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Charles Ferguson

Charles E. Ferguson

Friday, April 22nd, 1927 - Thursday, August 6th, 2020
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PARISHVILLE – Charles E. Ferguson, 93, a longtime resident of Catherine Street, peacefully passed away Thursday morning, August 6, 2020 at his home with the love of his family at his side.

Charlie was born on April 22, 1927 in Norfolk, the son of the late Eugene and Marion (LaRue) Ferguson. He attended schools in Norfolk and later achieved his GED. In 1945, he entered the US Navy, proudly serving his country until his honorable discharge in 1947. On May 8, 1947, he married Rita Vivlamore at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Norwood. She predeceased him on June 15, 2003.

Charlie was a foreman for Orchard Paper in Potsdam before working for a short time at Nekoosa-Edwards Paper Mill. He later went to work at Clarkson University, where he worked for many years, retiring as a Custodial Foreman. A lifelong Catholic, he was a communicant of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Parishville, serving as their janitor for many years until its closure. He later started attending St. Patrick’s Church in Colton. Charlie also dedicated many years to his community as Fire Commissioner and member of Parishville Fire Department and a founding member of the Rescue Squad. He was also an active member of the Parishville Amvets Lodge #265. He had a great love for collecting antiques, refinishing furniture, and gardening.

Charlie is survived by his children, Ron and Louise Ferguson of Parishville; Richard Ferguson and Darcy Neveau of Parishville; and Mary Parker and Joseph Clookey of Dickinson; 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; his sisters, Pauline Vigeue of Ohio; Ruby Mercer of Georgia; Dorothy Gately of Norfolk; and Deanna and John McGinnis of Norwood; his brothers, Harold Gardner of Florida; and Lloyd “Red” Bresee of Parishville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Ann Norman in April 1979; a brother, Edward Ferguson; and a sister, Frances Hazen.

Friends may call at his home, 32 Catherine Street on Tuesday 2-8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated privately at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church on Wednesday. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Parishville.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider donations to Parishville Fire Department or the Parishville Amvets Post #265.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Visitation will be held at his home.
  • Service

    St. Andrew's Catholic Church
    2 Park Ave
    NORWOOD, NY 13668
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    Due to the current health restrictions, the funeral mass will be private.
    Rev. Andrew Amyot
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery - Parishville
    County Route 47
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Bonnie Paige

Posted at 06:01pm
family of Charlie sorry to here of his passing may he rip Bonnie &Bill Paige

Greg Ferguson, Barbara Ferguson, Brian Ferguson

Posted at 01:46pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy -- Greg Ferguson & family, Barbara Ferguson, Brian Ferguson & family
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Steven Hazelton

Posted at 10:08am
I fondly remember when i started doing student linen exchange for Potsdam Laundry at Clarkson. Charlie always said hello whenever he came by and was always kind and considerate.

Tammy, Kelly & John

Posted at 09:09pm
Sending our deepest, heartfelt sympathies. Uncle Charlie will be so missed and forever in our hearts. Love to all the family.
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Francis Laroue

Posted at 08:32am
Cousin Charlie and I worked together in the paper mill during the Summer of 1965. Great guy and kept me under his wing and or of trouble. Sorry that I never got to continue our relationship after college and the Army. I am sure he was a great dad and grandfather.
Francis LaRoue, nephew of Marion Ferguson Bresee.

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