Charles D. Furey
1939-2013 PITTSFIELD Charles D. Furey, Sr., 73, of 279 Onota Street, Pittsfield, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Berkshire Medical Center.
Born in Pittsfield on November 16, 1939, a son of Christopher E. and Mary C. Pizzuto Furey, he was educated in Pittsfield schools and attended Pittsfield High School.
A veteran of the Viet Nam War, Mr. Furey first enlisted with the United States Marine Corps
on June 17, 1957. In April 1967, while his unit was evacuating casualties on Hill 881, the squad he led as a Marine Corporal came under heavy fire. He was presented with the Navy Commendation Medal with a citation which read, "His aggressive fighting spirit and calm presence of mind in the face of great personal danger were an inspiration to his men and were instrumental in the expeditious evacuation of his wounded comrades" He was awarded the Purple Heart
with a Bronze Star
, and was honorably discharged on May 15, 1969, having earned the rank of Sergeant.
He was employed by the Town of Adams and by the City of Pittsfield as a technician in their Waste Water Treatment Plants. He retired in 1990.
Mr. Furey was a past member of the Pittsfield Veterans to Foreign Wars. He remained close to his fellow Marines.
He enjoyed golfing and traveling.
Mr. Furey leaves his wife, the former Sandra Rosier, whom he married in 1991. He is also survived by a son, Charles D. Furey, Jr., of Adams; a daughter, Justina C. Furey of Adams; a brother, Michael T. Furey and his wife, Karen, of Pittsfield; two sisters, Mary L. O'Brien of Lanesborough and Ellen M. Rice of Pittsfield; as well as his former wife, Joan R. Potito of Springfield.
He was pre-deceased by a son, Michael S. Furey Potito, and three brothers, Christopher Furey, Robert Furey, and John Furey.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Charles D. Furey will be held Friday, July 12, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9:00 a.m., at St. Joseph Church celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Shershanovich, Pastor. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society in care of DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.