In Memoriam: John C. Ferguson Jr.

We are sad to note the death of John C. Ferguson Jr., 75, a SABR member since 1980 and an active member of the Pittsburgh/Forbes Field Chapter. John passed away suddenly on October 7, 2013 in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Born April 25, 1938, John was the beloved husband of Carol (Skarada) Ferguson, his wife of 46 years; the loving father of Elizabeth, Courtney, John (Serena), and Andrew (Jodie); and adoring grandfather to Michael, Jason and Samuel Hartman, George and Bruce Ferguson, Milo Hamon Ferguson, and Jordan and Bailey Cabana. He also leaves behind siblings Penelope Hunt, Judy Ferguson, and David (Gail) Ferguson; sister-in-law Carol Cartwright Ferguson; as well as many nieces and nephews and extended family.

John was a graduate of Shadyside Academy and the University of Virginia and a proud member of their soccer teams. John worked as a Business Technical Analyst at Highmark Blue Cross, retiring after 42 years of service. He served Mt. Lebanon as the Treasurer for 28 years. He was very active in politics; he was a member of the Mt. Lebanon Republican Committee and served as a state committeeman. He was a lifelong member of Beverly Heights Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and an Elder, and he was active in numerous Missions activities and served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Region International Student Ministries.

In addition to being active in work and church, John was passionate about baseball, he was a dedicated fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and a proud member of the Society for American Baseball Research. John also was an avid reader and history buff, a crossword puzzle aficionado, and a coach and supporter of youth and adult soccer. He enjoyed being with his family, going to the opera with his wife, and attending functions at Chartiers Country Club where he was a member. His family and friends will miss his hearty laugh, ready jokes, and quick wit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jane Kennedy and John Charles Ferguson, and his brother, Edward.

Friends will be received at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon from 6 to 8 on Thursday, October 10, 2013 and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 on Friday, October 11, 2013. A private burial will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 1 p.m. in Beverly Heights Presbyterian Church, 1207 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1207 or Beverly Heights Presbyterian Church Missions Fund.

Originally published: October 10, 2013. Last Updated: October 10, 2013.