I have shared with you throughout the years that my long time friend and business manager Sue Ferriman has been living with ALS and I am so sad to tell you that last night at 7pm after 11 years of dealing with this awful disease she passed away with her family by her side. I’m having a hard time right now putting into words what I’m feeling. I’m thankful that her suffering is over but I’m so sad.
February 17, 1952 – August 14, 2014
Known by her loved ones as Suzie, Sue, Mom, and Grandma, Susan Maria Ferriman was born Susanna Maria Kramer on February 17, 1952 to Henk and Toi Kramer in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Sue was the oldest of five siblings. She earned her diploma from Oakville Trafalgar High School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Western Ontario, where she met Brian Ferriman, who would become her husband of 42 years. Brian and Sue married in Oakville in 1972 and lived in the London, Ontario area for ten years. They raised their children Kimberley and Kevin in Mississauga, Ontario until Brian’s work with country music brought the family to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991.
Sue held the roles of bookkeeper, treasurer, and office manager during her four-decade business career, serving for 30 years as business manager for Canadian country star Michelle Wright.
She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family in her home in Brentwood, Tennessee on August 14, 2014 after an eleven-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Predeceased by her father Henric (Henk) and survived by her husband Brian; her mother Cornelia (Toi); children Kimberley Robertson and Kevin Ferriman; son-in-law Ian Robertson; grandchildren Henry and Archibald Robertson; siblings Michele Brown, Nicolette Zaslow, Mark Kramer, and Jacqueline McCarthy.
Sue’s delightful personality – her steadfast practicality, her refreshing sense of humor, and her quiet bravery – will be sorely missed by those who knew her. A memorial service for Sue will be held in Nashville in late September. Donations may be made in her name to the ALS Association Tennessee Chapter online at http://webtn.alsa.org/ or by phone at (615) 331-5556. Those who wish to help fight ALS in Canada are encouraged to make a donation in Sue’s name to https://www.als.ca/en/donate.