STRAFFORD - Thomas G. Ferguson, 92, of Bow Lake, Strafford, died peacefully at home on Sunday night during the 3rd inning of the Sox-Yankees game. He was born on the family farm in West Thornton on March 16, 1926 to Thomas and Amy (Lake) Ferguson of Portsmouth.
Tom was very proud of his Portsmouth upbringing. He grew up in the Atlantic Heights with his parents and his beloved sisters, Doris and Mae. Right up until the end, he could name the residents in each little brick house that lived in that close knit community where he grew up. It was at the Heights that he met Frank "Whitey" Robbins in kindergarten. They remained best friends until Whitey's death in 2017.
Tom played basketball at Portsmouth High School. He was a captain of the undefeated team when they won the state championship his senior year in 1944. He graduated in June and in August, took the train with many of his peers to the Army base in Fort Bragg, N.C. then on to Germany, 10 days before the Battle of the Bulge. He joined a Long Tom Artillery Company and then at age 19, ran the largest military bakery in Germany.
Upon returning to Portsmouth, he married Aline Moulton and began a long career in banking. He worked at the Pease Air Force Bank, New Hampshire National Bank, Portsmouth Savings Bank and Hampton Cooperative Bank, retiring in 1991. He often helped his father-in-law, Albert Moulton, at Moulton's Coffee Shop in Market Square. In the early 1980s, Tom and Aline moved permanently to Bow Lake where he brought a smile and a laugh to the community every day.
Tom is survived by his loving family: Thomas A Ferguson and his wife Janice of Portsmouth, Peter A Ferguson of Simpsonville, S.C., Jeannie Ferguson of Bow Lake and Steven M Ferguson of Concord. He was the proud grandfather of Kane, Jimmy and his wife Kathryn, Mary, Rose, Abby, Sam, Andy and Spenser and uncle to several nieces and nephews. Aline, his beloved wife of 55 years, passed away in 2006.