OBITUARY

Reverend John Charles Ferrier

12 June , 194321 December , 2018

Reverend John Charles Ferrier 1943 ~ 2018

Ferrier, John Charles passed away on December 21, 2018 at the age of 75 years. John was predeceased by his father Byron in 1975 and his mother Kathleen in 1983. John was born June 12th, 1943. He was a native of Preston (now Cambridge) Ontario where he attended public and high school. From 1960 to 1967 he worked briefly in the cost accounting department of B.F. Goodrich (Canada) Ltd. in Kitchener, Ontario. Later he was employed as a land title searcher for the law firm of McGibbon, Harper & Haney in Waterloo, Ontario. John began his studies at Waterloo Lutheran University in 1967, graduating with a B.A. in English Literature in 1971. John went on to study at Knox College, University of Toronto from 1971 to 1974, graduating with the degree of Master of Divinity. Ordained as a minister in The Presbyterian Church in Canada in May of 1974, John was appointed to the pastoral charge of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Chauvin and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Wainwright in Alberta. He was the minister there from 1974 to 1979. John was inducted as minister in the Knox Presbyterian Church in Weyburn, Saskatchewan in June of 1979, where he remained for the rest of his career, retiring in April of 2006. John served a term as Moderator of the Presbytery of Edmonton, a term as Moderator of the Presbytery of Assiniboia and a term as Moderator of the Synod of Saskatchewan. He was also a Clerk of the Presbytery of Assiniboia for eight years. John became an Honourary Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Chauvin, Alberta as well as the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 47 in Weyburn. He served as the Chaplain to the Weyburn branch since 1980. John was awarded the Meritorious Life Membership in the Royal Canadian Legion by the Weyburn Branch in 1980. John was also appointed a voluntary Chaplain for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1993 and for the Weyburn Fire Department in 2003. John was also the recipient of the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce, the “Golden Spike Award” for service to the community in 2003. John will be lovingly remembered by his brother, the Reverend Jim Ferrier (Olga) of Maxville, Ontario; nephew, Alexander “Alex” (Amber) Ferrier of Ottawa, Ontario and great nephew, Toben Ferrier. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, Saskatchewan and the Funeral Service will be held Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. from Knox Presbyterian Church, Weyburn, Saskatchewan with the Reverend Jay Song officiating. Funeral Lunch & Fellowship will follow the service at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 47. Interment will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of John may be made to the Knox Presbyterian Church Fund, Weyburn, Saskatchewan

Services

  • Visitation Friday, 28 December , 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 29 December , 2018
REMEMBERING

Reverend John Charles Ferrier

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Pat Anderson

18 January 2019

I met John in the early 80’s when I worked at the Legion Lounge. He would occasionally stop in evenings with a bucket of popcorn purchased at the Soo Theatre and share with me while I bartended. He would settle in for a visit with the patrons, share a few jokes and sip a glass of pop. A fond memory for me was when he used to smoke his pipe. The aroma of his tobacco was like chocolate cake and it would precede him as he made his way into the lounge. Of course this was back when smoking was allowed.
Back in the days when Jeanine managed the lounge there would always be entertainment of some sort. She even convinced Rev Ferrier to participate in some skits and activities. Him and Jim Brown used to sing. Oh what hilarity!
John had a great sense of humour.
When departing for the evening he would say to me, “Well Pat I better go home and let the cat out of the dryer”.
John loved people and we all loved John.
Such a great man and a good friend.

Chris and Kathy Fraser

3 January 2019

We were so sorry to hear that John passed away. We met John when he moved to Chauvin, Alberta and have many happy memories of John. His warmth, friendliness and his sense of humor will be missed. He officiated our wedding in 1979 and even with long periods of time and many miles apart he remained a very good friend to us and we always looked forward to catching up with him when our visits to Chauvin coincided with his. Sincere condolences to his family.

Ron Cougler

30 December 2018

Sincerest condolences to Jim and family from Elaine and me. John was the best man (in every sense of the word) at our wedding 52 years ago. While distance separated us for most of our lives, John was my "best buddy" back in the days of Preston High School. Good times. Great friends (John, Pete Al and myself). There was never any doubt that John was meant to be a minister; a fun and very caring guy. His family was his congregation, and we are heartened by the many good messages posted about John's life, his work, and his positive influence on others. Rest in peace, good buddy!

Wendy (McFadden) Tingle

30 December 2018

It will be difficult to think of Weyburn without thinking of John Ferrier. He has been a family friend for 40 years. Although I don’t live there anymore, I would see John at church or at the Legion when home for a visit. John had a great sense of humour, always able to see the bright side of a situation. He used to say of his coffee row buddies, ‘if we haven’t heard a good rumour by 10 o’clock we’ll start one!’ He will be missed.

Sylvia & Vince Aitken

29 December 2018

To the family and friends of our dear Reverend John Ferrier - he will be missed by all the people that he had contact with. We, at First Presbyterian Church in Regina, looked forward to him coming to our church and being our "Minister of the Day" - he was wonderful in many, many ways. May he Rest in Peace and find happiness with relatives and friends who have gone before, and are waiting for him on "the other side".
Sylvia & Vince Aitken

Cheryl Munro

28 December 2018

On behalf of the congregation of St. Andrew's, I want to express our sincere condolences to you Jim, Olga and Alex and your family, on the loss of your beloved brother and uncle, John. We always enjoyed talking with him on his regular visits to Maxville as he usually had a story to share and a hearty laugh in response. He will be missed by all. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Cheryl Munro
Session, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Maxville

Angie Kryzanowski-Scianni

27 December 2018

Uncle John (although not my blood uncle) had such a huge impact on me as a child growing up in Chauvin, Alberta. Many nights, he would walk in the back door of our house and watch the evening news with my dad. They would smoke their pipes together and talk about life. Uncle John always gave my brother and I a gift at Christmas and our birthdays. He was so generous. What I will always remember is his laugh. A laugh that came from the bottom of his toes and could be heard from many blocks away. Uncle John was always there for us as a family and I will forever be greatful for all of his kindness. It is true that a community raises a child and Uncle John was a big part of my community when I was a child. Rest In Peace, Uncle John. You will forever be remembered and loved.

Alex & Ruth Taylor

27 December 2018

Our sympathy to family and friends. John was a caring and supportive person who will be missed by all.

Guy Devenny

27 December 2018

Guy wanted to pass on his condolences and best wishes to John Ferrier's family. Guy didn't know John well; however John did the Funeral Services for Guy's mother and father, Guy Sr. and Lillian Devenny. Whenever Guy Jr. came to town he always met with John, as John always remembered who Guy Jr. was. "He was a great guy."

Randy Burt

27 December 2018

Chaplain John: Thank you for your service to our Mounted Police family. Your enthusiasm and generosity was very much appreciated!

My deepest condolences!

Randy

FROM THE FAMILY