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Joseph "Joe" F. Furia, 90 Of Lansdowne Joseph "Joe" F. Furia, 90, passed away peacefully on October 21, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Born in South Philadelphia to the late Vincenzo and Caroline (nee Stanchi) Furia. Upon graduating from Southern High School, he worked at the Navy Yard, and enlisted in the United State Army. A veteran of W.W. II, he served in Italy with the 88th Blue Devil Division and the 34th Red Bull division. He then became a police officer in Abilene TX, graduated from Gail Business College and attended Hardin Simmons University in TX. He attended several criminal justice classes and investigation schools. Over his career he received accommodations and was the recipient of the William Helms award. Upon returning to Delaware County with his wife D. Marie (Lind) Furia and he pursued his passions, his 30+ year career as a Lansdowne Police Sergeant, 60 year member of Lansdowne Fire Department, Union A. A. member, past commander of the Albert Clinton Wunderlich VFW Post, proud member of FOP Lodge 27. But his true passions were his family, taking care of his parents, helping the Lansdowne community, especially when he could recall addresses and families from year ago, telling one of his expression filled stories, giving Lansdowne kids a break and then years later running into them for a hug or a thanks "Sarge ." Often after a midnight shift, he would stop at Virginia Donuts and drop them off to Ardmore Ave. School to make sure the children had something to eat. He was the unofficial mayor of the Coral Hills area of Lansdowne. To him, his friends were family, so proud of everyone's accomplishments. Whether a rookie he mentored went onto become a chief, major, captain, detective or superintendent, he was proud to think he had a little input into their success. Proud of his Italian heritage, he was old school; he loved to fold a $5.00 bill up and place it a baby's hand for luck. Later on in life he would make pizzelles almost daily, to keep up with the demands from everyone; individually wrapping them, with their name or personal note attached. Additionally, he enjoyed all kinds of sports. He played semi-pro baseball for the South Philadelphia Rangers. A founding member of the Hoffmann Softball League, he pitched softball to the age of 62. Even at 90, he liked to show his grandson Joey, how to perfect his knuckle and "drop" pitch. He loved attending his kids' and grandkids sporting events, often telling the official his opinion. He could quote stats of the pros, minors and often kept up with the local high schools. A devout Catholic, Joe assisted in the building of the Notre Dame de Lourdes Grotto, dedicated Masses he prayed for everyone, especially children, the elderly and people in need. Always carried his rosary, and was dedicated to the Blessed Mother and Padre Pio. Joe was pre-deceased by his wife D. Marie (nee Lind) Furia and brother Vincent Furia. Survivors: Son Joseph L. (Cindy) Furia; daughters Donna M. (John) Furia-Sperone and Felicia Gallagher; grandchildren Devan, Joey, Cody and three other grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral Mass 10:30 AM Friday at St. Philomena Church, 41 E. Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne, PA. Visitation 7 to 9 PM Thursday and 9 AM Friday at Williams Lombardo Funeral Home, Baltimore & Summit Aves., Clifton Heights, PA. Entombment Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery Condolences: www.williamslombardofuneralhome.com

Published in The Daily Times on Oct. 24, 2012
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