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FERGUSON: Ross Bruce of Exeter

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On December 3, 2019 @ 1:50 PM In Exeter,Obituary | 65 Comments

FERGUSON: Ross Bruce of Exeter

April 12, 1937 – December 2, 2019

After a courageous battle, Ross passed away peacefully; with his family at his side, on Monday, December 2, 2019 at the South Huron Hospital.  Ross is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty (Morningstar) and daughters Colleen of Sarnia, Christine of Exeter and Janet (Dave) of Grand Bend.  He will be missed by his pet and best friend Holly as well as his grandson Jeremy (Lindsay) Weston and three great-grandsons Leam, Damien, and Ryder.  Also survived by his sisters-in-law Ethel Ferguson, Helen Vandenbogaerde, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Ross is predeceased by his parents Jerry and Effie Ferguson, his brothers Don (Jean), Lyle (Dorothy), James, two nephews Jamie and Carey, sister-in-law Audrey Ross (Jim), and brother-in-law Jim Vandenbogaerde.  Ross was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 58 years.  During his membership he achieved various accolades with the most prestigious being from the Grand Lodge – The Grand Masters Meritorious Award for Distinguished Service for his work with the Canadian Blood Services. 

Visitation will be held at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William St, EXETER on Thursday from 7-9 PM where a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, December 6th at 11 AM.  A Masonic Service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday evening at 6:45 PM under the auspices of Lebanon Forest Lodge, No. 133 A.F. & A.M., Exeter. Cremation with inurnment, Exeter Cemetery. 

Donations to the South Huron Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. 

Condolences for the family of “FERGUSON: Ross Bruce of Exeter”

Condolence from Ron and Anne Helm on December 3rd, 2019 2:19 PM

To Betty and family Anne and I wish to express our most sincere condolences on the passing of Ross. Ross will be greatly missed by his Lodge brothers.
Ron and Anne Helm

Condolence from Friedhelm Hoffmann on December 3rd, 2019 2:23 PM

My condolences to the Family. Ross was an inspire for our Masonic fraternity but especially for myself as for many others. Your dedicated mentorship and the support by your family that you could do so will stay for ever in our memory.

Condolence from Kate Farwell on December 3rd, 2019 2:44 PM

Dear Christine & family,
My sincere condolences on your family’s loss. Thinking of you!

Condolence from Karen & Ken Werden on December 3rd, 2019 2:47 PM

Sending condolences & prayers to the family. It was an honour to know Ross.

Condolence from Jean Hern on December 3rd, 2019 2:57 PM

Betty & Family:

My deepest sympathy to you! I consider Ross, and you too, to be among my good friends. We had many good times as neighbours in Exeter and I treasure the memories.

Jean Hern

Condolence from jack reginald triebner on December 3rd, 2019 3:31 PM

Our Condolence to the Ferguson Family for your loss of a Husband and Father .

From Betty and Myself .

Condolence from James R. Brisbin on December 3rd, 2019 3:41 PM

Ross was instrumental in facilitating my affiliation with the Masonic Lodge in Exeter: a move that has had life changing ramifications. I shall forever be grateful for his help. RIP my brother.

Condolence from MERVYN DURNIN on December 3rd, 2019 3:46 PM

Our sincere sympathy to the family.

Condolence from Kathy Kirk on December 3rd, 2019 3:47 PM

Chrissy and family,
Sorry to hear of the passing of your father….Condolences to the family..

Condolence from Larry taylor on December 3rd, 2019 4:35 PM

Kris and family.
I am so sorry to hear about Ross. He was a great guy and I always enjoyed chats with him. He had a dry sense of humour. Thinking of you all.

Condolence from John and Jane Musser on December 3rd, 2019 4:44 PM

So sad to hear but cherish those memories.. We are thinking of you Janet and family ❤️

Condolence from joan finkbeiner on December 3rd, 2019 4:51 PM

To the Ferguson family. Many hugs to you. It hurts to lose some one so close but he is in a much better place now. Just remember all the times you had together. You will remember for many years all the special days you had. We are here for you at any time.

Condolence from Darren Rau on December 3rd, 2019 6:43 PM

My Condolence to the Ferguson Family
I had the pleasure of working with Ross at JMR for many years. He was a great guy and I am sure will be sadly missed.

Condolence from Kevin and Joanne Bryson on December 3rd, 2019 6:52 PM

To Betty, Janet and Dave, Chrissy and Colleen.

So sorry for your loss. We are here for all of you. Take Care and God Bless. Remember all the memories.

Condolence from Brenda Hale on December 3rd, 2019 6:53 PM

Betty, Colleen, Christine, Janet and David,
I was so sorry to hear of Ross”s passing. He was a great guy, who I enjoyed many conversations and visits with. Ross was a great story teller, and had a wonderful laugh. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Brenda Hale

Condolence from Karen & Steve Cameron on December 3rd, 2019 7:11 PM

Thinking of you all at this time of sorrow. May all your memories get you through this difficult time.

Condolence from MaryAnn & Rick Pinter on December 3rd, 2019 7:13 PM

Dear Colleen, Christine & family,

Our sincere condolences on your family’s loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Al Blommaert on December 3rd, 2019 7:36 PM

To Betty and Family….sorry to hear about Ross. I am grateful to have been your neighbour. I always enjoyed my chats with Ross when he would holler over or stop in while walking Holly. It was an honour to have known him.. He will be missed Keeping you all in my thoughts.

Condolence from Linda on December 3rd, 2019 7:50 PM

I would like to send a large “HUG” to Ross’s family from his cousin Shirlley Mater, and her daughter Linda who had been in touch some time ago when Ross was doing the Family Tree. Also Shirlley’s sons Larry and Ricky Turner. Remember all the good memories you have enjoyed with Ross.

Condolence from Linda & Don Hart on December 3rd, 2019 7:52 PM

Betty and family .Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Linda & Don Hart

Condolence from Irvine Armstrong on December 3rd, 2019 8:00 PM

To Betty and the Ferguson family. Sorry to read the death of Ross. I got to now Ross when he installed my lawn sprinkler system. He was a real gentlemen. We had some long talks together. Betty all the best to you . A friend. Irv.

Condolence from Ila and Ed Barnes on December 3rd, 2019 8:05 PM

No matter how old we are, it’s never easy to lose a parent. I have many precious memories of your father. My thoughts are with you.
Love always

Condolence from Wayne Bannon on December 3rd, 2019 8:06 PM

To Betty and Family. Ross was a strong advocate for and a personal mentor of Masonic history, ritual and tradition.
Always grateful for his guidance and support. Sincere condolences from Wayne and Bente Bannon

Condolence from Elaine Ford on December 3rd, 2019 8:13 PM

My condolence to His family and friends.

Condolence from Don & Mary Saunders on December 3rd, 2019 8:48 PM

To Betty and family our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Don & Mary Saunders (nee Mitchell)

Condolence from Dianne Blackwell on December 3rd, 2019 9:20 PM

So sorry he was a great Uncle and friend !!! loved him dearly and He would do anything to help anyone out he proved that time and time again. So fortunate to have seen him the month before his passing with family in London at a show Wayne had been playing at with Good Bros. Missing you !!!

Condolence from Judy & Gerard Grenier on December 3rd, 2019 10:51 PM

Chrissy & Family,
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Judy & Gerard Grenier

Condolence from Dave Frayne and Cathy Cade on December 4th, 2019 5:37 AM

To Betty,Colleen, Chris and Janet:
Sorry to learn of Ross’s passing.
He was a very talented man and enjoyed his work, glad to have known him.
Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Melonie Miller on December 4th, 2019 6:56 AM

Our sympathies to the Ferguson family.
Ross was a good guy who cared about his family & community …
He was very supportive to his Masonic brothers & was a good mentor.
Barry & Melonie Miller

Condolence from Marion McCarter on December 4th, 2019 7:16 AM

Betty, Colleen, Chris, Janet and families
Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time. May all of his wonderful memories become treasures you will carry with you forever in your hearts. A gracious man. Deepest Sympathy.
Marion McCarter

Condolence from Rob Bilcke on December 4th, 2019 7:30 AM

Always enjoyed chatting with Ross. Worked with him for many years in the old JMR days. My sincere condolences to his family.

Condolence from John & Liz Stephens on December 4th, 2019 7:53 AM

From South Carolina Janet and families . Our deepest sympathy for your loss

Condolence from Jim and Maureen Craig on December 4th, 2019 7:55 AM

Betty and family, we are sorry to hear about Ross , our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim and Maureen.

Condolence from Marie Sheppard on December 4th, 2019 9:30 AM

Betty & family, sincere condolences to you on the passing of Ross. I remember all the good times we had at Oakdale community & S.S. Number 8 school, Ross always had the latest news when we had current events time. He will be missed but it helps to remember all the good times you had together.
Marie( Thompson) Sheppard

Condolence from Donna Regier on December 4th, 2019 9:31 AM

Betty,Chris,Colleen,Janet and Families,
My sincere condolences on the passing of Ross.I remember all the talking,laughing and good times had when you Chris had the restaurant. Your Dad was a soft spoken, gentle man with a ear to ear grin. Cherish all your wonderful memories,as i’m Sure you have many.
Donna ( Heywood ) Regier ????

Condolence from JIm and Kathy Thomson on December 4th, 2019 10:26 AM

Colleen, Christine, Janet and Betty, So sorry for your loss of your father and husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this hard time.
Jim and Kathy Thomson

Condolence from SHARON CAMPBELL on December 4th, 2019 10:33 AM


Condolence from Chris Michalek on December 4th, 2019 6:48 PM

Colleen and the Ferguson family,
We send our deepest sympathies on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Frank and Chris Michalek

Condolence from P. Waynne Charlton on December 4th, 2019 6:54 PM

To Betty and family; our sincere condolences on this sad time in your lives. The lodge and the community as a whole, has lost a very solid member.
Willi and Waynne Charlton

Condolence from John Pryde/ Marilyn Chappel on December 4th, 2019 7:17 PM

Betty & Girls: Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of a genuinely fine gentleman. As an irrigation client of Ross’ for over 25 years, I always looked forward to our extended conversations which always got around to the Masonic & his family – he was very proud of both!
Sincerely, John & Marilyn

Condolence from Jerry Mathers on December 4th, 2019 7:19 PM

Betty and family……….Will miss Ross at our afternoon coffee where we would try to solve the problems of the world. God Bless Jerry and Phyllis Mathers

Condolence from Dianne McLean on December 4th, 2019 8:17 PM

Betty and family: Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. You have our Deepest Sympathy.

Dianne McLean and Carl Gadsby

Condolence from Jim and Barry Patterson on December 4th, 2019 8:52 PM

Dear Betty and the Ferguson Family,
We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Ross. We recall fondly his association with the Masons in Sarnia District, when our father Bruce Patterson and our mother Lillian were members of the “69’ers” group. Our parents often spoke so kindly of Ross and of you.
Please accept our profound sympathy at this very sad time, and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim Patterson
Barry Patterson

Condolence from ROBERT MAWLAM on December 4th, 2019 9:52 PM

Condolences to Betty and girls Ross was a great person.

Condolence from Pat .{Wagner} Dawson on December 5th, 2019 10:02 AM

Betty and families.
My sincere sympathy with the passing of Ross. I always enjoyed catching up on news,.happenings with our visits over the years. I was very thankful for
my visit with Helen and your daughter in Oil Springs at The Golf Course recently.
I will be thinking of everyone at this time and the Holiday Season ..Hugs

Condolence from Ron and Karen Simpson on December 5th, 2019 10:49 AM

Thinking of you and your family at this sad time , sorry to hear of your loss

Condolence from Margaret Prout on December 5th, 2019 11:20 AM

To Betty and family…
Sincere condolences to all your family.

Condolence from Jack Glavin on December 5th, 2019 11:50 AM

Christine And family
So ,sorry to hear of your Dads passing . He was good man with a big heart, always willing to help anyone.

Condolence from Jack Glavin on December 5th, 2019 11:51 AM

Christine And family
So ,sorry to hear of your Dads passing . He was good man with a big heart, always willing to help anyone.
Jack Glavin

Condolence from Barb Sitzes on December 5th, 2019 12:46 PM

To Betty and family our deepest condolences Barb and Ken Sitzes

Condolence from Janet Neumeister on December 5th, 2019 5:35 PM

Our condolences to the family, it was an honour to have gotten to meet Ross while at Janet and Dave’s wedding…we know he will be sadly missed our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were blessed to have known him.
Janet Neumeister
Dan Culliton

Condolence from Brenda palsa on December 6th, 2019 10:44 AM

Betty, Colleen, Chrissy, Janet- my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your husband and father- always a gentle soul and great sense of humour – he would have a way of a smile that you wondered what he was thinking- cherish his memory

Condolence from John Wise on December 6th, 2019 11:30 AM

Betty and Family: Gayle and I would like to express our sincere sympathy on Ross’s passing. Unfortunately I have
not been in contact with Ross for some time since our move to London. I always enjoyed being in his presence, he was truly a great man and loved his involvement in Masonry. At one time it came up that he and I were born on
the same day, April 12th, 1937. With his humour he asked me what time I was born, just to see who was the eldest.
He will be missed by all.

John Wise

Condolence from Lynn Huey on December 6th, 2019 11:36 AM

Dear Betty, Christine, Colleen, Janet and Family
I was so sad to hear of Ross’s passing. My sincere Sympathy. Keeping all of you in my thoughts as you go through the next few days and months.

Condolence from HENNY PARKER on December 6th, 2019 12:54 PM

Betty & family,
I am so grateful for the people whose kindness, caring and thoughfulness are in this world. Ross was certainly one of those as he came and talked with Doug in his last years. He was a good friend and Doug appreciated him very much.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Gary & Dolores McGregor on December 6th, 2019 7:42 PM

Our condolences to Betty and family on the loss of a great father and husband and a Friend. Many good times were enjoyed in the past years ..

Condolence from Lynn Roncone on December 6th, 2019 10:30 PM

Betty, Christine, Colleen and Janet,

I am sorry to hear about the passing of Ross. I recall when our families got together for visits and the great times we had. As time passes on , more quickly as we get older it seems, may you you remember those memories created and cherish them.

With sympathy,
Lynn (MacAlpine) , Aurelio Roncone and family

Condolence from Rena Oag on December 7th, 2019 6:59 PM

Betty and Little Holly,
I’m so sorry to hear about Ross. I will always hold a special place in my heart for the three of you. Take care your whole family.


Condolence from Jim Wiseman on December 8th, 2019 8:05 AM

So sorry to hear of Ross’s passing. My sincere condolences to the family.
I met Ross in the mid ‘70’s and worked with him at the same company, and we became good friends. Always a joy to talk to, to be around and lots of laughs. Although I hadn’t seen him the last few years, he will be missed.

Our sincere regards to Betty and the family.

Jim & Deb Wiseman.

Condolence from John Gibson on December 8th, 2019 10:59 AM

Ross was a steadfast support to anyone he came in contact with!
Ross’s Masonic family stretches far and wide and we will all miss his presence and endless abilities Ross was a great mentor and took great delight in making sure details were right !
I was disappointed not to be able to attend Ross’s Masonic service. My sincere sympathy to his family

Condolence from Marty(Exeter Tire) on December 8th, 2019 11:17 AM

Really sorry for your loss, always enjoyed seeing Ross at the shop!

Condolence from Scott Bogart on December 9th, 2019 9:22 AM

Sorry to hear of the passing of Ross. Always enjoyed dealing with Ross at the store.
Scott, Lynda, Luke & Heath Bogart

Condolence from Janet Sullivan on December 9th, 2019 11:54 AM

I am so sorry to read of Ross’ passing and want to send both condolences and thanks for the years Ross spent leading the Exeter Blood Donor Clinic. The staff of Canadian Blood Services are humbled by his ongoing dedication to our cause.

Condolence from Bill & Joanne Hodge on December 10th, 2019 8:29 PM

Janet,Christine & family ,so sorry for your loss

Condolence from Elaine Ford on February 6th, 2020 6:58 PM

My condolence to Rosses family in his passing. He was a very proud man. ????

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