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Thomas Donaldson Ferguson


Wednesday, November 02, 2016

New London, N.H. — The son of Jesse Churchill and James Ferguson, Tom was born in Stamford, Conn. Aug. 3, 1929. A longtime resident of Darien, Conn., he relocated to New London in 2003. He attended the Lenox School in Lenox, Mass. and graduated from the University of Connecticut.

Tom passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, after a brief illness, with his family by his side.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Joanne Forbes Ferguson; his brother, Craig Ferguson of Darien; adoring daughters, Dana Ferguson Michalovic (Al) of Lebanon, N.H. and Suzanne Ferguson of Darien; and grandchildren, Kathryn Anne Michalovic, Georgia Michalovic, Kendra Shutts and Cameron Shutts. He was predeceased by brother, Bruce Lyons Ferguson and foster brother, Peter Bodick.

Tom served in the United States Marines Corps and was President of Buckley-Dunton, New York City and Owner and CEO of Coy Paper Company, Claremont, N.H. He also served on the Darien Land Trust in the early 1980s.

A man of uncommon honor and principles, Tom was a superb bridge player, achieving the rank of Life Master. He was an avid gardener and generated enormous amounts of vegetables enjoyed by all. He was a loyal family man and an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoyed golf, skiing, hiking, canoeing, camping, and sailing with family and friends.

Tom loved music. He was a joyful singer, and was active in the Sunapee Singers, an a cappella group. He played the banjo, ukulele, and the accordion, whether people wanted to listen or not. He loved his grandchildren above all else.

Donations in his memory may be made to Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, 54 Portsmouth Street, Concord, NH 03301.

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew Episcopal Church in New London on Dec. 17 at 11 a.m.

A good man, he will be missed.