John R. McFerran, 74, Edwards, passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
John was born on May 27, 1935 in Gouverneur to the late Robert H. and Ruth L. (Hance) McFerran. He graduated from Edwards High School in 1953 and then entered into the United States Navy and served from 1953 until he was honorably discharged in 1955. A marriage to Helen Lou McKee ended in divorce.
John worked as a custodian for Edwards Central School and Edwards-Knox Central School for 32 years.
He was a member of the Edwards Volunteer Fire Department for over 50 years and was a member of the New York State Fire Police.
He enjoyed going to garage sales, refurbishing old bicycles and giving them to local children, camping and listening to music.
John is survived by two daughters, Lorinda M. (Rini) McFerran of Degrasse and Margaret E. McFerran of Rochester; his long-time companion of 32 years, Sally A. Silk of Ogdensburg; a brother and his wife, James F. and Cynthia McFerran of Edwards; a sister, Rachael L. Bagley of Mission, TX; and three grandchildren, Michael and McKarrah Ramsey and MarQuise McFerran.
John was predeceased by a sister, Margaret McFerran Neil, who passed away in January of 1988.
Calling hours will be on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at French Funeral Home Inc. in Edwards. The funeral service will be on Saturday at the funeral home at 11 a.m. with lay speakers Marilyn Constantine and William Strate officiating. There will be a celebration of life following the funeral service at Jocko's Bar in Degrasse.
Burial will be at a later date at Fairview Cemetery in Edwards.
Donations may be made in John's memory to the Edwards Volunteer Fire and Rescue or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy, 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.