Robert “Bob” Lee Ferguson, who founded the Ski Market chain of New England retail stores, died on Dec. 12, 2011 from complications with pneumonia. Ferguson, who was born on Dec. 7, 1932, was a retired commander with the U.S. Navy when he first opened St. Moritz Sports in Wellesley, Mass., with his wife Joanne in 1958. He partnered with Tom Richardson to open the first Ski Market store in Boston in 1971.
The chain of stores sold everything from skis to snowboards to bicycles over the years, and had a total of seven locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, employing 170 people, when the company went out of business in 2010.
Bob is survived by the mother of his children Joanne Emanuelson of Weston. Devoted father of Jan Ferguson of FL., Jeffrey Ferguson and his wife Susan of Holliston, Amy Heidke and her husband Bruce of Sudbury, Sally Duffley and her husband James of North Reading, and Andrew Ferguson of Wayland. Loving brother of Joann Carlson and her husband Robert of AZ. He also leaves his grandchildren; Jennifer, Andrew, Timothy, Matthew, Colby, Harley, and Dawson as well as many nieces and nephews.
Private services will be held for the family. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held this summer on Cape Cod for friends and family. Time and date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Disabled American Veterans www.dav.org.
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