1/19/2014 – Robert Ferguson, Clayton

The memorial service for Mr. Robert (Fergy) Ferguson, age 84, who died Sunday at his home, will be at 2:30pm Saturday, Jan. 25, at the River Community Church. Visiting hours will be from 1pm until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Fergy was born June 12, 1929, in Clayton, the son of Leo and Eva Guntorad Ferguson. He graduated from Clayton Central School.

He served in the United States Army for 4 years, where he was honorable discharged October 12, 1953.

On July 24, 1955, he married the former Marlene Reardon in Mannsville NY.

Fergy retired in 1991 from Graphic Controls where he was a Printer for 42 years. While working at Graphics, he also worked for the U.S. Postal Service part-time. One year after retiring he worked for the New York State Parks. He also worked for a time at the former Clayton Big M.

He was a former member of the Wednesday Night Men’s Golf League; he was a member of the Colon Couch Post 821 American Legion where he was past Commander and member of the Color Guard. He was also a member of the Clayton Fire Department.

Fergy enjoyed golfing, hunting and cooking at the hunting camp. He also loved fishing, especially Bullheads.

Surviving besides his wife Marlene are two daughter, Chris (Joe) Helmer of North Carolina, Terry Bearup of Clayton; three sons, Fred (Mary) of Avon NY, Dick (Colleen) of Oakfield NY and Jay (Laurie) of Holly NY; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

One sister Betty Puccia of Clayton, died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to either the Hospice of Jefferson County or the River Community Church.


  1. Cindy (Garnsey) McAleese Posted

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Ferguson family. Bob was a good man who was deeply respected and well liked by many people.

  2. Patty Brayen Posted

    Marlene and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a wonderful man and neighbor here in Riverview; he was the first person, after I’d been here about a month, to remember me from the past and say, “aren’t you Fred Brayen’s daughter?” This helped me feel more at home, after 35 years out of the area. He was so nice to everyone, great sense of humor – we will all miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  3. Lesa Winter Posted

    Rest in peace Mr.Ferguson, To the boysI am so sorry To your mom how sorry I am may your dad’s next journey have no pain

  4. Lynnette (Birdslow) Burke Posted

    So sorry to hear of Uncle Bob’s passing. We love you Aunt Marlene.

  5. Ed montrois Posted

    Bob was a very good friend. Jane and I always enjoyed being with Bob and Marlene. In fact Bob was with me when I first met my wife Jane! 1952!!

  6. Marlene, son and family,
    I was sorry to learn of Bobby’s death. The passing of a loved one always leaves an empty spot
    in the daily life of his family. Bob and I lived in the parsonage next door to you on Mary St.
    for 11 years, 1969-1979 and Bobbie was a thoughtful neighbor. He would keep the sidewalk
    and driveway open whenever we had a snow storm which was very often. I remember a humorous incident. Bob was putting a roof on the lower area one summer and my Bob who had never put on a roof , offered to help. When late afternoon came, Bob told my husband, “I gotta go play golf” and off he went, leaving his neighbor on the roof so Bob finished as best
    as best he could. I’m sure Bob has been reunited with his family in the Eternal life.

  7. Marlene and family, thoughts and prayers go your way at this sad time. Bob will always be remembered by us as a fun and thoughtful guy. May he rest in peace and friends and family comfort you and help yous through your loss.

  8. Renee Reff Miranda Posted

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was a good man. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Ed and Nancy Parker Posted

    Our thoughts and prayers our with your family.
    Just remember all the Fergyisms and he will never be forgotten.

    Ed and Nancy Parker

  10. Robert Smith Posted

    Sarah, Susan and I Smitty, Are so sorry to hear of your loss and of one of our vanishing Clayton gang.We had some great times together.remember,gone but never forgotten Bob Smith & family

  11. Diane Reff Morinigo Posted

    To Marlene, Fred, Jay, Richard and the rest of the family,

    My condolences to the family. I have known your family all of my life. You were always great neighbors of my grandmothers. I will miss his smile when I return to Clayton.
    Bob will always be remembered.

  12. Lorraine & Kenny Rogers Posted

    Marlene and family,
    So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have a lot of good memories working with Fergie at Graphic Controls, lots and lots of laughs and that’s how I want to remember him!! Our sympathy to you all…….

  13. Tim LaLonde Posted

    Fred and family-

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom and all the family. Your dad was a great guy that always seemed to be in a good mood. I have fond memories of him when we did our paper route.

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