The obituary of a con man named George Ferguson was written by his loving daughter, who paid homage to his life on the wrong side of the law. This comical obit lists many of Ferguson’s self-serving conquests and short comings, but in the end the daughter pulls it together offering a few redeeming qualities her dad possessed, according to The Spreadit on July 10.
Karen Shirley is the daughter of Ferguson, who is a man well known as a con-man in his Canadian hometown. She penned him a send-off in an obit that has gone viral and in doing so she is making her father as famous globally for his con man ways in death as he was in life. There was just so much to say about a man who was a con man, but such a character that people loved him.
This guy even found a way into the church as a minister, even though he didn't really have a religious bone about him! It sounds as if Ferguson put on a good face during a short gig as a minister of the United Church, only to steal every last dime of the donated parishioner’s money.
He also found a flock of wealthy middle aged and elderly women to take care of him during his life. He married at least two times, but there was also a method to his madness when it came to taking those vows, suggests his daughter in an article on Yahoo News.
His daughter wrote how she wasn’t sure if he even had any religious beliefs, but she does know that he never read the Bible and those “weird” Sunday sermons came from right out of his head. She also recalled the many other hats he wore in life, like running a bar, an antiques shop and an auction. Doing all of these ventures with a live parrot sitting on his shoulder.
Karen Shirley wrote that her father was never in one place long enough to call any one single location home and the county jails had a revolving doors for her father. He was excellent at dodging the authorities with his list of many addresses in Quesnel, Barkerville, Bella Bella, Greenwood, Nipawin, Sask and Kelowna, his daughter writes.
Shirley wrote that her father was often drunk and finding himself in trouble. She also called him a “professional gigolo” who “fooled, seduced many women into emptying their entire bank accounts for him.”
It seems that Ferguson’s death was caused by a gastric bleed and he made a final decision to stop taking his medication. A few days before he died he called family and friends to come to his side for a final farewell.
Just because he was in the hospital, this didn’t stop him from having a few beers, conveyed his daughter. She closed the obit by saying the “bad son, husband and father left behind a pile of unpaid bills and debts for his kids.”
She did throw in some redeeming qualities about her father like “He was the most exciting member of his family and of the families he married into.” While this comical obit sounds like an insult when you first learn of its existence, you have to read it to realize it is a true labor of love coming from his daughter. Ferguson sounds like the type of guy that would have loved the send-off his daughter penned for him as his obit.
Here is George Fergusons obit as it appeared in the local Canadian newspaper, here at the Times Colonist. The online guest book for Ferguson is just as revealing as his daughter’s obit. His family members and friends wrote their thoughts about the man and while they all saw him as a con-man of sorts, he also seemed to be well loved. You can see their written send-offs here.
You might find yourself liking this guy after reading what the many people wrote about him. He sounds like he was quite the character, certainly one of the most colorful characters you could ever meet!