Lady Cathy Ferguson, the spouse of the former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, has sadly passed away.
This news was officially confirmed by the Ferguson family in a statement released on Friday afternoon.
In their statement, they expressed deep sadness and confirmed Lady Cathy Ferguson’s passing, highlighting that she is survived by her husband, three sons, two sisters, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
The family has kindly requested privacy during this difficult time.
Lady Cathy peacefully passed away on Thursday morning at their residence in Cheshire.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who is now 81 years old, first crossed paths with Lady Cathy back in 1964 when they were both employed at a typewriter factory.
Two years later, in 1966, they tied the knot.
When he announced his retirement in 2013, Sir Alex paid tribute to his wife, Cathy, saying, “My wife Cathy has been the cornerstone of my career, providing stability and encouragement.
Words cannot adequately express what she has meant to me.”
In 2002, Lady Cathy played a pivotal role in convincing him to reconsider his retirement plans.
He went on to manage the club for an additional 11 years before eventually stepping down after the passing of Lady Cathy’s sister.
In a documentary titled “Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In,” released in 2021, Cathy shared a sweet memory of their first date, where Sir Alex took her to the cinema.
She recalled, “He bought me a box of liquorice allsorts at the movies, of which he ate all of them, and a local paper when we came out.
That was my romantic day.
We got married in the Glasgow registry office in 1966, and that was the beginning.
I went to my work, and he went to his football game.”
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Manchester United also issued a statement, extending their heartfelt condolences to Sir Alex Ferguson and his family on the loss of Lady Cathy.
They described her as a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother who had been a pillar of strength throughout Sir Alex’s illustrious career.