The Obit For Jack Ferguson

John H. Ferguson
(1929 - 2012)

Published in The Saratogian on May 27, 2012

SARATOGA SPRINGS - John H. Ferguson passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012, after a valiant struggle with cancer, with his loving family by his side.

John, or Jack as he was known by his many friends, was born May 1, 1929, in Teaneck, N.J. He was the son of the late Alice Ferguson Kane and Horace Kane.

Jack was an amazing all-around athlete from a very early age. In 1941, he won the North American Speed Skating Championship. In high school, he was a phenomenal baseball player and pitcher, and in his senior year was scouted by the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Socks and New York Yankees. Jack fulfilled his dream and went with the Yankees, world champs at the time and his favorite team.

He attended Boston University as a business major. Following college, he went into the family business, Kane Tree & Fogging Service, and Crown Turf Feed, both serving Saratoga Race Course and many other accounts. Later in his career, Jack became an antique dealer well-known for his extensive and authoritative knowledge in militaria. He had an antique shop at The Mansion in Rock City Falls and traveled far and wide throughout the Northeast with his business.

In 1955, Jack married Joan Perkins, the love of his life. Together they raised three children, Joanne Marie Walczak (Todd) and Richard Kane Ferguson (Renee). He was predeceased by his eldest son, Christopher John Ferguson. Jack has four grandchildren, Blake Walczak and Liza, Cormac and Cole Ferguson. Jack and Joan were divorced in 1989 and remained close friends to the end.

Jack served many years as president of the Eagles Club (Aerie No. 2586), where he led many community projects. A good and true friend to all, Jack touched many lives. A lifelong student of history, life and philosophy, he was well-known for lifting the spirits of those who knew him. He was loved deeply by his family and will be missed beyond words.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, followed by a memorial service. The Rev. Joseph Anselment of Queensbury will lead the memorial service.

Burial will be at a later time at the convenience of the family.