Remembering Gary Ferguson
In the history of Don Wheaton GM operations, nobody put in as much time as long-time shop foreman Gary Ferguson, including founder Don Wheaton, Sr. Gary passed away over the weekend of Dec. 10-11 at age 71. He started working for the dealership on Dec. 11, 1963 at 18 years old working his way up to shop foreman in 1994. Gary retained that title until his retirement on Dec. 1, 2014.
By his own admission he was on hand for a lot of changes at the dealership as well as the surrounding Whyte Avenue neighborhood. Everyone at Don Wheaton would like to extend their thoughts and condolences to Gary’s family as well as thank them for sharing such a wonderful person with us for so many years.
After 50-plus years of working in the dealership’s service department, Gary almost undoubtedly worked on just about every one of our customers’ vehicles in some way, shape or form. His professionalism and hard work were only outshined by his humble nature.
Gary might only be known by most of the people he worked with in the service department as world-class mechanic. But he was also a farmer and classic car collector. In fact, his 1964 Chevy Corvette Sting Ray was featured in our Custom Cruise Friday series earlier this fall.
The Wheaton family and everyone Gary touched over the year’s at the dealership mourn his passing but will always find solace in the fact we got to know him at all.