With sadness we share the news of the death of the Rev. Fred-Munro Ferguson, 85, on July 10, 2019 in Harwich, Cape Cod, MA. He had served as Curate at St. James, Upper Montclair (1959-60) and Vicar at the former Church of the Transfiguration, North Bergen (1960-62 and 1966-71).
Born in Montclair, upon graduating from Montclair High School he entered Westminster Choir College in Princeton for undergraduate studies in organ and voice. He then pursued his theological course at the Philadelphia Divinity School and was ordained to the Priesthood in December 1959 in this diocese. In 1971 he transferred to the Diocese of Albany, where he served several congregations before retiring to Cape Cod in 1993. From 1974 until 1980, he also served as secretary and personal assistant to the Rt. Rev. Wilbur E. Hogg, VI Bishop of Albany.
Always keenly interested in musical performance, Fr. Ferguson was a principal singer with the Princeton Savoyards, The Ridgewood Light Opera Company, and the American Savoyards (NYC). He was a founding member of the Oratorio Society of New Jersey. Upon coming to Cape Cod, he sang with the Chatham Chorale and also appeared as bass soloist with the Main Street Musical Society (Chatham), and in several concerts with the Provincetown Choral Society. Most recently Fr. Ferguson was a member of the outer Cape Chorale.
Fr. Ferguson volunteered in many civic and community organizations. He was a member of the Chatham Drama Guild and served on the boards of the Harwich Junior Theater and the Harwich Civic Association. He appeared for many seasons with the Harwich Senior Players. He was a volunteer for Wild Care, Inc., (Brewster), in the Thrift Shop of the Visiting Nurses’ Association, The Loavers and Fishes program at Our Lady of the Cape Parish, and taught French in the adult education programs at the Brooks Library, Harwich.
A Graveside Service was held on July 24, 2019 at Evergreen Cemetery, Harwich, MA.
A Memorial Mass will be held at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY in the fall on a date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wild Care Wild Care of Cape Cod, 10 Smith Lane, Eastham, MA 02642-2671 or Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, P.O. Box 808, Hudson, MA 01749-0808.
For the online memorial, please visit ccgfuneralhome.com/obit/the-revd-fred-munro-ferguson.
Good and gracious God, the light of the faithful and shepherd of souls, you sent your servant Fred-Munro to be a priest in your Church to feed your sheep with your word and to guide them by his example; give us the grace to keep the faith he taught and to follow in his footsteps. We entrust him into your unfailing mystery of Love and Hope through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.