A Book of Remembrance

David

David Ferguson

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of David Ferguson, former NES Board Secretary, on Thursday 19th November 2020 after a sudden illness. Our deep condolences are with David’s family and friends, including the many NES staff he worked with.

David retired at the end of 2019 after a long NHS career which began in the early 1980s when he joined one of NES’s predecessor bodies, the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland. David was NES’s Board Secretary from the organisation’s creation in 2002 until his retirement last year. David’s quiet professionalism, calm approach and wealth of knowledge played a key role in establishing the NES we know today. He will be very much missed.

We have set up this online book of condolence to allow staff to share their memories of and tributes to David so we can pass these onto his wife Margaret, who many of you also know from her time with NES, and his children Amy, Jamie and Annika and their families.

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Lynnette Grieve

Dear Margaret and family, I was so saddened to hear of David’s passing.  A true gentleman who will be sorely missed by all who knew him.   I loved David’s zest for life and his passion for Hibs football team and live music, as well as of course his love for his family which always …

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Franki King

David was so kind and patient with me when I joined NDS, really taking the time to explain so much of the work he was involved in, and giving me invaluable context to NES and the Board. He was so patient with everyone in NDS while we scrambled to establish ourselves and a governance …

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Tom & Grace Power

To Margaret and family, we were deeply saddened to hear of David’s passing. Both of us have very fond memories of David as such a warm, friendly and supportive colleague, and enjoyed our time with him socially – through five a sides and work outings – very much. We hope that you will find …

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Ann Rae

What a lovely gentle and caring guy who will be missed by so many colleagues. Thinking of you Margaret. Love Ann x  …

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Joy Harvey

To Margaret & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. David was such a great guy with a heart of gold. We shared many a hibs story together and he will forever be in my thoughts. Sending love to you all. Take care, Joy x …

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Maggie Grundy

Dear Margaret,  So very sorry to learn about David’s sudden and untimely passing.  He was a true gentleman.  My deepest condolences to you and your family.  My thoughts are with you at this sad and difficult time.   …

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Karen and Simon

Margaret, our thoughts are with you and your family at this terrible time. David was a lovely, thoughtful, man, someone who brightened the office and the lives of those he met. It was always a pleasure to chat with him about music and football, and also to bump into him outside work, invariably at …

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Ruth Shearer

i couldn’t believe what I was reading, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a true gentleman….thinking of you all. …

Ruth Shearer

Eleanor Humphreys

Dearest Margaret and Family, Wishing you strength for today and during this sad time. Our thoughts are with you. From Eleanor and family. …

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Jenn Allison

David was a true gentleman. He warmly welcomed me to NES and to the Board Services team in 2016. As well as an ever helpful and supportive colleague and line manager, he was a very dear pal and I always enjoyed his company. We had a lot in common, in particular a love of …

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Elaine Lawther

Margaret, I was so sorry to hear the news.  David was a very special human being and was loved by us all.  Whether it was in the office or sitting with him at Ainsley Park to watch the Hibs Women win again, he was great company and warmed every space he was in. My …

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Chris Duffy

I first met David through the NES 5-a-side football and I was immediately impressed with his physicality, skill and competitive approach on the pitch.  In January this year I joined the Board Services Team and in the weeks running up to David’s reitrement in 2019 we had regular informal meetings to discuss the work …

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Margo Todd

Dear Margaret, I will always have fond memories of David. My thoughts are with you and the family in this difficult time. Margo …

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Graham Paxton

To Margaret and all of David’s family I am so sorry for your loss.  I often met David in the coffee area on floor 3, and was always left in a brighter place after every conversation (usually laughing).  Kind, thoughtful, intelligent, funny, professional, one of the nicest people I have known.  Take care of yourselves at this …

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Kenny McLean

Genuinely David was one of the nicest men I’ve ever met. My deepest sympathies to Margaret and family.  …

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David Felix

Dear Margaret and Family I was greatly saddened to hear the news of David’s sudden and unexpected passing.  David was an excellent colleague who was always willing to give up his time to help all those who worked with him.  My sincere condolences.  You will be in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult …

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Rob Farley

David:  quiet professionalism, steady and competent. He was an example to those who worked with him and a first rate ambassador for the wider NHS team. …

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Ian Staples

I was so shocked and sad to hear of David’s passing. We followed each other on Facebook, having first met at NES when I joined in 2006. On Facebook, there was hardly a day went by without a post from David about a band or a gig or his beloved Hibs. So  although we …

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Tracey Cruickshank

I will always remember David’s music reviews, he was very knowledgeable and his descriptions brought the concerts to life. Hoping he is listening to some great tunes now. Sending best wishes to David’s family at this difficult time. …

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Karen Howe

David was such a kind and friendly man and was taken far too soon.  Heartfelt condolences for your loss.   …

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