Memorial for George Ferguson

Abbotsford politician George Ferguson died last week at the age of 91. Prior to retiring in 2008, Mr. Ferguson served for 33 years as Mayor of Abbotsford, during which time he oversaw the amalgamation of the districts of Sumas and Abbotsford and was involved in the purchasing of the Abbotsford Airport lands from the federal government. His funeral service for will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, at Tradex in Abbotsford.

Among his many achievements, Ferguson was President of UBCM and FCM, as well as President and Long Service Award winner. In his speech to delegates at the 1979 Convention, Ferguson celebrated UBCM’s achievement of 100% membership:

"I am pleased to report that for the first time in our history, the UBCM membership how consists of all the municipalities and regional districts in BC. The UBCM can now say it represents the total population of British Columbia in local government matters, a situation which does not occur to my knowledge in any other Canadian province."

Ferguson began his political career as an alderman in 1969. He then served as the mayor of the District, and in time, the City of Abbotsford from 1972-2002. Before his defeat in 2002, Ferguson had been B.C.’s longest-serving mayor. He was re-elected in 2005 before retiring in 2008.

“George devoted himself, heart and soul, to Abbotsford,” said longtime Abbotsford Councillor Patricia Ross. In 2011, Ferguson was awarded the Order of Abbotsford for his years of service to the community and in office.  

Ferguson is survived by his wife, Ria, and 11 children.

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