Remembering... Ken Ferris

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Andrew Wagstaff
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Until the last year of his 82-year life, Ken Ferris rarely slowed down.

He was just on the go all day, recalled stepdaughter Debbie Gilroy. My mom would say she hardly ever saw him.

Until the last year of his 82-year life, Ken Ferris rarely slowed down.

He was just on the go all day, recalled stepdaughter Debbie Gilroy. My mom would say she hardly ever saw him.

Whether it was taking part in his many activities as a Shriner, or running an errand for a friend, or visiting his good friend Bill Hickey at Once Again Sports, Ferris kept busy.

He enjoyed helping others, especially children, according to Gilroy.

The Shriners were one of his favourite projects, I think because he really liked the fact that he was helping kids, she said. There were a lot of kids around here that would receive things like wheelchairs and treadmills through the Shriners. When they dud their lobster supper every year, it had everything to do with the kids.

He was an avid hockey fan and would often attend AHL games with his friend when teams were in Saint John, N.B. and Moncton, N.B. They also were regular attendees at the Amherst Ramblers games, and had their own private spot in the corner.

The two friends would often get into heated discussions during the games, he recalled.

One night they called security on us because they thought we were going to start swinging, said Hickey, chuckling. Security got there and said, Its just those two fools, dont pay any attention to them.

He described his friend as trustworthy and always willing to lend a hand with the business or head out for a road trip as the wheel man.

Going to hockey games without him just hasnt been the same, according to Hickey.

We had a lot of good times together, he said. He was a good, loyal friend.



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Shriners

Geographic location: Saint John, Moncton

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