Reported by Nigel Boys
Although the late George Ferguson’s obituary on the website of the Canadian newspaper Times Colonist reads like he was a man you probably would have avoided in life. Ironically though, if one were to read between the lines, it becomes evident that the writer was someone who cared for him quite deeply.
The obituary begins by describing George as someone who didn’t know how to show love to others, either as a son, brother, or father. It goes on to say that those who knew him well enough would be careful that he didn’t take any of their possessions as he was likely to steal even the shirt off of a person’s back.
However, it does say that George was generous with other people’s money, which he had obtained by some scheme or another, and he was obviously a charming man in his earlier life because most of his victims were women.
Apparently George had studied the Word of God at some point in his life and would use special sermons to con congregations into putting money into his various schemes. However, none of these schemes actually led up to much and he ended up trying one after the other in vain.
After marrying his second wife, Janet in the 1970s, the couple became the owners of an antique store and Blighty’s Bistro on Oak Bay Ave in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The couple became well known local celebrities. Apparently George was more of a character than his wife because he paraded around Oak Bay with a parrot on his shoulder.
George eventually grew old and was not the healthiest person in the world, but he still managed to get around Oak Bay on a scooter, which he would use to transport him from one drinking place to the next.
Nearing the end of his life and realizing that the doctors in the hospital could do no more to help him, old George calmly told his friends that it was time he “checked out.” The next day he drank with his friends, while still in the hospital and reminisced about the “good old times.” He died the following day.
According to the jolly person who wrote his obituary, George never changed one bit right up to the end. In fact, he died, leaving various debts he had been accumulating on bank and credit cards, so old George had the last laugh.