William Ramsay Ferris, Sr., retired surveyor/civil engineer; decorated P-40 pilot who served in the 7th Squadron of the 49th Fighter Group, Pacific Theater, during WWII; and beloved husband and patriarch, died Friday, July 3, 2015, in Annapolis, MD, two months before his 95th birthday. Born in Greenwood Lake, NY in 1920, he lived most of his life in California. He graduated from Governor Dummer Academy, MA, and attended both The Citadel and Stanford University. An avid story teller, woodworker, sailor and reader, he was very active in the lives of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as his church and community. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years Mary Robb Ferris of Annapolis and his four children–Bill Jr. and wife Donna of San Jose, CA; Caroline Hall of Arlington, VA; Robert and wife Carlene of Eugene, OR; Mary Siebert and husband Rob of Davidsonville, MD–7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren as well as his sister Anne Starace of Putnam Valley, NY, and his brother Pat Ferris and wife Vikky of Georgetown, SC. Bill’s life will be celebrated on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 1:30-4:30 pm at Baywoods. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Governor’s Academy, Byfield, MA or Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Grass Valley, CA.
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