AUBURN — George H. Ferguson, 88, a resident of Pine Street in Lisbon Falls, passed away Monday evening, April 25, at The Hospice House, with family at his side. He died from a number of debilitating diseases, but most prominently from a broken heart from the loss of his wife of 60 years, Anna, in 2005.

He was born in Lewiston July 19, 1922, the son of Valerie and Hugh Ferguson, and the brother to Arthur, Helen and Francis Ferguson. He was educated in local schools and remained a lifelong resident of this community.

In his younger days, he loved and played baseball for many of the Lewiston teams, especially the Mohawks. His competitive spirit and baseball skills attracted the attention of the Boston Braves, but his career with them was cut short due to a serious knee injury. In 1981, he became a proud inductee into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame and also recently witnessed the same honor being bestowed upon his son. He was a proud veteran of the military, having served his country in the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1944 and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 158 in Lisbon.

In 1945 he married Anna Bottos of Lisbon Falls, whom he missed dearly these past years. George worked most of his life as an overseer in the finishing department of the now defunct Worumbo Mill. He finished his working years as a stock clerk at Bowdoin College.

His passion after his baseball years were over turned to golf, where he became a single handicapper at Brunswick C.C., due to hours of practice and competition. After surviving a mini stroke, his talent waned and he gave up the game for a number of years. His family saw how much he missed the game and surprised him by buying him new golf clubs and a membership at Apple Valley Golf Club. Even though his skills had deteriorated, he still enjoyed the companionship of his many golfing friends at the course. His family gives many thanks to those patient and caring friends he made there, who he missed most of all.

George was an avid Red Sox fan, often cheering them on, and swearing at players taking called third strikes. Until his life became sedentary, he enjoyed watching three generations of family play sports and develop an affinity for gardening. Later on, painting and reading occupied most of his time.

When in the public eye, he was quite social, say many, but down deep he was a very private person who found it very difficult to express his love of his family until he felt the years slipping away. He was a proud man who possessed a great deal of common sense. His decisions and choices always seemed to work out for the best. His greatest fear was being a burden to anyone. His friends and family will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Fournier and her, husband, Roger; his son, George Ferguson and his wife, Suzanne; grandchildren, Jeff Fournier and wife, Pam, Andy Fournier, Adam Ferguson and Allyson Collins and husband, Adam; great-grandchildren, Ashley and Austin Fournier; his brother, Francis Ferguson of Stamford, Conn.; several nieces and nephews; and his favorite pet, Angel.

He was predeceased by his brother, Arthur; and his sister, Helen.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Austin, Maureen, Donna and the entire staff of the Hospice House for their care, compassion and support shown to George and his family during this difficult time.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with George’s family by visiting their guestbook at www.crosmanfuneralhome.com.

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