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It is with sadness that we must report the death of Bob Ferry on January 31 of this year. Bob was editor of the Connecticut Ancestry Society journal from 1994 to 2003, longer than any prior editor. A “Tribute to Robert A. Ferry” was published in our “Ferry Recognition Issue” of August 2003, together with Bob’s article, “Family Research: A Report on a Decade of Learning.”
Bob was raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was a radio gunner in the Air Force in World War II, and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an electrical engineer. He was employed by General Electric Company and later for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He also served as deacon and as church clerk at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich.
As editor Bob manually put together each issue of the Connecticut Ancestry journal for nine full years. He delivered his master copy of each issue to the printer, collected the printed issues, stuffed them in envelopes which he had labeled from the membership list, sorted them in zip code order to achieve the best mailing rate, and delivered them to the Stamford post office.
Further, he personally contributed many articles and book reviews through his term as editor.
Bob is survived by Mary, his wife of 57 years (and an active helper in the manual tasks of mailing each journal issue), and also by sons Allan and Thomas and by two grandchildren.
Stamford - 8 Feb 2016 -- In November, 2015, Rob Locke stepped away from his leadership positions in CAS. Rob has been a stalwart of Connecticut Ancestry Society for years. He was a past president and current webmaster, membership secretary, and treasurer. He represented us at the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium where he served as chair of the Signage Committee and more recently as treasurer. After attending one of our writing workshops, Rob wrote a genealogical sketch of his Swedish great-grandfather which was published in Connecticut Ancestry’s August 2015 issue. Rob brought CAS into the 21st century in terms of our web presence. We relied on him to know what to do and to have the technical flexibility to do everything.
Rob’s talents are also recognized by his employer, Red Hat. Rob is a specialist on open source software and was recently promoted to the Design Engineer for Learning Systems (all learning, from in-person classrooms to virtual online classrooms to self-paced online learning). The time demands on him are increasing quickly. With his work in mind, Rob had to hit the Pause Button on his many CAS responsibilities in November.
He might be one person, but it will take a village to replace him here at CAS. Nora Galvin immediately stepped into his shoes to see us through the transition. We have been recruiting several new people to the board to aid in this effort to replace Rob’s talent. The volunteers in his positions will be Judy Goss, Membership Secretary; Sue Murphy, Acting Treasurer; and Barbara Mathews, Webmaster and Social Media Administrator.
The March 2016 meeting in which he will present the beginning genealogy workshop is an opportunity for us to celebrate his contribution.
Thank you, Rob. We’ll miss you and look forward to a time when you can hit the genealogical Play button again. Don’t forget to come to meetings to catch up with us.