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OBITUARY

Wyvern I. H. Ferguson

March 21, 1944September 11, 2020
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Wyvern Ian Hamlyn Ferguson March 21, 1944 - September 11, 2020

Wyvern Ian Hamlyn Ferguson, devoted husband and father, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 11, 2020 at the age of 76.

Known to many as “Fergie”, Wyvern was born on March 21, 1944 in Black Bay, St. John's, Grenada to Selwyn Ferguson and Joyce Baptiste.

As a youth, he attended Presentation Boys' College, a Catholic boys’ school, in St. George’s, Grenada where he studied Biology and Chemistry. Wyvern worked as an Auditor for the Government of Grenada before venturing off to the United States of America. He resided in Brooklyn, New York for a time before moving to Washington, DC to study Political Science at Howard University. Wyvern was employed as an Administrative Officer at the Embassy of Grenada. There he was instrumental in the construction of the New Hampshire Avenue building. After his time at the Embassy, Wyvern eventually retired from The Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) after 25 years of service.

On January 31, 1973, Wyvern married Phyllis Teresa Guy in Washington, DC. Their union lasted nearly 48 years. He had 3 children, Reginald, Shakira and Philana. After leaving the city, the family eventually settled in Hyattsville, MD and then Beltsville, MD.

Wyvern never forgot his roots and expressed his love for his native country by serving as Treasurer for the Grenada Cultural and Social Association of Washington, DC for many years.

Although short in stature, Wyvern had a big personality and an infectious spirit. He was an avid music lover with an extensive vinyl collection. He enjoyed cricket, soccer, and American football. He was a walking encyclopedia. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t tell you about history, politics, geography and mathematics.

He is survived by his loving wife and children; sister Harriet, nephew Craig; grandsons DuJan, Jaden, and Aaron; great-grandson Dominic; sisters-in-law Gloria and Gemma Guy; brother-in-law George Guy; godsons Kevin McIntosh and Kemi James; Andy St. John who was like a son to him and many other beloved family and friends.

Celebration of Life Services can be viewed online through ZOOM Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 12pm.

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    Sunday, September 20, 2020

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Shelly Mooney

September 21, 2020

To Shakira and Family-

My deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family. May you find peace and comfort through the good memories you shared with your father. My thoughts are with you.

Georgie guy

September 20, 2020

sad knowing #uncle one full of laughter joy always words of encouragement have gone so soon you will be never forgotten
Your words will always remain my heart
Sad knowing you're gone

Levis Osindo

September 20, 2020

Late Mr. Ferguson was one of the best role model that taught me a lot when I moved to United States. His passing leaves a hole that will forever be remembered. I am grateful to have meet him and become part of a neighborhood family. A great man, teacher, husband father, neighbor and role model to many. May God love and compassion be with the family.

Kemi James

September 20, 2020

When I received the bad news, I was shocked. Not. Uncle. Fergie. Although he surely had several terms of endearment and sobriquets, I always called my godfather "Uncle Fergie" fondly. I had only one biological uncle (in Trinidad), but Uncle Fergie no doubt embraced the role of a surrogate uncle, a second father. He was always considerate, extremely generous, warmhearted, and thoughtful to me. A great listener, an avid sports fan, a man with a wicked sense of humor, of deep faith and conviction, and a morale booster, too. When I suffered from a serious health scare in 2017, he made visits to the rehab hospital where I recuperated to monitor my progress and provide moral support. On another note, I had recently discussed with him my Grenadian roots on my mom's side. Some time before that, he talked about his stay in Carriacou with Aunty Phyllis. Three months ago, I spoke to him on Father's Day, and was delighted to chat with the three Ferguson ladies as well! That moment felt like times past--Lewisdale, Takoma Park, Saint Augustine's, get-togethers. During Christmastime, it was always something that I looked forward to every year, when I would call to thank him for his gift, to hear his voice, to see if he liked my gift for him. The other day I was already thinking of what nice gift to deliver to him this Christmas ... In such a difficult year to weather through, I will at least keep one thing in mind: I have a nine-year-old goddaughter; if I can be at least HALF of the godfather Uncle Fergie was to me, then I'm in very good shape of being a great godfather to her as well. My condolences, prayers and love to Aunty Phyllis, Reggie, Shakira, Philana and many others affected. Rest in Heaven and, again, thank you for everything, Uncle Fergie.

Patricia Williams

September 20, 2020

I had the pleasure of living in the same building with Fergie on New Hampshire Ave. I was there when Phyllis arrived from London. Fergie was beyond excited that day. I was given the honor of being godmother to Philana.
Those are memories I’ll always cherish and just a fraction of the wonderful memories I know his family has of the many years they shared.
In the days and months ahead, those memories will give you strength, hopefully peace and comfort and at times put a smile on your faces when you remember what a wonderful life you had with Fergie.

Kevin McIntosh

September 20, 2020

I’ve always felt blessed to have Uncle Wyvie as my godfather because his kindness and supportive words were a constant in my life. Every time I’d see him I’d hear the energetic greeting “Kev! How’s my godson?” He and my father ‘Kennis’ were best friends where their bond and mutual respect showed me from an early age the true meaning of friendship. One of my favorite memories from my childhood was seeing my father with Uncle Wyvie listening to music in the car as they waited to pick me up from preschool with a box of donuts in the backseat. Uncle Wyvie has been a part of so many great times in my life for as long as I can remember. You will always be with me godfather.

Christopher Alexander

September 19, 2020

Thinking about all the family and social gatherings of decades past - the GCSA meetings at our home, the visits to his and Aunt Phyllis' as a child, the way he would playfully stretch the first R in my name when greeting me... the memories of his presence are indelible. He may be gone, but he cannot and will not ever be forgotten. Rest easy, Uncle Wyvie.

Mabel Nathaniel

September 19, 2020

Dear Phyllius,
As neighbors we encouraged each other , we read bible and talked about faith and prayed together, now comes the time to prove the faith in our Heavenly Father. He knows the best , your husband was a wonderful man always talked with me with a smile even when he was in pain. Count on God’s promise s “He will never leave you or forsake you! “
My true condolences to your family.
Your sister in Christ mabel

Renita Jackson

September 19, 2020

My prayer is that God comforts your hearts and gives you peace that surpasses all understanding. The peace that reassures the heart. The peace which stands guard over your hearts and minds to sustain you through this transition.

You have my deepest sympathies and I will continue to pray for you!

Simon aka Choko Sitney

September 19, 2020

It was some time back in 1971 at the Carter Barron park 16 St and Kennedy NW, Washington DC where I meet this Icon. I was on a Football team , club name Islanders which he was a member. If we had two of him on the side lines, we probably would of won all our games. He had a voice and he made it heard, that is what you need when you are on the field.
I was a young star fresh from Spice Isle Grenada and with a HOT head blood close to the skin, did not take no mess from anyone. A fight broke out with me and a spectator at a game, after all the commotion, I met Mr. Ferguson, he talked to me, there after a friendship better than white on rice had come into play between me and him up to a couple weeks ago,when we last spoke. A guy I liked and trust. I thank him for his kind words. He will be remembered, may his soul rest in peace.

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