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Memorable Manitobans: Walter McLaren “Waddy” Ferguson (1893-1963)

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Waddy Ferguson
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Athlete, pressman.

Born at Portage la Prairie on 5 April 1893, son of James Hamilton Ferguson (1856-1944) and Margaret McLaren (1856-1946), in 1910 he was a founding member of the Winnipeg Toilers Basketball Club. In September 1914, he enlisted for military service in the Lord Strathcona Horse, spending nearly five years overseas before returning home to Winnipeg. He worked as a printer’s pressman for T. W. Taylor and Company for many years and was a member of the Lord Strathcona Horse Veterans Association and the YMCA. He was not with his Toilers teammates during their tragic 1933 crash and later served in an executive and representative capacity after ending his on-court involvement. He also played football with the Winnipeg Rowing Club and Victoria Club. He, along with his friend and fellow Toiler Charles Harold “Steppy” Fairman, owned the property which has since been been commemorated as Toilers Memorial Park. He died, unmarried, at Winnipeg on 16 October 1963 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Toilers dominant force in local basketball,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 28 October 1933, page 23.

Obituary [James Hamilton Ferguson], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1944, page 4.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 October 1963, page 27.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 21 October 1963, page 15.

“Toilers brought basketball to Winnipeg in 1910,” Winnipeg Free Press New Leisure, 23 March 1974, page 3.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 December 2014

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