. Uncle Gord was so special, he had such a soft, loving heart. I will always hold dear the wonderful memories you helped make. Words cannot say how saddened I am to be writting this..but I am happy that you are in a better place, and taking care of us all along with Grandma & Grandpa. You will be forever missed uncle Gord. Love always Corey.

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  19. Our condolences to the whole family at such a sad time..God bless you all.. Barb and Arnie

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  20. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Gord’s family. Over the years working in the insurance claims industry I had many occasions to work with Gord. He was a fine insurance claims specialist and human being. Gord will be missed.

    Rest in peace Gord.

    Jean

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  21. I am very sad by your passing Uncle Butch. I have very fond memories of the family growing up in Calgary, rooms filled with music and laughter and you were a very large part of that. You will be missed here on earth Gord but you will live in our hearts for the rest of our time. Lots of love, Donny.

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  22. Deb, So sorry to hear about Gord’s passing. I only knew Gord at work and always enjoyed stopping into his office for a chat. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Dianne Boyd

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