Park bench to memorialize Snohomish man’s life

MONROE — A ceremony is planned at Lake Tye Park on Friday to remember a man who died here in November.

Brian Price Ferguson, 28, of Snohomish, took his own life at the park on Nov. 23, 2011.

At noon today, his family and friends plan to meet at the park to unveil a memorial bench and remember him and his life, said his mother, Pam Hardgrove, of Snohomish.

“It’s basically so he won’t be forgotten,” she said. “He was so loved.”

The family also plans to release 28 orange balloons, one for each year of his life. Orange was Ferguson’s favorite color.

Ferguson grew up in Snohomish and attended Snohomish schools.

As a young man, he enjoyed skateboarding, writing poetry and playing drums in a band with his brothers, Jack Ferguson and Jeremy Hickman.

He loved to read and kept an extensive personal library, Hardgrove said.

Ferguson also had helped with efforts to raise money for skate parks at Lake Tye and in Snohomish, she said.

In recent years, he’d attended Everett Community College and dreamed of becoming a nurse. He also was working as a forklift operator.

He left behind a wife, Shoshi Ferguson.

Brian Ferguson had struggled with depression in the months leading up to his death, she said. Still, no one expected what would happen.

“He was so close to so many people that it just really shocked everybody,” she said.

The memorial bench is made of steel and painted teal to match other benches at the park, said Mike Farrell, the city’s parks and recreation director.

Monroe allows families to dedicate memorial benches if they pay for the bench and the installation, he said.

The new bench bears a memorial plaque: “Brian Price Ferguson left this Earth here on 23 November 2011.”

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

Find help

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Volunteers of America Western Washington also offers 24-hour crisis intervention counseling at 425-258-4357.

Swedish/Edmonds Medical Center offers support groups for people who’ve lost someone to suicide. For information, call 425-640-4404.

In an emergency, call 911.

More in Local News

Mom and brother turn in suspect in Stanwood robberies

The man is suspected of robbing the same gas station twice, and apologizing to the clerk afterward.

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders apprentice Janette Alhanati (left) and journeyman Kurt Warwick construct wall panels for an upcoming boat project with Linblad Expedition Holdings. A federal grant from the Northwest Workforce Council will allow Nichols Brothers to add more apprentices to its workforce starting in January 2018.
Whidbey Island boatbuilder gets hiring boost

The grant from the Northwest Workforce Council will help expand the company’s apprenticeship program.

Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, is a suspect in the homicide of his roommate. (Edmonds Police Department)
Roommate suspected in Edmonds killing found hiding in closet

Police had been searching for him for 10 days before locating him at a house in Everett.

Young woman missing from Mukilteo found safe

She called her parents and told them she was at a museum in Seattle.

Camano Island man gets 18 years for role in drug ring

He was convicted of helping lead a drug distribution network in four Washington counties.

Lake Stevens man missing since beginning of January

Jason Michael Knox White hasn’t used his credit card or withdrawn money from his bank since then.

Navy to put filter in Coupeville’s contaminated water system

Chemicals from firefighting foam was found in the town’s drinking water.

Video shows man suspected of attacking a woman in Edmonds

The man allegedly threw her on the ground, then ran away after the she began kicking and screaming.

Everett district relents on eminent domain moving expenses

Homeowners near Bothell still must be out by April to make way for a planned new high school.

Most Read