Chatham Resident J. Bruce Ferguson Obituary; Attorney and Volunteer

J. Bruce Ferguson

A memorial service for Chatham resident J. Bruce Ferguson will be held at St. Paul's Church, 200 Main St., Chatham, N.J., on Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m.

Mr. Ferguson, 71, died at Morristown Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, March 14. A visitation will be held at St. Paul's on Friday, March 31 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Born in 1945 in Bay Shore, N.Y., Mr. Ferguson grew up in Brightwaters, N.Y. and graduated from The Loomis Institute (now The Loomis Chaffee School) in 1963.

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He attended Cornell University, graduating in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in History/Asian Studies, and received his J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1972. Following service in the Army Reserves, he practiced law at Hughes Hubbard & Reed and then moved to the American Stock Exchange, where he worked for over 30 years and specialized in financial products law and equity traded index fund (ETFs) products.

After retirement at the American Stock Exchange, he worked as a consultant with Bank of America. He retired in 2015.

Mr. Ferguson was an active member of St. Paul's Church, where he served in various ministries, most recently as a vestry member and an usher. He also served on them Chatham Environmental Commission and the executive board of the Chatham Community Garden.

Following his retirement he was a volunteer at Sage Eldercare, caning and rushing chairs for their furniture restoration program.

Known for his kidding and sense of humor, he enjoyed travel, especially to Block Island with his family. He loved his dog Lucy and tortoise, Tank. He enjoyed bird-watching and invited all of the neighborhood dogs to play in the yard.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Dawn; his daughter, Katherine, of Norwich, Vt., and her fiancé, Dr. Nick Stadlberger; his son, Bryan, of New York City; his sister, Janet Seidenberg (Otto) of Long Lake, Minn., and his brother, Robert (Connie) of Vero Beach, Fla.; and his brothers-in- law, Brian DeCook (Lois) and Steve DeCook, both of Tucson, Ariz., and Tom DeCook of Shelby Township, Mich. He is also survived by his nieces, Barrie Seidenberg, Abby Ferguson Walsh, Pippa Seidenberg, Dawn Gibson, Hanneke DeCook, and Anna DeCook, and his nephews, Peter Seidenberg, Nick Seidenberg, Peter Gibson Ferguson, and Henry DeCook.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Ferguson's name can be made to the Chatham Emergency Squad (, Sage Eldercare (, or Home for Good Dogs (

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