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Family: Fisherman Died Doing What He Loved

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Reporter: Rachel Schaerr | Videographer: Jemon Haskins

Campbell Co., VA - The family remembers a Campbell County fisherman who died doing what he loved.

They say Ronald Ferguson was a strong swimmer and avid fisherman, so it seems unusual that he would drown in such a small, shallow pond.

DGIF officials say Ferguson and a relative were fishing around 9 p.m. Tuesday when their boat overturned. One of them managed to swim to shore, but Ferguson died on the scene.

Ferguson spent the last 35 years working at the Central Virginia Training Center and teaching his four sons the value of hard work.

"You can't replace this dude right here. Cause to me, he was a legend," said Joey Ferguson, his son.

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, they learned their legend was gone. They say their lives have changed forever.

"I could tell something wasn't right by the way he was answering on the phone," said Norman Ferguson, the victim's brother

Ronald Ferguson was fishing with a relative from Rustburg at a small pond on the end of Boathouse Road. DGIF officials say one of them stood up in the 14 foot boat, causing it to overturn.

"We still haven't gotten all the information of exactly what's what. We just came from the hospital and they're still holding him there."

He was a strong swimmer and even better fisherman. So, his family's waiting on an autopsy to see if a possible medical condition kept him from making it to shore.

"He's at peace. He died doing something he loved to do and I can't blame him for that," said Joe Ferguson.

"Whenever I go fishing, I'll always think about him," said Lee Showalter, the stepson.

DGIF officials say neither man was wearing a life jacket when their boat capsized.

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