He is a licensed funeral director, president and owner of Fergerson Funeral Home, Inc. of North Syracuse.
Incorporated in 1977, continuing the firm founded by his father in 1948. He was the manager of Fergerson Ambulance & Invalid Coach Service from 1966 until 1978. He is a member of the NYS, National, and Central New York Funeral Directors Associations as well as the Flying Funeral Directors of America. He is a Mortuary Disaster Coordinator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Funeral Directors Association and for the Village of North Syracuse.He graduated from North Syracuse High School, Onondaga Community College, SUNY Oswego (with BS and BA degrees), and with honors from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service. He taught anatomy and physiology at OCC for over 24 years, lectured at the Onondaga County Police Academy and taught at Simmons School of Mortuary Science. He is a volunteer instructor for the American Red Cross and for several Emergency Medical Technician courses and seminars held locally and internationally.
He has chaired village committees, for several mayoral administrations, including the Chestnut St. Extension project, the Main Street Facade Improvements, NYS DOT Route 11 Improvements committee and co-authored the current village sign ordinance. He is a past president of the North Syracuse Jaycees and a charter member of the Cicero-North Syracuse Optimist Club. He is also a member of the North Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Syracuse Better Business Bureau. He currently serves on the Village of North Syracuse Board as a Trustee, Chairman of Public Safety, Police Liaison and Deputy Mayor.
Fred was honored in 1993 by being inducted to the "North Syracuse Wall of Distinction" which recognizes prominence and civic service to the community. Inductees photos and accomplishments are placed on display at Cicero-North Syracuse High School as role models for area youth. A Star-News December 9th 1992 article listed him as "one of the top ten pillars of the greater North Syracuse Community."
He was again honored in 1993 by being named North Syracuse's "Man of The Year" by the Greater North Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Star- News. This recognition was for "lifetime commitment" to community service and volunteer work to revitalize the Village central business district. His family was named "The Family of the Year" by the New York State Council, Knights of Columbus, also that year.
Fred was one of 30 Syracuse area residents to fly into Syracuse's Hancock International Airport on the British Airway's supersonic Concorde on September 27, 1986. Originating in London, this was the only flight Concorde made into Syracuse. The Syracuse newspapers reported over 50,000 people were at the airport to witness the event. In 1994, he toured the Holy Land and Egypt. Upon his return, he authored a series of articles, subsequently published, in 2011, as a book entitled "His Footsteps are Still Warm". The book and articles related his experiences in the Middle East which included, retracing the footsteps of Christ and climbing the Pyramids outside of Cairo.
He is a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church where he serves as a Eucharistic minister and served on the Liturgy Committee. He is a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Curly Council 3717 and fourth degree member of Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy Assembly, North Syracuse. A 32nd degree Mason, he is a Past Master of Memorial Lodge No. 648 F & AM, North Syracuse, a member of Central City Bodies of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in the Valley of Syracuse, a member of the Director's Staff of the Tigris Temple of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Liverpool and the York Rite Central City Riverside Chapter No. 70 Royal Arch Masons, Central City Council No. 13, Central City Commandery No. 25, and the C.N.Y. York Rite College No. 27, all of Syracuse. Also, he is a member of Centerville Chapter No. 185, Order of the Eastern Star, North Syracuse. He served as a trustee and is a founder of the Memorial Masonic Temple Corporation, North Syracuse. He authored, designed and published this entire website.
Wife: Patricia H. Son: Alfred W. "Bill" Daughter: Victoria A. "Vicky"