Husband of the late Emma (Bradley) Ferguson, he was born in Bridgeport and was the son of the late David and Flora (Ellwood) Ferguson.
After graduating from Harding High School, he studied tool making in Bullard Havens Technical School and went to Bridgeport Engineering Institute then transferred to the University of Bridgeport where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He also took courses in electrical engineering and worked for General Electric Co. in Bridgeport.
Richard was a foreman in the Rotary File Co., prior to entering the United States Army where he was taken as a prisoner of war in WWII in the Battle of the Bulge while acting as a Forward Observer in the Field Artillery. Following the Service, he worked in the Engineering Dept at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. then at Wallace Metal Products in New Haven, as a Tool and Die Designer and as an Estimator for Moore Tool Co. in Bridgeport. He embodied all phases of numerical control namely; quoting, designing, selling and building. B
Before his retirement in 1985, he moved from Manager of Numerical Control to Chief Engineer. He was a member of; The Tool, Die & Precision Machining Association, the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a charter member of the Numerical Control Society, YMCA Industrial Management Club.
Prior to going into the Army, he was the treasurer at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bridgeport. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the following clubs: Wepawaug Country Club, Riverview Country Club, Smith Richardson Golf Club, Fairchild Wheeler Golf Club; he studied oil painting in Fairfield Adult Education and was a member of the 106th Infantry Division Assoc. and the American Ex-Prisoners of War.
He is survived by his daughters Barbara Harris and her husband Joe of Dagsboro, Delaware and Pam Fagan and her husband Brian of Newtown, CT; 4 grandchildren: Joseph Harris II and his wife Liz of MA, Janine Hunter and her husband Charlie of MD, Colleen Gagnon and her husband Eric of NH, Jeff Fagan and his wife Jenn of MD; 7 great-grandchildren David, Emma, Charlie, Jordan, Eric, Ian, and Lily and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his two sisters Barbara Castaldo and Dorothy Roussakis and by his twin brother Robert.
Calling hours will be on Wednesday, February 6th from 4:00 to 8:00, with a service @ 7pm at the Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, 135 N. Broad Street in Milford. A Military Honor interment will be in Lawncroft Cemetery, Black Rock Tnpke, Fairfield, CT at 11:00 am on Thursday, Feb. 7th.
In lieu of flowers donations in Richard’s name may be made to: New Haven Veteran’s Center, 141 Captain Thomas Blvd, New Haven, CT 06516 or Alzheimer’s Association.
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