Raymond FERGUSON

FERGUSON Raymond "Ray" Alexander It is with sorrow, but also peace, that we announce the passing of Raymond (Ray) Alexander Ferguson on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 in Red Deer, Alberta. Ray will be greatly missed by his children, John (Jane) and sons, Nick and Daniel; Marian (Soren) Sorensen and children, Dana (Katie), Jodie and Cory; Shirley (David) Gyori and children, Michael, Lindsey-Rae and Jordan. He had great love for his children and grandchildren which he demonstrated with quiet reserve. Ray is also survived by his sister, Mary (John) Mader; sister-in-law, Ann Ferguson, numerous nieces and nephews and his wife, Dickie's remaining family in Holland. Ray was predeceased by his loving wife, Dickie; his parents, John (Jack) and Rebecca; his stepmother Mary, his brother Douglas and sister-in-law Mary, brother John, and infant sister Alice. Ray was born October 15, 1921, in Edmonton, Alberta where he spent his formative years before riding the rails across Canada and finally settling in Turtleford, Saskatchewan working on numerous farms. Ray proudly served Canada in Northwest Europe as a Regimental Intelligence Sergeant in WWII. He was awarded the Commander In Chief Certificate by Field Marshall Montgomery for exemplary service. On September 24, 1946 he married Dirkje (Dickie) van 't Wel in Baarn, Holland where they resided until 1950. Ray drove taxi and bus and became fluent in the Dutch language. Upon his return to Canada he worked for the Edmonton City Police Force, CNR, and Alberta Wheat Pool. Ray and Dickie settled in Sylvan Lake in 1951 where they operated a dray delivery and taxi service. In 1953 they became agents for United Farmers of Alberta, operating a petroleum dealership called Ray's Maple Leaf Service until 1979. Ray was very dedicated to his customers, and was known to make emergency deliveries in the middle of the night when it was bitterly cold. He also drove for Prairie Bus Lines for over 20 years. Ray was very musical, playing guitar, percussion and various reed instruments in pipe bands, community bands and dance bands. Any opportunities to play and hone his craft were eagerly anticipated. Ray served as President of the Sylvan Lake Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and also as the Red Deer Constituency President for the CCF and the New Democratic Party. A Memorial service will be held at the Chapel of the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home on Saturday, September 23 at 1:30 P.M. with Father Victor Eze officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Sylvan Lake Cemetery. Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House. If so desired, donations may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the SPCA. SYLVAN LAKE AND ROCKY FUNERAL HOMES your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.