Daniel W. Ferry

  • Born: August 13, 1937
  • Died: February 3, 2019
  • Location: Hooksett, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Daniel W. Ferry, 81, of Hooksett, died February 3rd, 2019, at Concord Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family.

Dan and his twin brother Brownell were born in Hackensack, NJ on August 13, 1937, he was the son of Arthur and Agnes (Armstrong) Ferry.

Dan was educated in Bernardsville, NJ, graduating seventh in his high school class of 1956. He earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and moved to Boston, MA to work for Monsanto Chemical He was then called to the ministry and earned his master's degree in Theology from Episcopal Theological School Cambridge MA. He was ordained deacon in 1965 at Episcopal Cathedral, Boston, MA and a year later, priest at St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church, Quincy MA where he was a curate. Three years later Dan was called to serve as Rector of Church of Our Saviour, Milford, NH where he served until 1986. Through his 48 years in the Diocese, he served on many committees, and was especially active in peace and human rights issues, including civil rights, Viet Nam, prison concerns, sexual orientation, women's rights, and other pressing issues of the day. Dan returned to engineering at Teradyne Electronics Nashua, NH for 15 years and earned an MBA in Quality Control from Rivera College, before retiring in 2001. In retirement, he served as co-vicar in Northwood, NH and was invited by the Bishop to serve the Church of the Epiphany, Newport, NH as priest–in-charge until 2010.

Dan was a very giving and compassionate man. He was extremely active in the church and had a strong political mind. He was proud to be a Democrat, serving on the Hooksett Democratic Committee, and was an activist for social issues. He was an avid Boston sports fan and was a proud "Hokie", Virginia Tech football fan. In his spare time, Dan enjoyed fishing and spending summers in mid coast Maine and singing in the Manchester Choral Society. Above all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, step father, grandfather, brother, and friend.

Family includes his wife of 22 years, Janet C. (Quiet) Ferry of Hooksett; four sons, Bruce Ferry and wife Darcy of Concord, twin sons, Christopher Ferry of Destin, FL, Gregory Ferry and wife Julie of Hooksett, and Joshua Ferry and wife Karen of S. Portland, ME; three step children, Jeffrey Conway and wife MaryEllen of Rye, Jennifer Cassidy and husband Ryan of Seattle, WA, and John Conway and wife Rebecca of Portsmouth; twelve grandchildren, Bradley, Jillian and Anna Ferry, Samuel and Kevin Ferry, Kyle and Clive Cassidy, Kate, Owen and Ella Conway, and Max and Teddy Conway; and his twin brother Brownell Ferry and wife Mary Nell of Kennett Sq., PA. He was predeceased by both parents and his sister Jean McCready.

A Funeral Service took place on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Grace Episcopal Church, 106 Lowell St., Manchester. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics of NH in memory of Dan at https://www.firstgiving.com/event/sonh/DanFerry.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Janet so sorry for your loss. Ann

Posted by Ann Anger - Manchester, NH - Friend   March 04, 2019

So sad to learn of Dan's passing. He and his family brighten our family times in the Milford Episcopal Church. Dan also was one of several ministers that married my wife, Elaine, and I in November 1975 in Manchester By The Sea. May Dan rest in peace. We extend our sympathies to the Ferry family.

Posted by Rob and Elaine Bean - Hudson, NH - Friend   February 14, 2019

Dear Brownell and Family: Just learned from Bobbie of the loss of Dan. I am so sorry as he was always a special classmate to me all through high school and beyond. I will always remember seeing him at our 50th reunion which is the last one I was able to attend. Prayers to you and good memories. Barbara

Posted by Barbara Cascio - Aurora, CO - Classmate   February 12, 2019

We were very sad to read of Father Dan's passing. He baptized me, and I was an acolyte for him for years. He was always kind and patient with me. He even came all the way here for my father's funeral. He will be deeply missed.

Posted by Edward Millward - Lyndeborough, NH - Friend   February 09, 2019

Dear Family of Dan's: The Bernards High School Class of 1956 send our deepest sympathy to each of you. A gift will be given to the B. H. S. Library in Dan's name and he will be remembered by us with love and fond memories forever.

Posted by Bobbie Ortman-Mues - Hackettstown, NJ - Classmate   February 08, 2019

Dear Janet, we are so sorry to learn of Dan's passing. Please know we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Deepest condolences from all of our family. All our best, Bob & Jan Lenehan

Posted by bob lenehan - scotch plains, NJ - Family Friend   February 07, 2019

Dan was our priest-in-charge at Epiphany, Newport when we started attending there after moving to NH and building a house in rural NH. I remember when he came to our house for dinner one time and sat on one of our Ikea chairs (from NJ) which unexpectedly broke under him. We were aghast, but with his usual good humor, he got up unharmed and laughed it off. We will miss him - his humor, his compassion, his friendship, and fishing stories. May he rest in peace!

Posted by Johanna Young - Washington, NH - Friend   February 07, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. My husband Bill Cooper and Dan were in the same Lex Kirk's group. Dan was special to Coop. And I had the pleasure of meeting Dan when he was in Newport Nh. Such a nice man. May God give all of you the strength you need. The world will miss him, especially now when the need for kind folk is so great. Jane Cooper

Posted by jane cooper - londonderry, NH - Acquaintance   February 07, 2019

No words can make the grief any less but know that our family is sending you prayers of comfort and grace. May you find peace knowing that Dan will be forever in your lives as you remeber him.

God bless and be with you,
The Serafin family

Posted by Maryann Serafin - Manchester, NH - Acquaintance   February 06, 2019


I was saddened to hear of Dan's death. He possessed a great ecumenical spirit. The church and the people of God owe Dan a prayer of thanks. Father Paul D Montminy (St Patrick in Milford, NH 1985-1989)

Posted by Paul Montminy - Nashua, NH - Friend   February 06, 2019

Dan, May you Rest in Peace....... Your clergy colleague and fellow ETS grad. from the North Country.

Bren Whittaker, Brunswick VT.

Posted by The Rev Brendan Whittaker - Brunswick, VT - Classmate   February 06, 2019


Chris, Greg, Bruce and Josh--thinking of you at this difficult time.
Keep your friends, family, and memories close to your heart!
Karlene (McGettigan) Lowkes

Posted by Karlene (McGettigan) Lowkes - East Brookfield, MA - Neighbor   February 06, 2019

Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your Dad. It is difficult to lose a parent but your memories are many and happy! Love, Jackie Reycroft

Posted by Jackie Reycroft - Brewster, MA - friend   February 05, 2019

Dan was a strong part of the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement whom I and the church will miss greatly!

Posted by James McKim - Goffstown, NH - Friend   February 05, 2019


Janet and family,

We are so sorry to learn of Dan's death. We will miss him greatly - his smile, his hugs at the kiss of peace at Grace Church, his company on the Walk against hunger for New Horizons, his presence among us. Our most sincere condolences and prayers from Ft. Myers Beach, FL.

Posted by Catherine-Ann and John P. Day - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   February 05, 2019

Janet and family,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I always recived the impression you were a. very close knit family with lots of love to share. I'm sure Dan will be greatly missed.

Posted by Monique Shea - Merrimack, NH - Friend   February 05, 2019

Janet & family, so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by alice syrek - MANCHESTER, NH - Friend   February 05, 2019


Rev. Dan Ferry was a wonderful Friend to all when he was a minister at Church of Our Saviour in Milford NH many years ago. He was especially loved by Harlond & Margaret Perry and children. His loving smile and friendship will be missed. Deepest sympathy thoughts to his wife and family. Margaret Perry

Posted by Margaret Perry - Concord, NH - Friend   February 04, 2019

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