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Patricia Lydon Furlong Pat Furlong, of Belvedere, died September 25, 2010, after a period of declining health. A Belvedere resident for almost 50 years, Pat was born in Hollywood, California (a fact she always enjoyed), on September 18, 1925, to Thomas Nicholas and Agnes Gibbons Lydon. When she was five years old, her family moved to Sausalito, where she attended grade school at Mount Carmel Academy. Pat always felt that Sausalito was a wonderful place in which to grow up. Before the Golden Gate Bridge was built, she and her older brother, Tom Lydon, of whom she was particularly fond, would hike into the hills behind Sausalito, to the dairy at Silva's Ranch for a glass of milk, or to Tennessee Valley and the ocean. During her high school years, Pat took the train from Sausalito to Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, where she sang in the a cappella group and appeared in some of the school's musicals. At Tam High, she also made some lifelong friends who still get together regularly for lunch. She graduated from Tam High in January of 1943. At 17, she took a job as a secretary in the Engineering Department at Marinship in Sausalito. She later worked as an executive secretary at Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco; for several years, she was the executive secretary for Mr. Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr., the company's president. She enjoyed working for Mr. Bechtel very much. When she was 21, she met Donald Furlong, a Naval officer and engineer, who would become her husband for 60 wonderful years. They married on March 24, 1950, at the United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis, MD, with her mother as her attendant, and they lived for several years in the Washington, D.C., area. With Don's encouragement, Pat attended George Washington University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. Together, Pat and Don followed his Naval career to London, where they especially enjoyed Don's diplomatic posting. In London, Mrs. Furlong developed an interest in English antiques, she and Don enjoyed several trips around Europe, and they were invited to Buckingham Palace where they were presented to Queen Elizabeth - an unforgettable experience. From London, the Navy took them to the New York Naval Shipyard, and Mrs. Furlong worked in Bechtel's New York office in Manhattan. After his New York tour ended, Don retired from the Navy. Pat and Don moved to San Francisco, and, in 1962, they bought their home in Belvedere. A short time later, they were delighted to start another phase of their lives - parenthood. Their son, Tom, was born in 1965, and their daughter, Patty, was born one year later. Pat was very involved in her children's schools; she particularly enjoyed teaching a Great Books course to 7th and 8th graders at St. Hilary's School. During this time, Pat was also active in The Marin Symphony Auxiliary and the Raccoons Fundraising Branch of Marin General Hospital. Pat is a past member of The Century Club and The Francisca Club in San Francisco. She and Don also enjoyed attending the San Francisco Opera regularly for many years. Pat and Don made many wonderful friends playing tennis at The Belvedere Tennis Club and golf at The Meadow Club. They are also long-time members of The San Francisco Yacht Club. Pat and Don shared a love of travel, taking many trips together to destinations including Europe, Greece, China, India, Russia and the Middle East. Regular family trips to La Quinta, The Cloister at Sea Island, including a family trip to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, and The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, were Pat's particular favorites. Pat was predeceased by her sister, Jane Ann Parisian, and by her brother, Thomas N. Lydon, who, at the age of 20, was killed in combat in France just before the end of World War II. Pat will be remembered as an independent, intelligent, and fun-loving lady, and she will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. She is survived by her husband Don; her son, Tom Furlong, and his wife, Elizabeth Gard, of Pleasanton; her daughter, Patty Young, and her husband, Dave Young, of Belvedere; her five grandchildren, Paige and Katherine Furlong, and Tommy, Sarah and Jim Young; and seven nieces and nephews. Private services have been held.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Oct. 1 to Oct. 3, 2010
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