LIJSL Mourns Passing of Massapequa's Frank Fergus
April 09, 2014 | by Ken Ilchuk
The Long Island Junior Soccer League mourns the passing of long time Massapequa SC and LIJSL coach and volunteer, Frank Fergus on April 7th. An Irish immigrant born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland, Mr. Fergus was a tremendous soccer lover and one of the early pioneers of the Long Island Junior Soccer League along with former league president Peter Collins. He served on the board of directors of both organizations and was the first inductee into the LIJSL Hall of Fame in 1978.
Mr. Fergus worked for Con Edison for 40 years and served in the United States Army from 1956 through 1958. But to the many who saw him give of himself on the Massapequa soccer fields, his greatest impact may have come in the role of coach.
"Mr. Fergus was my first travel coach, and in retrospect played a huge part in my falling in love with soccer,” said Jim Kilmeade, a former player in Massapequa and at Hofstra University who went on to work extensively in several roles with the LIJSL (including youth coach) and also worked as general manager of the Long Island Rough Riders during the height of their success. “He knew the game and was all about the kids. He let us play and never criticized a player, ever, and treated all of us like his own kids. We all loved playing for Mr. Fergus on his "Massapequa Dodgers Teams."
“Mr. Fergus was not only one of the most knowledgeable coaches I had, but the kindest,” added Jim’s brother Brian, another top Massapequa soccer player and coach who is now a national bestselling author and co-host of the nationally syndicated Fox & Friends on the Fox News Network. “He was my coach in intramurals and travel, and he made all of us feel special. There have been few people in youth soccer who made more of a positive impact on more kids then Frank Fergus.”
Fergus, one of eight children, was married to his wife Patricia for 53 years. He is also survived by four children; James, Maureen, John, and Michael, and grandchildren Katie and Jack.
Visitation will be held on Friday, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at James Funeral Home, 540 Broadway in Massapequa. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at St. William the Abbot RC Church, 2000 Jackson Avenue, Seaford. Interment to follow at St. Charles Cemetery, Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, New York.
The entire Long Island Junior Soccer League sends it thoughts and prayers to the Fergus family and the entire Massapequa Soccer family.