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Dr. William John Ferguson
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Dr. William J. Ferguson of Newington, CT and Hampstead, NC passed away peacefully
surrounded by his loving family on December 11, 2017 in Newington, CT.

A 1956 graduate of Fordham University, Bill received a Bachelor of Science Degree, and in 1974 an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He received a PHD from Pace University of New York City in 1980 due to his deep interest in Entrepreneurship and International Management, and became a member of the Business School of Central Connecticut University. From 1980 to 1999, Bill taught courses in Management, International Management, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Planning.

Upon graduation from Fordham University, Bill joined the US Air Force as a Captain, and served in the early years of the Vietnam War as an advisor.

An avid private pilot, holding an instructor’s license, one of his greatest pleasures was seeing students’ achieve their pilots’ licenses among whom was his wife Diane. In 1980, They spent five weeks flying around the entire United States seeing many of the beautiful sights of our country. In the mid 70’s, Bill became co-owner of Coastal Air Service of Groton. CT where he continued giving flying lessons.

Bill is survived by his wife Diane (Gomez-Grier) Ferguson of forty-three years. Because of his abiding love of travel and interest in learning about other cultures of the world, they visited most of Europe, and many Asian countries. The highlight for Bill was a return to Vietnam in 2006.

He was also survived by his five loving daughters, Mary, Catherine, Loretta, Susan and Janet, as well as four stepchildren, Susan, Martin, Catherine, and John Grier. He also leaves two brothers, Dennis Ferguson and James Ferguson and a sister, Barbara Proctor. In all, Bill had twenty-six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren who refer to him as their hero.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 9:30 AM at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church, 285 Church Street, Hartford. Interment will follow in the State Veterans’ Cemetery in Middletown where full military honors will be accorded.

Family and friends may call on Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown. Donations in William J. Ferguson’s memory may be made to St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church, 285 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Doolittle Funeral Home

14 Old Church Street
Middletown, CT 06457





9:30 AM
St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church

285 Church Street
Hartford, CT 06114

Cemetery Details


State Veterans' Cemetery

Bow La.
Middletown, CT 06457


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