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Frank Lawrence Furniss


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Frank Lawrence Furniss Obituary
May 17, 1926 - November 25, 2016
"Uncle Bud"
Frank was born in Hopland, California on May 17, 1926, the child of Edna and Frank Furniss. "Bud," as he quickly came to be known, spent his early years primarily in Hopland, Fort Bragg, and eventually graduated high school in San Rafael. As a youth, among other things, he and his friends enjoyed putting on plays and musicals, charging the other neighborhood children a nickel to attend.
In 1944, during World War II, Bud joined the Navy where he was trained as an aviation radio man and, as a Seaman First Class he beached seaplanes on Gould Island, Rhode Island. Upon leaving the Navy, Bud used funds from his GI Bill and enrolled in the Pasadena Playhouse spending 2 years going through the program in acting and production, graduating in 1949. In 1955, Bud joined the Pacific Telephone Company after a variety of sales jobs and enjoyed a long and fulfilling career selling ads for the Yellow pages in Los Angeles. Bud always loved working with and meeting new people. He retired from the Yellow Pages in 1981 at the age of 55. In the following years, Bud always took extensive time off for the holidays to spend time with family in Northern California, where his sister and brother lived. He loved to help with all the cooking, and was a family favorite that everyone loved having around. He was always very youthful, quick with a joke, and he was a willing ear to anyone that needed one.
After retiring, Bud, ever the independent one, spent time enjoying himself, traveling with family and friends, and was very involved with the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood in Los Angeles. Any time friends and family were visiting or staying in L.A. they could always find a nice friendly place to stay with Bud. He was always the center of fun enjoying a beer or a margarita while listening to music and playing a game of pool or cards. Always extremely generous with his time and money, most of the rounds of beer were on Bud. He lived life large and certainly enjoyed himself along the way.
After moving to Chico for the final years of his life, Bud continued to enjoy church, family, and friends, and was always a beacon of light and fun for all. He died in the early hours on 11/25/2016 of stroke related complications in Chico. His nephews Bill, John, and Paul Hopkins, to whom "Uncle Bud" was like an older 4th brother, were with him during his final days at the hospital by his side.
Bud was predeceased by his mother Edna Williams, his father Frank Furniss, and his father-in-law Alvin Williams, along with his brother and sister, Richard Williams and Beatrice Hopkins. He is survived by his brother-in-law Donald Hopkins, nine nieces and nephews, Bill, John, and Paul Hopkins, and Mark, Scott, Chris, Karen, Craig, and Curt Williams, along with John Hopkins' children Chase, Annabelle, and Madison.
A few final thoughts showcasing the way Bud was revered throughout his life were exemplified by the caretakers from his final home, Prestige Assisted Living in Chico: "Bud was one of a kind and a very special man. Even on a bad day, he always had a way of making me feel pretty. How lucky you are to have had him as your Uncle your whole life...thank you so much for allowing us to care for Bud. It was truly an honor and he enriched our community tremendously. He is the most classy and dashing man I have ever had the pleasure to meet and was always a gentleman. We are going to miss him deeply."
Bud will truly be missed. He was, quite simply, everyone's favorite.
There will be a graveside gathering at the Hopland Cemetery for those interested in attending on December 23rd. It will be a late morning gathering with an informal get together afterwards. Questions or comments can be emailed to John Hopkins at [email protected] or call him at (530) 570-8946.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 1 to Dec. 11, 2016
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