Thomas (Tom) Hastings Ferguson
After a courageous battle, fought with dignity and determination to regain his health, Tom passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019 with his soulmate of 39 years, Anthony Helpard, never far from his side. Born in Glace Bay, Cape Breton on November 2, 1942, the son of William MacKay Ferguson, LLB and Frances Dalton Ferguson, RN, PHN, and brother of Sarah Ann Ferguson who predeceased him, he is survived by his sisters, Isabel (Jill) Jean Ferguson (Dartmouth), Nancy Ferguson (Florida), Shirley Ferguson Druhan (Ottawa) and his brother, John William Ferguson (Muriel) (Ottawa) as well as his Aunt Barb Dalton Jenkinson (Geoff) of Australia and his nieces, Kailie Benson (David) (Cheasepeake), Joanne Wilson (Colorado), Vanessa Maxwell (Russ) (Georgia), Maggie Fournier (Justin)(Ottawa) and his nephews, all of Ottawa, Liam Druhan (Tania), Thomas Wilson, Jed Ferguson (Erin) and Caleb Ferguson. He was a Grand Uncle to Ryleigh and Sam Benson and Liam and Owen Druhan, Jack Fournier and Hugo and Calista Ferguson and Isabel, Patrick, Caroline, Paul, Henry, Joseph and Christopher Mitchell. His first cousin, Ralph (Anne) Ferguson predeceased him. He is also survived by first cousins, Ron (Donna), Diane (Ron) MacDiarmid, Mollie Purdy Palmer (Gary), Arthur and David Trenholm as well as Peter, Robert and Margaret Dalton, Brian and Janet Jenkinson (Hope) Oshibour.
The “Best Big Brother Ever!!”, Tom was a dedicated teacher at J. A. Illsley High School, Halifax who held leadership positions with the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union and was a member of the Board of the Nova Scotia Retired Teachers’ Association, volunteering in various roles over the years. Educated at Morrison High School and Dalhousie University, his expertise in the field of computer studies was developed from the early years of computer technology until his passing. In his retirement, Tom enjoyed an interesting association with the Gates Foundation. If you ever needed advice in this area, Tom was the best person to ask. He pursued his interest in music, piano (mentored by Mrs. Florence Adams) and pipe organs from a young age and was an avid listener and supporter of classical music. In addition to his immediate family, he has left a close-knit circle of friends who celebrate his life and mourn his passing. Internment arrangements to be announced at a later date. The family thanks all those who visited and supported Tom, especially Doreen and Karl, Anthony’s parents and the staff of the Victoria General Hospital and The Infirmary who cared for Tom over the past several months. For online condolences, please visit: www.eastcoastmemorial.ca
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