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“My condolences to David, Maureen and the entire family. I had the opportunity to be around Peter many times and we were always able to share a...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Scott Guilbeault - friend

“Peter was a good friend of my son Kenn. Although they had different personalities, you could see that there was a definite connection between them....Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Anthony Coviello - Tewksbury, MA

“So saddened to read this...always a cheerful guy. We corresponded fairly recently as he realized we have a mutual friend (joe dash)and he sounded so...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Karen Carter (corbett) - MA

“So saddened to read this...always a cheerful guy. We corresponded fairly recently as he realized we have a mutual friend (joe dash)and he sounded so...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Karen Carter (corbett) - MA

“Maureen, we are so sorry to hear of Peter's passing. Always enjoyed talking over the fence. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers....Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Cheryl Gay - Lynn, MA - Neighbor

“Please accept my condolences. ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Joe Gunther

The Biys who loved you! “Peter was beloved by all of us at 345 2 legged and four legged--when we talked with Karen Blue came and put his head on my feet like he knew Peter...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: loretta susan finn and blue - MA

“Peter & Family, We are deeply sorry for your loss. Peter was a kind, thoughtful, and jocular man. Though we only had the privilege of sharing many...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Teren, Peter, and Paul - Trumbull, CT

“I never had the privilege of meeting Peter in person, but I know how much he loved my dear friend, Karin. For that, I will always be grateful. My...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Kelly Cooke - Keyport, NJ

“Heartfelt condolences to my dear sweet cousin Karin and also to Peter's Family, Friends and Loved Ones. We are so sorry for your loss. I never met...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Colleen Champagne - Escondido, CA

“Dear Maureen and Family and Karin,My heart is broken for all of you. Peter was the most gentle and kind person you would ever want to meet. Peter...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Lisa La Mae Agliata - Derry, NH

“Dearest Karin, We only met Peter ever so briefly when you were out for a walk together and our paths crossed. But we came to know from your mom how...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Lucia Mudd - Cambridge, MA

“Dear Peter and Family,We are so very sorry for your loss. May your treasured memories keep Peter, Jr. always with you, and time bring you peace.Love...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Duffin Family - Norwalk, CT

“Karin, We are so sorry for your loss. All of us at school are thinking of you at this difficult time. Love - Terri, Frank & Zachary ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Terri Rhodes - Quincy, MA

“Dear Peter & family,We are so very sorry to hear of your son Peter's passing. May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Michael & Nora Duffin - Stamford, CT

“Maureen & Family,Our hearts are broken for you. We will remember Peter as respectful, friendly &having your heart & good humor! Rest in peace dear...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Kathie & Tom Slowey - Saugus, MA

“My heart is broken for you all. ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Pam Gallant - Lynn, MA - Friend

“So sorry Maureen for you and your family. You will be in our prayers ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Ginny & Paul Kotkowski - Peabody, MA

“We had some good times together buddy, and I was proud to call you my best friend. The world is lessened by your passing. You will be sorely missed...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Kenn Coviello - Andover, MA

“Oh Peter I'm so sorry. I am absolutely taken aback at this news. Rest in peace, friend. Paula Coviello Erskine ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Paula Erskine - Lowell, MA

“Dear JoEllen, Kenny, Henry & Quinn, We're so sorry for your loss and are praying for you during this difficult time. Flaherty Family ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Caitlin Flaherty - Melrose, MA

“Peter we only knew you a short time but each day was filled with warmth, good humor and caring--the Boys, Finn and Blue, were your dogs as much as...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: lLoretta and Susan butehorn - MA

“Peter will always live in me heart he was always there ,to make me laugh He was a good friend in good time and bad ,he always had time to help. ...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Evelyn delangis - Saugus, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Cherished Time with Family & Friends
Peter J. Ferguson, Jr., 50, of Quincy formerly of Melrose & Lynn died at Brigham & Women's Hospital on April 29, 2018.
Peter was born on March 1, 1968 in Landstuhl Germany, the oldest of four children. He grew up in Melrose. He is the beloved son of Peter J Ferguson of Leominster, MA and Maureen E. Ferguson of Lynn, MA. Loving brother David M. Ferguson of Rehoboth, MA, JoEllen F. Solano and her husband Kenny of Melrose and Mackenzie Walsh Ferguson of San Diego, CA. Loving brother-in-law of Nicole & Michael Pytlak of Melrose. Cherished uncle of Tanner, Aiden, Liam, Henry, Quinn, Benjamin and Ethan. Soulmate and first true love of Karin Pendergast, of Quincy.
Born in Germany and raised in Melrose, he went on to graduate from Tewksbury High School. Upon graduation, Peter enlisted in the Army and served in the National Guard. His love for country inspired him to join the Tewksbury Minutemen, participating in historical American Revolutionary battle re-creations for five years.
Peter worked in the transportation industry as a career driver for 25 years. As much as he missed family, he loved the long haul trips and the wonderful opportunity to view America from his commanding 18 wheel perch high above the road. He often times would visit extended family and friends in many various parts of the country whenever he had the opportunity. He was an amazing story teller who loved to share many stories from his extensive road journeys.
Once Peter retired from the trucking industry, he was thankful to spend more time with his family and friends, his two true greatest passions, which brought him so much joy. He embraced every opportunity to get together with those he loved. Although he would often sit quietly off to the side, he would always share a witty or playful remark instantly brightening the conversation! He was truly selfless with his time and his heart and never expected anything in return.
In recent years, he met his one true love, Karin. They traveled together, attended the theatre, walked along Castle Island, enjoyed listening and singing to live music, and loved caring for their two adorable cats, Gizzy and Marvin, or as they loved to call them their "fur babies!" Most importantly, they cherished the opportunity to experience life together with each other and their family and friends.
Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Friday, May 4th from 4-8PM. Procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Saturday, May 5th at 8:45AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of the Incarnation, 425 Upham St., Melrose at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.