The Rev’d Fred-Munro Ferguson died on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at the age of 85. Fr. Ferguson an Episcopal priest, resided in Harwich since his retirement in 1993.
The son of Allan N. Ferguson and Gizella Litomy Ferguson, Fr. Ferguson was born in Montclair, NJ, where he attended the public schools. Upon graduating from Montclair High School, he entered Westminster Choir College, Princeton (NJ) for his undergraduate studies in organ and voice. Following Westminster, he pursued his theological course at the Philadelphia (PA) Divinity School, and was ordained to the Priesthood in December, 1959, in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark (NJ). Fr. Ferguson served two parishes in the Diocese of Newark, transferring to the Diocese of Albany (NY) in 1971. In the Albany Diocese, he served three parishes, Catskill, Philmont and Bolton Landing, where he retired in 1993 after serving as Rector of the Church of St. Sacrement of Fourteen years. From 1974 until 1980 Fr. Ferguson was secretary and personal assistant to the Right Rev’d Wilbur E. Hogg, VI Bishop of Albany.
Always keenly interested in musical performance, Fr. Ferguson was a principal singer with the Princeton (NJ) Savoyards, The Ridgewood (NJ) Light Opera Company, and the American Savoyards (NYC). He was a founding member of the Oratorio Society of New Jersey. Upon coming to the Cape, he sang with the Chatham Chorale and also appeared as bass soloist with the Main Street Musical Society (Chatham), and in several concerts with the Provincetown Choral Society. Most recently Fr. Ferguson was a member of the outer Cape Chorale.
Fr. Ferguson volunteered in many civic and community organizations. He was a member of the Chatham Drama Guild and served on the boards of the Harwich Junior Theater and the Harwich Civic Association. He appeared for many seasons with the Harwich Senior Players. He was a volunteer for Wild Care, Inc., (Brewster), in the Thrift Shop of the Visiting Nurses’ Association, The Loavers and Fishes program at Our Lady of the Cape Parish, and taught French in the adult education programs at the Brooks Library, Harwich.
A Memorial Mass will be held at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY in the Fall. Date to be announced.
A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 11:30 AM at Evergreen Cemetery, Harwich, MA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wild Care Wild Care of Cape Cod, 10 Smith Lane, Eastham, MA 02642-2671 or Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, P.O. Box 808, Hudson, MA 01749-0808