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George Ferguson

George L. Ferguson

Wednesday, April 20th, 1921 - Thursday, February 13th, 2020
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Obituary

Queensbury

George L. Ferguson, 98, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, February 13, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

Born April 20, 1921 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late George and Anna (Schmidt) Ferguson.

George attended Brooklyn Tech and Jamaica High School and played ice hockey at Jamaica High School.

In November 1942 at 21 years old George enlisted in the US Army and joined the 141st Infantry, 36th Infantry Division, then part of the Texas National Guard. George served in the Mediterranean Theater of Operation in Algeria before departing for the European Theater of Operation. George participated in the Italian Campaign beginning with the Battle of Salerno in September 1943. He also served at the Battle of the Rapido River, Naples, Monte Cassino, Anzio and the eventual liberation of Rome in June 1944. The 36th Division next sailed for southern France as part of Operation Dragoon. It was in Vosges Mountains in October 1944 at Belmont-sur-Buttant (near Bruyeres) with a small volunteer task force trying to rescue the “Lost Battalion” that a German machine gun fired on George wounding him severely and leaving him with a disability for the rest of his life.

He was sent to Woodrow Wilson Hospital in Staunton, VA, where a year later he met and married a young Army nurse, Marguerite Brogneaux. George served with great distinction during World War II and is a decorated veteran. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with Cluster, Combat Infantry Badge, European Theater of Operation ribbon, four battle stars, and one Arrowhead (two invasions), Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, American Theater Medal, and New York State Conspicuous Service Medal. George was discharged from the US Army in 1946.

On November 17, 1945, George married the love of his life Marguerite Brogneaux at St. Francis Church in Staunton, VA by Rev. George McLaughlin. They spent 74 wonderful years before her passing in Oct. 13, 2019.

He retired from the United States Post Office in Glens Falls. George was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Glens Falls. George was a member of Elks B.P.O.E. Glens Falls Lodge #81.

George enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading; was a big Civil War and WWII history buff; major fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Mets and NY Giants. He especially loved his family and friends.

Along with his parents and wife, George is predeceased by a daughter, Geraldine Ferguson, a grandson, Jeff Johnson, a brother, James Ferguson.

Left to cherish his memories are his children; Renee Johnson and husband Alan, Eileen Tarantino both of Queensbury, George Ferguson and wife Kathleen Ross of Chicago, IL, John Ferguson and wife Lisa of Delmar, Tim Ferguson and wife Carol of Glens Falls, his grandchildren; AJ Johnson and wife Megan, Brian Johnson and wife Lori, Lisa Tarantino and fiancé Gonzalo Garcia, Jessica Tarantino, Nick Tarantino and wife Tamara, George Ross Ferguson and wife Rachel, Peter Ferguson and wife Meghan, Theo Ferguson, Andrea Ferguson, Erica Morgan and husband Eric, and Marissa Ferguson, 11 great grandchildren, a brother Warren "Babe" Ferguson and wife Veronica of Chittenango, NY, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11am on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at St. Mary’s Church, 62 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY.

A Funeral Mass will follow the calling hours at 11am at the church.

Rite of Committal will be in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, South Glens Falls.

The family wishes to extend their extreme gratitude and special acknowledgment to Hudson Headwaters Homeward Bound Program especially Mary Stein, FNP, At-home caregivers, Anna, Melissa, Tina, Pam and Karen, and High Peaks Hospice especially Ginger, RN.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the High Peaks Hospice, 454 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 or the Open Door Mission, P. O. Box 3306, Glens Falls, NY 12801.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    St. Mary Church - Glens Falls
    Address
    62 Warren Street
    GLENS FALLS, NY 12801
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Mary Church - Glens Falls
    Address
    62 Warren Street
    GLENS FALLS, NY 12801
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Mary's Cemetery - South Glens Falls
    Address
    Main Street
    SOUTH GLENS FALLS, NY 12803
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    Notes
    Rite of Committal will be in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, South Glens Falls.

Affiliations

  • Purple Heart Award from the U.S. Military
  • Silver Star Medal

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Rick Thombs

Posted at 10:41am
Thoughts and prayers for your family Tim...….
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John Ford

Posted at 10:28am
Renee. Very sorry to hear your Dad passed away. We will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
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richard tarantino

Posted at 02:19pm
One of the Greatest Generation's really Great Ones!! It was an honor to have known him. Rest In Peace dear man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Renee, Eileen, George, John, & Tim and all of your loved ones. Dick & Noreene
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Andy McCarthy

Posted at 08:54am
I worked with George and Tim in the post office. We all started at the Warren st p.o.knew he was a great person and later learned he was a veteran.l was lucky to be working side by side starting with the ww2 guys.never heard them talk about what went on overseas.wow...he truly is an American hero.he just came home and persevered.i greatly appreciated working with George and tim.it was an honor.
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