The Obit For Bob Ferris

Robert J. Ferris
1928 - 2008

Published in The Republican from 12/29/2008 - 12/30/2008


Robert J. Ferris 1928 - 2008 SOUTHWICK - Robert J. "Bob" Ferris, 80, of Southwick died Saturday December 27, 2008 in Noble Hospital.

He was born on May 11, 1928 in Armonk, NY, son of the late Ray and Matilda (Waterbury) Ferris. Bob graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1945. He was a Korean War Veteran and was awarded the Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Medals.

Bob was a minor league pitcher for the New York Yankees from 1945-1954, pitching in the US, Canada, Japan and Mexico. He was employed as a sporting goods salesman for Kensico Sports of White Plains, NY for thirty-four years retiring in 1992. Bob was a world class slow pitch softball pitcher, and avid golfer and bowler and loved the beach.

He leaves his wife of fifty-four years, Matilda "Judy" (Malvermi) Ferris and his children Michael R. Ferris and his wife Celeste of Encinitas, CA, Robin Ferris of Lake Forest, CA and Dawn Szlosek and her husband John of Highland Village, TX. Bob also leaves his grandchildren, Jake, Stephanie and Lauren Szlosek and Carly and Shelby Ferris, four sisters, Dorothy Kavanagh Jessie Abrams and Nellie Palamarczuk all of Armonk, NY and Blanche Mackenzie of Upper Jay, NY. He also leaves a sister-in-law Eleanor Ferris of Pigeon Forge, TN and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 7 pm at Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad St. Westfield, MA.

Interment in the Mass Veterans Memorial Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will precede the service at the funeral home from 4-7pm.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in Bob's memory be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. PO Box 7023. Merrifield, VA 22116 or to the Building Fund at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 224 Sheep Pasture Road, Southwick, MA 01077.