William D. Furey, aged 90, of Winthrop passed away peacefully at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Thursday, September 3, 2020.
William served in the United States Marine Corps. from 1947 to 1951. In 1948, his platoon was deployed in Jerusalem at the American consulate as armed bodyguards. By 1951, William served as Command Sargent in the 2nd 155 Gun Battalion at Camp Lejeune until his discharge. He then married his sweetheart, Joan Oliver, and had three children. William also served as a Winthrop Police Officer before he became an inspector for the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
He was the devoted husband of the late Joan, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage, and the loving father of Sean W. Furey and his wife Deborah of North Carolina, the late Kathleen C. Nocton of Winthrop and Colin L. Furey and his wife Patricia of Winthrop. Cherished grandfather of Danielle Furey of California, Bryan Furey, Charlotte and William Nocton, Kevin, Kelley, and Kenneth Furey all of Winthrop. William was also blessed with two great grandchildren, Kathleen and Sean McGillicuddy also of Winthrop. He was the loving brother of Doris Cowart of Peabody.
In addition to serving in the military and law enforcement, William was a talented artist, musician and he always had a story to tell. A true patriot, he was actively involved in Veteran's Affairs and always enjoyed singing the national anthem at memorial services. He also gave praise to fellow men and women in uniform. William appreciated just how much they all have sacrificed for the freedom of our country.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the funeral home on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 11:30 AM. Services will conclude with military honors in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.
*Attendees must wear masks & maintain social distancing in the Funeral Home, Church and Cemetery*
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