Touching tributes: Noosa mourns loss after tragic crash
Noosa residents are paying tribute to much-loved former local Roger Ferguson who lost his long battle to recover from a motorbike crash that happened in Thailand in March.
A heart attack ended hopes of Mr Ferguson’s return home to Australia after surviving months in hospital.
He is a former Noosa High student and son of local dentist Dr Brian Ferguson.
More than $25,000 was raised through GoFundMe by friend Mark Haskenkam on behalf of his sister Ruth Doyle as Mr Ferguson did not have travel insurance.
The funds have helped Mr Ferguson’s family pay for treatment of terrible injuries suffered after colliding with a Belgian tourist in Phuket.
The Sunshine Coast Daily earlier this year reported his distraught daughter Rachel Ferguson understood he suffered a brain injury and fractured several left ribs which threatened to leave him permanently disabled.
At the time Ms Ferguson said he needed around-the-clock nursing care and was on a ventilator for respiratory problems.
She said her father had been “like a kid in a candy store on his UK trip last year”.
On one Noosa Facebook site Pearly Sue posted Mr Ferguson had survived “a coma, tracheotomy and more”.
“It’s a long time since Roger grew up in Noosa but many remember him and his dad,” Pearly Sue wrote.
“His family have been touched by the caring wishes.
“He fought hard and will be sadly missed by everyone who enjoyed his hospitality, good nature and company.
“It all took its toll and sadly a heart attack has claimed him this week.
“He was unable to return to Australia, never leaving hospital. RIP Roger,” she said.