Former Senator Johnley Ferguson Passes Away

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Tributes pour in for Former Senator Johnley Ferguson, who passed away today.

Ferguson, described as a “steadfast Bahamian,” having served in many capacities, being appointed as a Senator on May 7, 2007 following the 2007 General Election,  was elected vice-president of the Senate.

Senator the Hon Johnley Ferguson receives his Letter of Appointment from Governor General His Excellency Arthur Hanna, during ceremonies at Government House on Monday, May 14, 2007.(BIS Photo by Derek Smith)

He was a former Director of the Bahamas Cooperative League and has served on the Board of the Teachers and Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union.

Ferguson has taught at numerous public schools in New Providence and the Family Islands, and has served as school principal, education superintendent, and as a Family Island Administrator.

His son-in-law and Pastor of Life Changers Ministries Valentino Williams acknowledged his death this morning after previous reports indicated that Ferguson died on Friday. In a Facebook post Williams says:

“Johnley Walter Ferguson, 69, transitioned peacefully contrary to preempted media announcements last evening. On behalf of the Ferguson family, we are overwhelmed by the calls, prayers, condolences and expressions of love; we are eternally grateful to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas for these expressions. Continue to pray for us as we mourn the loss of this husband, father, grandfather, brother, nation builder, and giant of a man.”

Ferguson was born in Snug Corner, Acklins, on November 12, 1950 to Earnest and Ellamae Ferguson.

He received his early education at Snug Corner All-Age School, and continued his education at San Salvador Teachers College. He also received an MBA degree from Nova University, Florida.

Ferguson is married to Carnetta Ferguson and they have four children.


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