It is with great sadness that we announce that on January 20, 2022, the heart of our family, our father Wilbur Ferguson, passed away at the age of 83 in the St. Boniface Hospital Palliative care unit after a long battle with cancer.
He is survived by his partner Valerie Lillie, brother Ernie (Mona), daughters Michele, Lori, Lisa (Bob), sons Thomas (Stephanie) and Daniel and stepdaughter Angela (Steve).
He will be lovingly remembered as “Pappy” and “Grandpa Will” by his numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren of whom he was so proud and loved so much.
He will also be remembered for his kindness and love by his many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
Dad was a fighter. He faced the loss of his beloved wife Darlene and cherished granddaughter Nicole as well as the loss of five much loved siblings, Kathleen, Robert, Thomas, James and Maureen. He missed them all greatly and spoke of them often.
Dad went on to battle heart disease and cancer without ever losing his faith. He had no quit in him. He fought hard to stay with us. He tried hard to never give up hope.
He was a generous and protective man. If you knew him, he probably helped you in some way. He listened to your worries, gave you advice, prayed with you or for you, cheered you on, drove you wherever you needed to go, made sure you got somewhere safely, encouraged you, helped you fix something, or any other numerous things he did to show he cared and he never asked for anything in return. Dad gave so much of himself to the people he loved and took care of us all.
He has left a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. He was everything to us. He was the one we turned to, to guide us and encourage us. We will miss him forever.
Thank you, Val, for your love and companionship to dad.
Thank you to all the family and friends that reached out to dad with a visit or call.
He only Takes the Best
God saw that he was getting tired,
A cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around him
And whispered, “Come with Me.”
With tearful eyes, we watched him suffer,
And saw him fade away
Although we loved him dearly,
We could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes “the best”
Friends and family are invited to share memories and condolences on Wilbur’s memorial page by using the comment field below.