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Ferguson; Robert Gerald

Posted By Obits On March 5, 2013 @ 1:44 pm In Obituaries | 21 Comments


FERGUSON – Robert Gerald; 89 of Hillside Pines, Bridgewater, formerly of Milton, Queens County, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2013.

Born in Imperoyal, Halifax Co. and raised in Petite Riviere, Bob lived in Milton, NS for many years. He was the youngest child of Samuel Howard and Annie Louise (Kempton) Ferguson.

As a teenager, Bob left school to open a blacksmith shop in Petite. After the death of his father, Bob was hired by the Nova Scotia Power Corporation where he was employed for 33 years, rising from a labourer to the Head of Hydro Maintenance for the province. Bob was a true “Mr. Fix It” repairing many appliances, vehicles and many other items over the years; always on a budget.  He built many things over the years: a travel trailer, a cabin, furniture, and more.  Bob was a long time member of Milton Christian Church, Disciples of Christ and also a school trustee. For many years, he and his wife, Mildred square danced, forming many strong friendships across Nova Scotia, Europe and the US. They loved to go for “spur of the moment” drives where they would stop along the way at their favourite restaurants or to visit friends.

He is survived by daughters Janice (James) Harvie of Bridgewater and Paula (Paul) Yarn of Dartmouth; his grandchildren: Mallory (Nathan England), Nathan, Shannon, and Liam Harvie, and Callyn (Jeremy Whalen), Christopher, Colin, and Camden Yarn;  sister in law, Audree ( Jason) Ferguson of Halifax.

Bob was predeceased by his cherished wife and best friend of 54 years, Mary “Mildred” Flemming. Bob was predeceased by his sister, Annie Louise Crocker, and his twin brothers, Jason Kempton and John William.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandler’s Funeral Home, Liverpool. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 23, at 2.00PM at Milton Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Reverends Joe and Pat Roberts officiating.  Reception to follow.  Burial will be at a later date. Family flowers only, donations may be made to Milton Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. The family would like to thank the compassionate caregivers at Hillside Pines particularly Amanda and Kim. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com




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Condolence from Richard and Peggy Hatt on March 5th, 2013 3:00 pm

Dear Janice and Paula and families .
Please accept our sincere sympathies on the passing of your dad and grand dad ..We sure missed him when he didn’t come home for the summer . He always walked faithfully and I enjoyed our many chats when he went by the house .He was such a gentle man and a very interesting one too .
Peggy and Richard Hatt and family

Condolence from Karen Wamboldt on March 5th, 2013 6:23 pm

Janice, Paula and Families, So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I will always remember Bob as a wonderful caring man. I enjoyed going to their house every week. Enjoyed all the talks with him and your mom who was such a wonderful loving person. I missed them alot when they moved to Bridgewater. Bob will be truly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad and difficult time.

Condolence from Patti Neilson-Fraser on March 5th, 2013 6:32 pm

Janice and Paula
You dad was a very special man and will be missed.

Condolence from Gerry & Phyllis Leaman on March 5th, 2013 10:37 pm

Janice, Paula and families Your Dad and Grandad was such a fine gentleman and so respected by our community. Everyone remembers chats with him as he did his many walks in the community. Our church has lost another good member.

Condolence from Wendy (Smith) MacAdams on March 6th, 2013 5:55 am

Janice, Paula and families

So sorry to hear of your recent loss. Take care of each other and know that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Wendy & Clyde

Condolence from Denton & Jeannette Orde on March 6th, 2013 7:10 pm

Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing and extend our sympathy to all of his family. I also worked for N.S.Power in the hydro division and had a close and memorable working relationship with Bobby over the years. God Bless, The Video was great he always had a smile.

Condolence from Noweta Nickerson , Ron Zwicker and My Dad Vincent Oickle on March 6th, 2013 7:26 pm

sending our heartfelt sympathy to all of the family, so sorry for your loss…we all have our great memories.,., which will be everlasting in all of our hearts.

Condolence from Jordan Inness on March 7th, 2013 6:07 pm

I really enjoyed working with him at the Nova Scotia Power Commission,he wil be missed by many…

Condolence from Anne and Darrell Conrad on March 8th, 2013 9:47 am

Jan, Paula and Familes – We are thinking of you during this difficult time!! You certainly have a lot of great memories which will help to get you through this difficult time.

Condolence from alan freeman on March 9th, 2013 8:28 am

I used to visit Robert weekly at Hillside Pines and we became close friends. I will miss him terribly.

May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.


Condolence from Sue & Jim Hunt on March 9th, 2013 9:39 am

Paula & family

So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May your memories help you through this difficult time.

Sue & Jim

Condolence from Rev Jen Garbin on March 9th, 2013 12:07 pm

Janice, Jim, Liam and Shannon – so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was such a happy man with so much love for all you and the rest of the family. THank you for sharing him with us all these years. He will be missed. May God’s strength and courage be yours – Jen, Gianni, Rita & Victor

Condolence from Gail Leaman-Rafuse on March 10th, 2013 7:12 pm

We may have not have spoken in years but the many good times shared with my Mom and Dad George & Lillian. Your Father will me missed as he was a wonderful person.

Condolence from Barb DeLong on March 11th, 2013 6:20 am

Janice – Sending sympathy to you and your family. May good memories be a comfort to you.

Condolence from Jim Minard on March 11th, 2013 8:46 am

I enjoyed working with Bob at NSPI, He always had a positive outlook on life and didn’t let the little things get in the way. My thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Judi & Ken Minard on March 14th, 2013 5:31 pm

Janice, Paula & families:

Your Dad was a fine man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Janice, Brian Buck and family on March 18th, 2013 6:20 am

Jan and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your father will be missed.

Condolence from L Robert (Bob) Feetham Manager Hydro Production (Ret) on March 19th, 2013 7:33 am

Dear Janice Paula and families.

My deepest sympathy over the loss of Bob he was one of the finest men I ever knew.We both worked for the NSPC and travelled the Province together from Wreck Cove to Tusket. The photo and obitunary bought back many memories of trips throughout the provinces hydro systems. My health will not allow me to be present at the sevice. I did pay him a visit at Hillside Pines last fall at Bridgewater and we remised for over an hour. God bless all the family.

Bob Feetham

Condolence from SRDFNS-South Shore Dancers and Federation Representatives on March 22nd, 2013 3:14 pm

The square dancers and South Shore Representatives of the Square and Round Dance Federation of Nova Scotia, offer our condolences to the family of the late Bob Ferguson with fond memories and appreciation for his and Mildred’s contribution to the square dance community, here at home and around the world.

Condolence from Kathi (Harding) Parlee on April 1st, 2013 4:52 pm

Janice, Paula and families – We were sorry to hear of Mr. Ferguson’s passing. Milton was a great family community because of people like him. Our sympathy and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Peggy Kelley on April 8th, 2013 2:09 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow.

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