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Pat Ferguson "friend to the foreign correspondent" has died

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6 June 2017

Pat Ferguson, NUJ life member and former world news desk Americas editor, who retired from the Financial Times in 2009, has died.

He joined the FT from The Independent, where he was foreign news editor and associate foreign editor until 1996. He started his journalism career at the Yorkshire Post before working at the Associated Press and the Observer.

James Lamont, FT managing editor, said many colleagues would remember Pat “as a fount of knowledge, a meticulous guarantor of quality and a friend to the foreign correspondent”.

He had a love of quizzing and appeared on University Challenge and Brain of Britain. In retirement, Pat greatly enjoyed volunteering and guiding at Hampton Court Palace, sharing an encyclopaedic knowledge of history with its visitors.

His funeral takes place on Friday 16 June at 10.30 at St. Francis de Sales church, 16 Wellington Road, Hampton Hill, Middlesex, TW12 1JR. He will be buried at Shacklegate Lane cemetery after the service, followed by reception in the Red Lion, 164 Stanley Road, TW11 8UD.

If you plan to attend, please let Aya Ferguson know by emailing  at or calling 07894 997655 by Monday 12 June.

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