Alfred E. "Fred" Fergerson
Patricia H. "Pat" Fergerson
Alfred W. "Bill" Fergerson
Alfred E. "Fred" Fergerson
A native and life resident of North Syracuse, Fred is a sixth generation member of the "Pioneering Fergersons", a family who were among the first settlers of North Syracuse in 1826. His home and funeral home are on the same family land Fergersons have held for more than 187 years. Originally from Scotland, they were farmers who came to Central New York from Washington County, NY. They had extensive property that was developed over time into today's populated community. Fergerson Parkway, Fergerson Avenue, Fergerson Road are among several area roadways named in recognition of the family. His immediate family includes, wife, Patricia 'Pat; son, Alfred W. "Bill" and daughter, Victoria 'Vicky'.
He is a licensed funeral director, president and owner of Fergerson Funeral Home, Inc. of North Syracuse. Incorporated in 1977, continuing the firm founded by his father in 1948. He was the manager of Fergerson Ambulance & Invalid Coach Service from 1966 until 1978. He is a member of the NYS, National, and Central New York Funeral Directors Associations as well as the Flying Funeral Directors of America. He is a Mortuary Disaster Coordinator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Funeral Directors Association and for the Village of North Syracuse.
He graduated from North Syracuse High School, Onondaga Community College, SUNY Oswego (with BS and BA degrees), and with honors from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service. He taught anatomy and physiology at OCC for over 24 years, lectured at the Onondaga County Police Academy and taught at Simmons School of Mortuary Science. He is a volunteer instructor for the American Red Cross and for several Emergency Medical Technician courses and seminars held locally and internationally.
He has chaired village committees, for several mayoral administrations, including the Chestnut St. Extension project, the Main Street Facade Improvements, NYS DOT Route 11 Improvements committee and co-authored the current village sign ordinance. He is a past president of the North Syracuse Jaycees and a charter member of the Cicero-North Syracuse Optimist Club. He is also a member of the North Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Syracuse Better Business Bureau. He currently serves on the Village of North Syracuse Board as a Trustee, Chairman of Public Safety, Police Liaison and Deputy Mayor.
Fred was honored in 1993 by being inducted to the "North Syracuse Wall of Distinction" which recognizes prominence and civic service to the community. Inductees photos and accomplishments are placed on display at Cicero-North Syracuse High School as role models for area youth. A Star-News December 9th 1992 article listed him as "one of the top ten pillars of the greater North Syracuse Community."
He was again honored in 1993 by being named North Syracuse's "Man of The Year" by the Greater North Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Star- News. This recognition was for "lifetime commitment" to community service and volunteer work to revitalize the Village central business district. His family was named "The Family of the Year" by the New York State Council, Knights of Columbus, also that year.
A past section chief of the National Ski Patrol for the Syracuse Section, he has been a member of the Song Mountain Ski Patrol since 1968 and he holds National Patroller Appointment No. 5832. In 1994, he was presented a national certificate by the NSPS, in recognition of his life saving role of a critically injured skier. A personal goal is to ski every major ski resort in the world. He traveled extensively, patrolling with and as a member of several international patrols. He enjoys Scuba diving and is a certified solo, rescue and master diver. Having dived throughout the world, he qualified in his first year as a SSI Century diver. Always having had a love of flying, he pilots his Piper Archer single engine plane whenever possible. He holds a high altitude and pressurization endorsement and flew as captain of a Boeing 737-800. He is a senior officer in the US Air Force Auxiliary and a mission pilot for the Civil Air Patrol .
Fred was one of 30 Syracuse area residents to fly into Syracuse's Hancock International Airport on the British Airway's supersonic Concorde on September 27, 1986. Originating in London, this was the only flight Concorde made into Syracuse. The Syracuse newspapers reported over 50,000 people were at the airport to witness the event. In 1994, he toured the Holy Land and Egypt. Upon his return, he authored a series of articles, subsequently published, in 2011, as a book entitled "His Footsteps are Still Warm". The book and articles related his experiences in the Middle East which included, retracing the footsteps of Christ and climbing the Pyramids outside of Cairo.
He is a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church where he serves as a Eucharistic minister and was scheduler of lectors and eucharistic ministers and served on the Liturgy Committee. He is a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Curly Council 3717 and fourth degree member of Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy Assembly, North Syracuse. A 32nd degree Mason, he is a Past Master of Memorial Lodge No. 648 F & AM, North Syracuse, a member of Central City Bodies of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in the Valley of Syracuse, a member of the Director's Staff of the Tigris Temple of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Liverpool and the York Rite Central City Riverside Chapter No. 70 Royal Arch Masons, Central City Council No. 13, Central City Commandery No. 25, and the C.N.Y. York Rite College No. 27, all of Syracuse. Also, he is a member of Centerville Chapter No. 185, Order of the Eastern Star, North Syracuse. He served as a trustee and is a founder of the Memorial Masonic Temple Corporation, North Syracuse.
He authored, designed and published this entire website.
Wife: Patricia H.
Son: Alfred W. "Bill"
Daughter: Victoria A. "Vicky"
Patricia H. "Pat" Fergerson
A native of Syracuse, Pat is an honors graduate Lafayette Central Schools, holds a BS in biology from LeMoyne College, a Simmons School of Mortuary Science Diploma and was licensed in 1976 as a NYS Licensed Funeral Director. She resided in Jamesville until moving to Watertown to serve her funeral service residency with Cleveland-Spink Funeral Home. She has been a licensed director with Fergerson Funeral Home, Inc. since 1977. As an instructor for Simmons School of Mortuary Science from 1977 through 1981, she taught Chemistry, Microbiology, Philosophy, Biology, and Restorative Art (only female instructor at the school at that time). She is a member of the Central New York Funeral Directors, NYS Funeral Directors and National Funeral Directors Associations.
Pat is a Past President CNY Professional Working Women (NYS Women, Inc.), Past President of the Bishop Curley Council 3717 Columbiettes, a member of Centerville Chapter No. 185 Order of Eastern Star (a current star point) and charter member Cicero - North Syracuse Optimist Club. She was appointed to the North Syracuse Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in 1989 and currently is chairman of the board. Also, she is chairman of the Maloney Manor Housing Development Fund Company board, a senior citizen housing property in the Village of North Syracuse. Formerly, she was a member of and past president of the North Syracuse Jaycettes and the North Area Garden Club. Support memberships include Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake, Friends of Beaver Lake Nature Center, Friends of the Burnet Park Zoo, Syracuse Federation of Women's Clubs, Central New York Chapter of NOW, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Women's Hall of Fame, National Arbor Day Foundation and Tree City.
She has served on committees and boards for the Village of North Syracuse including the Beautification Committee, sponsor the Tree City program for the Village and has chaired the Arbor Day celebrations since establishing the program in 1988. Currently, Pat serves as treasurer for the North Syracuse Family Festival Committee, an event welcoming several thousand people into the village for a day of fun and entertainment. She is a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church, North Syracuse. A Red Cross volunteer blood donor, she has donated over 19 gallons of A- blood since 1970.
She and her husband have taught several courses dealing with youth education in funeral service in the North Syracuse School District as well as in their funeral home. Several local churches have had their confirmation classes attend these classes. Girl Scout troops have also attended these classes for badge qualifications.
In the 1990's, she participated in the Job Shadow Cooperative Project with the Career Center at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. At Roxboro Road Middle School she brought the fifth grade students Women's History Month Programs.
She and her family where named the New York State Family of the Year for 1993 by the N.Y.S. Council of the Knights of Columbus. The local Bishop Curly Council No. 3717 submitted their names for the State award after voting them the Council's Family of the Year.
She was named North Syracuse Star News Woman of the Year for 1995. This award was given in recognition of many community service activities over the course of several years in October of 1996. Central New York PWW recognized her in 1999 and in 2007 as their Woman of the Year. April 26, 2003 she was awarded the "Today's Patriot Award" by the Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy Assembly, Knights of Columbus, North Syracuse for continuing community service.
Alfred W. "Bill" Fergerson
Alfred W. “Bill” Fergerson represents the third generation of LFD’s (Licensed Funeral Director) in the Fergerson family, as well as the seventh generation to live on the same land in the center of North Syracuse. He joins his parents Fred and Pat Fergerson in the business begun by his grandfather, Alfred H. Fergerson.
He graduated from Cicero North Syracuse High School in 2002. He completed two years of study in one year graduating in 2003 from Simmon’s Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse with an Associate Degree. His academic and clinical studies included classes in sciences such as anatomy, chemistry, microbiology and embalming, business and social sciences, including bereavement counseling, law and ethics. While a student there, he taught computer classes to his classmates and was a member and secretary of Sigma Phi Sigma fraternity. Upon graduation, he passed the Funeral Service Academy’s National Board Exam and then served a required one year residency as a registered intern with the family firm. During that residency, he passed the NYS Department of Health’s Bureau of Funeral Directing Law Exam in Albany. He currently attends LeMoyne College as he continues his education and to pursue a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Bill has always been active in community events. He was a member and leader of Troop 150 Boy Scouts of America for many years. He is a third degree member of the Bishop Curley Council No. 3717 and fourth degree member of Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy Assembly, Knights of Columbus of North Syracuse. He is a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church where he serves as a Eucharistic minister. He is a volunteer Ski Patrolman with the Song Mt. Ski Patrol. He also is a certified SCUBA diver and has traveled around the world in pursuit of these two sports. He is a officer in Memorial Lodge No. 648 F&AM of North Syracuse, a 32nd degree member of the Central City Bodies of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in the Valley of Syracuse, a Shriner, he is a member and V.P. of the Director's Staff of the Tigris Temple of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Liverpool and the York Rite Central City Riverside Chapter No. 70 Royal Arch Masons, Central City Council No. 13 of Syracuse. He also is a member of the Centerville Chapter No. 185, Order of the Eastern Star, North Syracuse.
Why is he called “Bill”? It has been a tradition in the Fergerson family to name the first born male in each generation “Alfred”. The middle name is from the maternal grandfather’s first name. Another tradition is not to leave the land they have occupied since 1826. At one time, three Alfreds lived in one house (now the family home). To avoid confusion they called the oldest, Bill’s Great-grandfather, Alfred C. “Alfred”; the next, Alfred H. “Al”; and the next, Alfred E. is called “Fred”. When Alfred W. came along, his nickname was from his middle initial (William) so he is “Bill”.
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