Raymond C. Ferguson

Born: Wed., Jan. 30, 1935
Died: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018


Visitation

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Jan. 22, 2018
Location: Mathewson-Forani Funeral Home, Inc.


Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Tue., Jan. 23, 2018
Location: St. Matthew's Church


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Raymond C. Ferguson, 82, of East Syracuse passed away with his loving family at his side, after a brief illness.  He retired from Rollway Bearing, LiverpoolUAW Local 798, after 29 years of service.  He received an honorable discharge from the ArmyNational Guard in 1958 and was a member of the American Legion.  He was a loving father and grandfather that enjoyed spending time with his family, going fishing (but not catching much), playing cards, bingo and building wood crafts for his grandchildren.  His favorite phrase was his grandchildren “made it all worth it”.  He was pre-deceased by his loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy in 2014 and his sister Beverly.  He is survived by his children Debora, Raymond, Pamela (Paul) Moynihan, Mark (Laury) Ferguson, Lisa (Sean) Pierce, and Susan (Jason) Bracy. Brothers Charles (Shirley), Edward (Nancy) and Richard (Betty) and sister Carole.  Grandchildren, Gary, Joseph and Tiffany Longden, Amy and Raymond, Jason (Kristy) Wallace, Tina (Shawn) Sweeney, Jessica, Sarah, Adam (Michelle) Groth, Brittany (Dan) Groth, Madison and Michael Pierce, Tyler and Evan Bracy.  Great grandchildren, Summer and Joseph LongdenMeliko Telfer, Amanda, Eli and Lilianna Wallace, Teagan and Caoilinn Sweeney, Zachary Groth.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:15am in MATHEWSON-FORANI FUNERAL HOME, INC AND 11AM in St. Matthew's Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Dewitt. Calling hours are Monday from 4-7pm at the funeral home 206 KinneSt., East Syracuse, NY. The family would like to thank the ICU staff at St. Joseph's Hospital for the wonderful care of their father. Please leave a condolence for the family at mathewsonforani.comIn lieu of flowers, the family askes that donations be made to your favorite charity in his honor.

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Dustin Adams
   Posted Fri January 19, 2018
I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is aching with you. I am truly honored to have had the honor of knowing him and being able to spend time with such a funny, caring, wonderful man. May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace needed to get through the days ahead. My sincere condolences

Gretchen Eddy Pepe
   Posted Fri January 19, 2018
Some of my very best memories are of the time I spent with Sue at the Ferguson's house. Mr. Ferguson was a huge part of hose memories and could always be counted on to make me laugh. Such a hardworking, amazing man. My deepest condolences to the Ferguson family. ❤️

Mike Cartini
   Posted Sat January 20, 2018
Deb and family - sorry for your loss. I remember delivering your paper almost 50 years ago and seeing your dad! Hopefully you all have many fond memories to comfort you now and in the future. My condolences to all.

Chris antonik
   Posted Sat January 20, 2018
Ferguson family so sorry for the loss. Such a wonderful man.

kathy and mike capriotti
   Posted Sat January 20, 2018
Pam.Paul and family we are so sorry for your loss of your father. He was a wonderful man and we are so honored to get to know him. He is with Angels Wings and has flown home to his beloved wife family and friends. He is looking down on all of you and smiling down on all of you and knows that you all will be ok and will want you to continue with all your traditions that were passed down to you all. He is in no more pain and is at peace in God's kingdom. Our greatest of sympathies are with you all in this time of sorrow. May God Bless you all and with much love. Kathy and Mike Capriotti

Carolyn Servello Cook
   Posted Sat January 20, 2018
To the entire Ferguson family, my prayers are with you. We saw Ray and Dorothy a few years ago on a visit to East Syracuse. We sat at their kitchen table and talked about old times. Dorothy was my Godmother, and she knew my mother Mary Jane Servello for many many years. I use to babysit the kids, now adults. I have many pictures of them together. I wondered how everything was, since Dorothy passed. Sent a Christmas card this year. But hopefully Raymond received it. Again many prayers for everyone God Bless.

Kevin Raynor
   Posted Sat January 20, 2018
So sorry for your loss, as the gates of heaven open up and another angel will you down on you all to guide you with strength and love and peace . Praying for you all your in prayers during this time of sorrow .God Bless

Lorraine Luton
   Posted Sat January 20, 2018
Dear Lisa, Sue and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. May you all find comfort in knowing your Dad is with your Mom now. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Sincerely, Lorraine, Jim and Camber Luton.

Anthony Ezzo Jr.
   Posted Sun January 21, 2018
My tribute to a great man a gradfather figure to me Raymond Ferguson. My name is Anthony Ezzo Jr. I've known Ray for the entire 43 yrs I've been alive. For obvious reasons we don't share a 43 yr friendship but it's safe to say our bond began in 1999. That year my Aunt Virginia Merritt passed away in October I believe. You see my aunt owned 111 Greentree dr with my late Uncle (Bob) her husband untIl his death in 1987. The house was purchased by my father and me and my brother Aaron moved in. We were young wild careless and punks. But one thing we weren't was disrespectful (unless it was loud music at night cops NEVER called) to our elders. The sort of bon me and Aaron had with Ray broke open the day we moved in. The smile on his face is one i'll never forget. He said to me Tony I said I'm Anthony or Tone Ray. He said well to "S&&T" with that your dad isn't here and we both laughed. You see not funny to most but Ray is the only person in my life to get away with on a consistent basis of calling me Tony. NO ONE but him ever has in that manner and to shut that door he opened NO ONE ever will again call me by the name Tony. Owning a home is not easy work and me and my brother at ages 25 (me) and 23 (Aaron) we didn't have a clue about neimg homeowners. But we did have the best thing anyone could ever ask for. That thing was the neighbors of Ray and Dorthy (and Rays tools of which he always reminded me and Aaron that we needed to have and the sizes) Two beautiful people who wore their hearts on their sleeves. She the kind loving soft voice you can hear and just feel better knowing she was there and Ray the Man's man with his height and broad shoulders and distinct voice. Ray told me and Aaron many story's over the years of his youth and we learned a lot about how that physique played a roll in his life. But under that manly physique was a gentle man who cared so much about those he loved. Over the years of him cutting our front lawn and lending us tools and left overs of his wife's amazing cooking a mutual love formed between us three of a grandfather we hadn't had anymore and one who was amazing to us the only way he knew to be. You see this man was truly what I hope to be when I'm the neighbors later on in life.I lived in that home off and on (mostly on) until October of 2012. Me and my new wife had purchased a home in Cicero. Ray was very upset when we left he wanted us to stay and start a family there. I even told him and Dorothy to try to talk my then wife out of moving it didn't work. When news of Dorothy death had reached me we had missed the services and I felt extremely awful and still do for not being there. I reached out to Ray to express my condolences. Recently I had separated from my wife and moved back into 111 Greentree dr. I went over and shared the news with Ray and he was exactly as I knew he'd be. Sad that my marriage didn't work out as he cared for my ex deeply. He was also happy I was home. We had coffee and talked for a couple hours. Then it was like I never left. One summer day he helped me open one of the front windows and it was stuck and even though I knew how to open it with his help and so he didn't pinch his fingers did that matter? Nope he said Tony I'll be right back and you guessed it grabbed some tools and when he said go pop the window opened and out came SOB that hurt. I pinched my GD fingers. I couldn't help but burst into laughter. He looked at me and did the same. We shared some special moments until the sudden end of his amazing life. One of which touched me in way I'll never forget. Sometimes in life we get lucky enough to meet special people. People who stand out from the rest. I can say I did and I'll never forget them both. I'm sad to see you go Ray. I'll miss you for ever. But as we talked about this past year about your love for Dorothy and how you missed her. You miss her no more. I love you. May you rest in peace.

Gracellyn
   Posted Sun January 21, 2018
Uncle ray...you will be eternally missed..
Especially your laughter..❤❤❤🕶

Joe & Judy Pompo
   Posted Sun January 21, 2018
To the Ferguson Family, We are truly, truly sorry for the unexpected passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. All our love, Aunt Judy, Uncle Joe and family

Kay Maraia
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
Our deepest condolences to the Family.

Kay and Gary

Mike and Dawnelle Jager
   Posted Thu February 15, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Ray had a twinkle in his eye, love of life and his family. He will always be remembered and loved.

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