Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00
Richard Furlong, 82, of Spring Hill, Florida and Becket, Massachusetts, formerly of Manhasset, passed away on April 15, 2011, at home and in peace with his loving wife of 53 years, Elissa, by his side. A memorial service in his memory will be celebrated at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Manhasset on Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m.
Dick was born in Rockville Centre and lived with his wife, Elissa, in Manhasset for more than 40 years. He was a Korean War era veteran, serving as a second lieutenant in Japan. In 1956, Dick began a legal career, which spanned more than 35 years and included an appointment as a judge of the Nassau County District Court in the mid 1970s.
His proudest achievement was raising, with Elissa, their seven children: Richard, Brian (Terry), John (Mary), Douglas (Beth), Mary (Greg), Cynthia and Joseph (Angela). He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and a great-grandson, as well as his sister, Mary McGuire, and his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marilyn Furlong. Dick’s lifelong passion was history and current events, particularly those involving politics. A true bibliophile, he possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of World War II and all aspects of the American experience. Dick loved being tested on his knowledge of history by his children. Dinner with his family was like being on Jeopardy. When not reading, Dick could be found on the golf course, traveling, or spending countless hours serving the poor and the marginalized at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul charity.
Dick’s final journey home began with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease several years ago. Even as the disease progressed, he never lost his grace, courage and an ever-present sense of humor. Dick will be missed and forever loved.
In celebration of Dick’s legacy, donations can be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (www.scvdpusa.Org). A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church in Spring Hill, FL on April 19.