Ferguson – Peter Donald
It is with much sadness that we share the news that Peter passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, March 28, 2022. He was in his 55th year of life. Peter was the beloved husband for 26 years of Heather (Simmons) and dear father of Christopher and Nicholas of Manotick, Ontario; loving son of Donald and Eleanor Ferguson of Baltimore, Ontario, and adored brother of Julie Ferguson (Rick Giardino) of Keene, Ontario. He will also be lovingly remembered by his nephews Lucas Bent and Connor Bent; aunt Vera Stanley; cousin Patti-Jane Stanley; in-laws Robert and Jacqueline Simmons; extended family, and many long-time friends. He will be deeply missed.
Born in Peterborough, Ontario, Peter moved to Cobourg before completing an Honours B.Sc. in Agriculture (Resource Management specialization) at the University of Guelph and a M.Sc. in Watershed Ecosystems at Trent University. Peter loved Canada and was a devoted public servant with 25 years of service to Canadians. He spent most of his career at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans where he was passionate about protecting Canada’s marine mammals and oceans. During his time at DFO, Peter was part of the team that implemented the Species at Risk Act. Peter had a sharp intellect and a keen sense of humour that could make everyone in a room laugh. His passions were many: spending time in the woods, camping in Ontario’s parks, fishing in a canoe, hunting with his buddies, watching professional sports, and helping children learn how to play sports.
The family is profoundly grateful to the incredible team of doctors, nurses, and support staff at The Ottawa Hospital – General Campus who cared for Peter with such kindness and compassion.
At Peter’s request, a private celebration of his life will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s Stem Cell Research program (http://www.ohfoundation.ca/tribute) or Ducks Unlimited Canada (https://www.ducks.ca/how-to-help/donation-options/) would be appreciated. Alternatively, please consider giving blood through the Canadian Blood Services (https://www.blood.ca/en) or donating your time to support youth.