Local leaders mourn loss of Gloversville official

GLOVERSVILLE – Local officials and family remember Gloversville Planning Board President William “Bill” Ferguson as a hard worker who was dedicated to helping others.

Ferguson, 66, died Sept. 19 of a heart attack while visiting his first grandchild in Las Vegas, said his wife, Penny.

Penny, who was married to William for 26 years, said he died on their anniversary.

She said her husband will be buried at the Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery.

“We were planning to move to Vegas next year to be closer to his granddaughter; that was his greatest pride and he couldn’t wait to meet her,” Penny said. “My husband was an amazing person, and I don’t think anybody that he met didn’t like him.”

His son Laurence said his father touched the lives of many people.

“Everybody was better off in some way, whether they met him for five minutes or for 30 years, he touched a lot of people’s lives because he had that ability,” Laurence said.

“Mr. Ferguson was certainly dedicated to our community and he was doing a great job as the chairman of our Planning Board,” Mayor Dayton King said.

Ferguson was born in the Bronx on Oct. 28, 1946. Her served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, according to his obituary.

He worked for General Electric as a machinist and union leader and for Campbell Plastics. He also worked for 16 years as director of operations for the Gloversville Enlarged School District before retiring.

Ferguson was appointed to the Planning Board in 2011.

Fulton County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said of Ferguson, “He had the most experience on that board … He did a tremendous job.”

Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said Ferguson was “a top-notch Planning Board chairman and I’m sure he is going to be greatly missed throughout our community.”

Fellow Planning Board member and Gloversville mayoral candidate James Handy said Ferguson’s knowledge will be missed.

“Bill was instrumental in moving things forward here,” Handy said.

Gloversville ?Enlarged School District Superintendent Michael Vanyo spoke about Ferguson on behalf of the district.

“He touched a lot of people’s hearts with all the work he did in transportation, buildings and grounds, and you can see his work throughout the district,” Vanyo said.

Perry Paul, a previous member of the Board of Education, said Ferguson “always had the best interest of the kids in the district at heart.”

Ferguson’s term on the Planning Board was scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2017.

A memorial service for Ferguson will be held Oct. 4 at “Club B” at 350 Bleecker St.