Robert F. Ferguson, 81, loving husband of Deborah Miller Ferguson of New Haven passed away May 29, 2011 peacefully surrounded by his family. Father of Kathleen Ann Cruz (Jacob) of Davie, FL., Robert F. Ferguson, III, (Patricia) of New Vernon, NJ. and James W. Ferguson of East Haven. Brother of Joan Shea (Jack) of West Haven, Frank Ferguson (Daphne) of New Haven, Maureen Petruzelli of Branford, and the late Donald Ferguson. Grandfather of Erica & Jacob Cruz of FL., and Meghan and Hannah Ferguson of NJ. He is also survived by his former wife, Frances Ferguson of Guilford, many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He was born in New Haven, April 29, 1930 a son of the late Robert and Grace Landino Ferguson. Robert graduated from Commercial HS where he played basketball, earned an AS Degree in Criminal Justice from UNH, and graduated from the F. B. I. School in Quantico, VA. He served in the US Army during WW II as an MP in Stuttgart, Germany. Bob was a police officer with the New Haven Police Dept. from 1955 until his retirement as a lieutenant in 1983. During that time he was shift commander, head of the police detail at the Coliseum and Yale Bowl, head of the Gambling & Narcotics Unit, head of the Traffic Division, and he received numerous department commendations. He was the director of security at Science Park from 1983-1993, Ogden Security from 1993-2003, and later was employed at Southern CT State University Security until 2010. Bob was a former coach in the Dom Atro Baseball League in NH. and the Bart Guida Hockey League. He was a member of the NHPD Emerald Society, the Knights of Columbus, Laurel View CC Senior Golf League, and he was a huge fan of UCONN women's basketball. His family would like to thank the staff at ST. Raphael Hospital Medical ICU and also the staff at Gaylord Hospital for the loving care they provided to Bob. Friends may visit with his family at BEECHER & BENNETT 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN on Tuesday May 31, from 4-8 p.m. Service of Remembrance will be Wednesday morning at 11 am in the funeral home. Interment with Military Honors in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Notre Dame H.S. 24 Ricardo St., West Haven, CT 06516.

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  1. My sincere condolences on Bob’s passing. I worked with him when he was in the traffic division, and I was a state Inspector. He was one of the .good guys. Bob

  2. To the Ferguson Family. We extend our deepest sympathy and will pray for Bob. May the Leprechauns be near you to spread good luck along your way. May all of the Irish Angels smile on you today. Jane and Family.

  3. A lot of good memories with Bob through school years and police careers. My sincere condolences to the family.

  4. Bob, Patricia & Family: So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Juliane

  5. Debbie, I heard this morning of the loss of your husband Robert. May God bless you and your entire family during this difficult time. My prayers are with you. Jerry

  6. Debbie, sad to hear the news. Sad to know our family has gotten so distant, or obsessed with our own lives, and seperated, I didn’t even know Bob was ill. I have nothing but fond memories of your whole family. Brian Sullivan

  7. It is with the deepest of sympathy that we sign this guestbook. Our prayers are with the family. God Bless You. The Jackson Family (your neighbors)

  8. Jimmy (Ferg), Please accept my condolences to you, your brother and sister on the loss of your dad. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. xo, Donna

  9. Sincere condolences to the family. I have fond memories of Cousin Bobby from my childhood. Love, Julie Rose

  10. The time I worked with Bob in the traffic division was a great time spent with a gentleman.Sorry for your loss.

  11. We will keep the Ferguson family in our prayers to remember the good times and that Robert is now at peace. Friends of Jim at Wallingford CC.

  12. Dear Jim, Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. Peter and Felicia Romano

  13. Debbie: I was so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. Bob thought so much of him and only had good things to say about him. They are now together and probably talking about the old days. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Carol DeNuzzo

  14. Jim and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Although times like this are sad as we remember and remince about the past and the times we shared with our families growing up, find peace that he is with God and all of our loved ones who have passed on. My prayers are with you all. Peace, Patty

  15. Bob, I am very sorry for your loss. Your father lived a life of service, to his county and his community, and he was a fine example of why his generation is so revered. Our prayers are with you. The Earlywine Family

  16. I worked with Bob Ferguson at the Coliseum, with Bobbie Toothill and Debbie…I was sorry to read he has left…to me he will always be with his fastidious white gloves directing traffic after a concert…

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