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Memorable Manitobans: Colin Campbell Ferguson (1878-1938)

Insurance executive.

Born at Marshfield, Prince Edward Island on 10 March 1878, son of Senator Donald Ferguson and Elizabeth Scott, he was educated at McGill University (BA 1900). He became an actuary for the Great West Life Assurance Company in 1907 and, in 1915, on the death of J. H. Brock, became its General Manager. He was a Director of the Northern Trusts Company and the Manitoba Cattle Loan Company. In 1904, he married Edith Jean Platt (1880-1975) and they had five children: Edith Jean Ferguson (1905-1917), Donald Ryrie Ferguson (1908-1981), Blair Ferguson (1912-1995), Margaret Elizabeth Ferguson (1915-1965), and Colin Campbell Ferguson. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, Motor Country Club, Winnipeg Winter Club, Canadian Club of Winnipeg (President, 1922-1923), and Baptist church. He died at his Winnipeg home, 114 Nassau Street, on 20 May 1938 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ferguson House (584 Broadway, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Obituary [Edith Jean Ferguson], Winnipeg Tribune, 5 May 1917, page 19.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Men of Winnipeg in Diamond Jubilee Sketches,” Winnipeg Free Press, December 1934. [Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 8, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections]

“C. C. Ferguson, noted business leader, dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 May 1938. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Obituary [Edith Jean Ferguson], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 November 1975, page 49.

Obituary [Donald R. Ferguson], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1981, page 91.

Obituary [Blair Ferguson], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 July 1995, page 16.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 March 2020

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