It is with sadness the family of David "Dave" Murray Ferguson, beloved husband of Eileen of Kyle, SK, announce his peaceful passing on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Eston Jubilee Lodge at the age of 88 years.
David was born in Regina, SK; the eldest of Ethel (Murray) and Gershon Ferguson’s two sons, David and his younger brother Douglas were raised on the family farm southwest of Kyle, SK. David took his early schooling at Twilight School and completed his high school in Kyle. After graduating, he farmed with his father and brother in spring and fall then spent the winters working at the Imperial Oil refinery in Regina and on the oil rigs. On July 16, 1953, David married his great love, Eileen McCrie. They began farming on their own and keeping the most beautiful yard and gardens. David always took a great interest in the lives of his children Murray (1955) and Leslie (1957). A man of many hobbies, David loved square dancing with Eileen, photography, collecting and trading stamps with people from different countries and talking on the C.B. radio in the winter. He was an avid fisherman and an excellent carpenter who loved tools and gadgets. He enjoyed camping, going for drives and discovering new places with Eileen and the kids as well as visiting family. David was active in the community serving as a Cub Scout leader and United Church treasurer and was a member of the school unit and church boards. As David and Eileen’s family grew, so did his list of hobbies to include golf and most memorably to all of his grandkids, giving Kubota bucket and motorcycle rides. After retiring from farming, many bus tours were taken and several winters were spent in California or Victoria. Dave and Eileen continued camping every summer at Sask Landing. Winter trips were eventually replaced by attending trade and craft shows where Dave and Eileen sold the many treasures that Dave turned out on his lathe, his most beloved pastime. In 1999, David and Eileen moved into their new home in Kyle. Much time was spent turning a vacant lot into a lovely yard. In town, Dave loved watching Kyle Elks hockey, hosting and attending card parties, visits with neighbours and holding many family gatherings. Although Dave’s physical health began to fail, he still found joy in the jobs around the yard and house that he was able to do and he never tired of hearing the news of friends and family, remembering every detail and always asking for updates. His love for and interest in everyone and their daily lives was clear even in his final days.
Dave is survived by Eileen, his loving wife of 65 years, son Murray and Sharon Ferguson and granddaughters Taryn and Darby & Taylor; daughter Leslie and Stuart Dyrland, grandchildren Andrea, Darcy & Patricia; great-grandchildren Olivia, Ellise & Sawyer, Alana & Matt, and Rory & Kaley; his beloved brother Doug Ferguson; brother-in-law Britton McCrie & Hazel McKechney; sister- and brother-in-law Evelyn & Melvin Christensen as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Gershon and Ethel Ferguson, parents-in-law William and Irene McCrie, sister-in-law Alma Ferguson, nephew Randy King, sister-and brother-in-law Doris & Ernie Hogg, nephew William Hogg, sister-in-law Lillian (Babe) McCrie and great-niece Pamela Christensen.
A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kyle United Church with Mr. Jim MacNaughton officiating.
Donations in memory of Dave may be made to the Kyle United Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 443, Kyle, SK, S0L 1T0, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, 1738 Quebec Avenue, Unit 26, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 1V9 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 104-2301 Ave C North, Saskatoon, SK. S7L 5X5.