FERGUSON, Donald David Beatty
Born in Beatty, Saskatchewan, on February 2, 1923 to Daniel and Wilhelmina, the second youngest of 12 children, passed from this earth on Friday, July 28, 2006. Don died at home after a lengthy illness.
Don was always generous with his time; to his many friends, to his church and to his community. His greatest love was his family and his passion was his music. He remained strong in faith.
He was gifted and blessed with a fine singing voice, a great sense of humour, and a natural humility that set people at ease. He was loved and respected by all those who truly knew him.
Don left home at the age of 18 to serve as a volunteer in the Canadian Army. While stationed in Nova Scotia, before embarking for service in Europe, he met and married Kathleen Lank. At war’s end, he and Kay lived in Trail, BC, where their son Alan was born.
A need for change brought them to Ontario where the family mainly resided for 33 years. During these years, Don attended Bishops University in Lennoxville, Quebec, followed by 6 years of parish work for the Anglican Church, then 4 years with the Juvenile and Family Court in Hamilton.
He then worked for 17 years as a senior management consultant for the federal government in London and Ottawa. During this time he received an award of merit for his dedication to the citizens of Canada.
Retirement brought Don and Kay to Qualicum Beach in 1983. During his years here, Don studied the violin both in the Old Time Fiddle tradition and classical studies. Until his illness robbed him of energy, he was active in a variety of organizations, golf and church, particularly the Prayer Book Society.
Donald is survived by 2 sisters, Lillian and Luella (Dave); many nieces and nephews; his wife of 63 years, Kathleen; and son Alan (Pearl). He is dearly missed.
His funeral and internment was held on Thursday, August 3 at St. Marks Anglican Church in Qualicum Beach.