June 10, 1945 – September 2, 2018
Ferguson, Lawrence Cyril (“Larry”) suddenly and unexpectedly in Penticton, BC on September 2, 2018. Larry was predeceased by his parents, William John (“Jack”) and Dorothy Haynes Ferguson. He leaves behind his life partner, Jean Clarke, his son, Marc Ferguson and his family members: sister, Carol Dougall (Sandy); sister, Linda Ferguson; brother, David Ferguson; niece, Heather Dougall (John Kearney); nephew, Scott Dougall (Lyn); nieces Kaylee and Ashley Ferguson; and great-nieces, Kristen and Nicole Hall.
Larry was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia on June 10, 1945, however he lived most of his life in BC and for a few years in Germany. He was an early entrant to the field of computing and it became the path to his entire career, including a stint at ICBC and retiring as an IT manager from the BC Liquor Distribution Branch. He was well- liked and well-respected by his colleagues and made some long term friends along the way.
His home for many years has been Okanagan Falls, BC, where he made numerous contributions to the community through his work on the Advisory Planning Commission and the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission. His tireless efforts contributed to the development of the most beautiful parks in the South Okanagan and he proudly showed them off to friends, family and visitors. He also sat on the Inquiries Committee for what is now the BC College of Nursing Professionals.
In addition to his community work, Larry became an accomplished athlete – evidenced by his numerous marathons (including the Great Wall Marathon in Beijing), long distance swims, Gran Fondo bike rides, bike tours in Asia, Europe and North America and, of course, triathlons. He embraced both the competitive nature of these events and the friendship of his fellow athletes, which extended beyond the events, into his personal life.
Larry loved Okanagan Falls, his home, athletic pursuits, traveling, everything about wine, contributing to his community and, most of all, Jean.
Jean and the family would like to thank Moog and Friends Hospice House in Penticton for the care they gave Larry in his final few days. There will be a Celebration of Life for Larry on Friday, September 28th at Penticton Golf & Country Club from 2:30pm to 5:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the War Amps, a charity Larry supported, or to Pancreatic Cancer Canada, to help support others with this disease, would be appreciated.