Charles FERGUSON Obituary (2022) – Niagara, Ontario
On January 20, 2022, Charlie passed away peacefully at Hospice Niagara in St. Catharines with his wife, Elaine and son, Shaun, by his side. After 8 1/2 years of treatment for prostate cancer and then bone cancer, Charlie fought the good fight until the end, never wanting to stop trying. Charlie was Elaine’s loving husband of 36 years and best friend. He was the proud father of Jessica Drury (Peterborough) and Shaun Ferguson (St. Catharines). Stepfather of Jason Scott (BC) and Jeremy Scott (Wisconsin). Grandfather of Bracken Scott-Police and Noah Ollmann-Scott (BC); Emma Drury and Noah Drury (Peterborough). The youngest of 7 children in his family, Charlie was the younger brother of Don Ferguson (Port Perry) and Joan Demick-Morel (Parry Sound). Friend and brother-in-law of Gayle & Larry Brown (Peterborough) and Bonnie Nagel (Henrietta, NY). Charlie had many nieces and nephews and relatives in British Columbia and Ontario. Our pet, Dave the cat, will miss being the center of Charlie’s world. Dave will always have a place to sleep at the end of Charlie’s bed. Charlie’s career in the plumbing and heating industry began in 1985 when he was hired by Bardon Supplies Ltd. in external sales. In 2000 Charlie and his family moved to Niagara where he became a branch manager in Welland and then a new branch in St. Catharines. His career culminated there as Regional Manager, Niagara. Charlie was a well respected, knowledgeable and calm man who had an excellent rapport with staff and customers. He had an unparalleled work ethic. Charlie really looked forward to going to work every day. Customers became his friends and employees became his family, like his “work wife” Kelly. In March 2020, his ongoing chemotherapy treatments and the onset of COVID necessitated his retirement from Bardon. Charlie’s hobbies and interests included photography, drawing and art, amateur radio (VE3WCF), camping, canoeing, travel, all things electronics, and years ago, he was the “roadie” at Shaun’s magic shows. Charlie was not defined by his illness and refused to admit defeat. We are so proud of how he handled every hospital appointment, clinic treatment or pills at home without complaining. Thanks to Dr. Levesque, Dr. Hallock and the staff at Walker Family. Thanks to Wellspring Niagara for the help of the Prostate Cancer Support Group. Our gratitude to Monica and Shelly from Hospice Niagara, nurses Angel Kim and Jocelyne, and all the support from the Laurie LHIN and PSW related to Charlie’s home care. With the support of friends near and far, words cannot express our appreciation to Mary & Andy Millar, Lydia Dunkley, Cindy Moreton and Lucas Reid. We also have great neighbors and continue to treasure your friendship. We are extremely grateful to the staff and volunteers of Hospice Niagara in St. Catharines. They are sweet, caring people who are so compassionate and share their hearts with every resident and family. Charlie requested that no funeral service be held. The family will have a private meeting if necessary. Charlie’s wishes were that his ashes be scattered in a natural setting during the summer. We ask that you do not send flowers, but instead we would appreciate a donation to your favorite charity or Hospice Niagara. Online condolences available at www.cudneyfuneralhome.com.
Published by Niagara This Week on January 25, 2022.