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George Brown Furman, III

October 24, 1947 October 29, 2014
George Brown Furman, III
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St. Albans - George Brown Furman III, born October 24, 1947, passed away October 29, 2014, after an extended and courageous battle against cancer. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Robert Brooke Furman of Kensington, Maryland and Eva Jane Brown Furman of Asheville, North Carolina. He spent his formative years in Dayton, Ohio and Roanoke, Virginia, graduating from Roanoke Catholic High School in 1965. He received a BS in Mathematics from North Carolina State University while working through college. George began his 39+ year career with JC Penney Co. in 1968, starting in the stock room. Along the way, he made many friends in North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, and St. Albans, Vermont where he retired in 2007 as store manager. In spite of his long career, George did not want to be known for his occupation: that was his job, but not who he was. He was a man of great faith who was a devoted father, husband and friend. The Great Commandment to love God and his neighbor was written on his heart, a commandment he practiced every day with his wife Connie. One life-purpose was to raise children who were successful in the eyes of God, to be kind and generous, thinking of others before themselves. He set an example for others to follow. In his early experience as an hourly employee, the managers always took the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays off. When he became a manager, he worked the holidays, often getting his children to help out, so that more of his employees could be home with their families. He spread his philosophy to everyone with whom he came in contact. He loved to talk and to listen. A man of tender compassion, George was a confidant and mentor to many along the way. He did not want much nor need much from this material world. He once asked God not to give him too much because he was a selfish person, to save all the best things for the next life. Yet, he felt himself immeasurably blessed with family and friends as he stored up his treasure in heaven. He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Albans and a faithful practitioner of perpetual adoration, rising in the early dark hours on Thursday mornings to dedicate an hour to God. He led a balanced life of humor and prayer. He was a notorious and mischievous practical joker. Beginning in his early years, his siblings received most of his ‘focused consideration’ as he honed his skills. Later, his wife, children, friends and even his employees were subject to his attentions as he polished his craft. He often received as well as he gave. George was a hugger, a dispenser of kindness and love. He gave his time, his attention, and himself to others with no regard to cost. He was once recognized by the governor of Vermont for helping to reintegrate marginalized members of the community back into society by employing them in his store. A man of deep humility, he did not feel comfortable receiving recognition for “just doing the right thing.” After all, to receive his reward on earth was to rob him of it in heaven. “Pop deserved a cape,” his daughter said. He was a superhero to those fortunate enough to know him. His wife and children, friends and family that knew him, can recite his mantra of a good life: “have a kind and giving heart and do a little bit of good each day.” George was preceded in death by his older brother Robert B. Furman Jr. of Castle Hayne, NC. He is survived by his wife Emma Constance Matthews Furman and his children, Paul H. and Anna Furman of Newnan, GA, Marc L. Furman of St. Albans, VT, Lisa J. Furman of Flat Top, WV and Dominic G. and Amanda Furman of Durham, NC; his grandson Jacob Furman, currently serving his country Europe; his siblings and in-laws Cecilia Furman of Castle Hayne, NC, Margret L. Carswell of San Antonio, TX, Richard L. and Irene Furman of Blacksburg, VA, Michael D. and Jennifer Furman of London, UK, William W. and Karen Furman of Kennisaw, GA. A Memorial Mass will be held in Holy Angels Catholic Church, 245 Lake Street, St Albans, VT on Monday, November 3, 2014, at 10:00 AM with a reception to follow in the parish hall. A funeral mass and interment is planned for May 2015 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh with a gathering of family and friends. Flowers may be sent by contacting Howard’s the Flower Shop in St. Albans (802) 524-5715. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Franklin-Grand Isle United Way, 48 Lower Newton Street, St. Albans, VT 05478 or www.fgiunitedway.org, a favorite charity of George and Connie. Messages of condolence to the Furman family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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A Mass of Christian Burial

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3

Nov

10:00 AM 11/3/2014 10:00:00 AM
Holy Angels Catholic Church

245 Lake Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Holy Angels Catholic Church
245 Lake Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States
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