Christopher La-Mar Ferguson (Chris), age 59 of Tyngsborough, passed away on October 16th, 2021. Chris was born in Tulsa, OK on January 16, 1962 to Sara Celestine Ferguson (Long). The youngest of two boys, Chris attended Limestone Elementary, Clyde Boyd Junior High School, Charles Page High School, Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK) & Cameron University (Lawton, OK).
Chris grew up on a farm with fruit trees, vegetable gardens, blueberry bushes, livestock and wood lot. He and his brother Dwayne dedicated many hours to chores around the property, including weeding, harvesting, animal caretaking, and wood chopping and stacking. Other youth adventures included developing bike trails throughout the farm, and fishing in a nearby river. Chris and his family were active in the Baptist Church. Dubbed “The Long Brothers”, Chris and Dwayne sang duets with the church choir while their mother played the piano and organ. Among the only television shows Chris was allowed to watch were Saturday morning cartoons, and this was under the condition that he shake milk for the family’s butter while he watched. Chris had a talent and passion for drama, and he performed regularly in high school productions. Later in his life, Chris’ acting skills were rewarded with short spots in the movie RoboCop and the television show Peyton Place, as well as a leading role in a Boston production of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye & August Wilson’s Fences.
After exploring cities including Seattle and Washington, DC, Chris’ adventuresome spirit took him from Tulsa to Boston, MA in 2001. It was here that he met his beloved future wife, Holly Leggat. Married in June, 2009, their son Jordan arrived in 2010. Chris worked temporary jobs before landing at Covidien where he worked in compliance. Later Chris worked selling life insurance, while also coaching flag football, volunteering for the PTO, and working with Business Networking International. Chris continued his early agricultural tradition, planting annual gardens at their home in Tyngsborough, and growing produce ranging from tomatoes to watermelon. Family and friends loved Chris for his generous spirit (he was notorious for his creative holiday gifts and beautiful birthday cakes), his dynamic and animated political discussions, his powerful and moving family graces, and his devotion to family. He contributed essentially to holiday meals, whether multiple Thanksgiving turkeys or spiral Christmas hams, and never visited a family home in Wells, Maine without treating everyone to Congdon’s donuts. Chris’ tastes were eclectic. He enjoyed watching Star Trek as much as he did Oklahoma University football and passed along his passion for both film and football to Jordan, with whom he regularly shared this entertainment snuggled on the couch. Even as Chris’ health challenges progressed in his later years, he remained engaged, grateful for his blessings, and adoring of Holly and Jordan. He will be missed for his commanding presence, his passion for conversation, his appreciation for a good party, and his deep love of family.
Chris was predeceased by mother Sara Celestine Ferguson (Long), stepfather Boisey Long, father-in-law Thomas Leggat and aunts Lettie Ferguson, Corene Tennant & uncle Cornelius Ferguson. He is survived by wife Holly Ferguson, son Jordan Ferguson, Brother and Sister-in-Law Dwayne and Diana Long, his Aunt Fannie Long, Mother-in-Law Barbara Leggat, Sisters-in-Law Anne Irza-Leggat, Martha Leggat and Peggy Leggat, and Brothers-in-Law Stephen Irza and Stephen Barr. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, grand nephews/niece and cousins.
Relatives and friends will be received at the Tyngsborough Funeral Home, 4 Cassaway Dr., Tyngsborough, MA 01879, on Friday, November 12th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. A service to celebrate Chris’ life will take place immediately following in the Funeral Home and will be live streamed via the Funeral Home website. Those attending the services will be asked to wear a mask. In lieu of flowers, the Ferguson family kindly requests that memorial gifts be made in Chris’ name to “ILD Clinical and Translational Research Fund 227400” at Massachusetts General Hospital in support of interstitial lung disease research. Gifts may be made online at giving.massgeneral.org or by checks made payable to “Mass General Hospital” that can be mailed to Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, Attention: Patrick Rooney/Ferguson Family, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. For online condolences or directions please visit, www.tyngsboroughfuneralhome.com.