Louis Joseph FURLO, Sr.
1928 - 2020
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August 17, 1928-April 22, 2020 Saginaw, MI - Palm Beach, FL
It is not length of life, but depth of life, said poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. I am immensely grateful to have had both. Today, April 22, 2020, after 91 years of life, I make my way to meet my God. As I go, it is my sincere wish to express my eternal love and admiration for those who've touched me so very deeply along the way. To my parents, Pasquale and Rosaria (Cosco) Furlo, who emigrated from Italy before I was born: Your strength, courage and work ethic taught me much more than you ever knew. Thank you for instilling in me a life-sustaining faith. I'm eager to see you and my brothers, Anthony (Donna) and Ralph (Marilyn), again soon. You've all shown me how the love of family makes life worth living, and I hope I've done justice in my efforts to pass this along to our next generation of Furlos. Fino a quando ci incontriamo di nuovo. To my wife of 56 years, Veronica (Hall) Furlo: You are proof that words alone cannot express how much you love someone. Our life together has been a story for the ages where compassion, patience and a sense of humor built a home where love reigned supreme. Thank you for living a life that demonstrates what it means to be holy. I will love you forever. To my sons, Louis (Barbara) Furlo, Paul (Clare) Furlo and Christopher (Stefanie) Furlo: I'm profoundly lucky to have been your father, and even more proud. Your dedication to making our family, our business, and our communities a better place give me hope for the future. I am endlessly grateful for you and your families, the greatest gifts God ever gave me. To my grandchildren, Isabella, Alexandra, Emilia, Giuliana, Eva, Luca, Estella, Aria, Elisabetta, and John Paul: I adore you. You are so special, so talented and so loved. Being your Papa is and will continue to be an infinite blessing to me. I know you'll find happiness because I've seen how you live your lives and treat others. This is the true measure of success, and it's already yours. To my Morley Family: I started my Morley career in 1957, and was fortunate enough to earn my living doing what I loved. I wish the same for all of you. Your ceaseless spirit of service inspires me. You never give in. It has been my privilege to serve along with you, and in more recent years, to keep you all in my prayers as I witnessed your tremendous personal and professional growth. To all of my extended family, friends and special people who have lived in service to God with me: Thank you for the opportunity to learn from you. I cherish the time we spent together, especially at family celebrations, at St. Dominic in Saginaw and St. Edward in Palm Beach, and through organizations including Legatus, Field Neurosciences Institute, Citizens Bank (now Huntington), Drug Free America-Right Now and the Northwood University Board of Trustees. My beloved family and friends, I have had a wonderful life that has far exceeded all of my expectations. Thank you to all who have made it so. I have asked my family to forego any formal visitation or wake and to simply hold a Mass. It will take place as soon as the current environment allows. If you'd like to remember me with an expression of sympathy, I'd be equally humbled by a charitable donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or a random act of kindness for someone in need. May God bless you all.

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Published in Palm Beach Daily News on Apr. 26, 2020.
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April 27, 2020
Dear Veronica, Louis, Paul, Chris, & Gigi.
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your wonderful husband and father.
A heartfelt Thank you to Lou for the beautiful and generous caring legacy you leave in helping thousands of people in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
You always had a smile and a kind word.
Thank you God for lending us Lou.
Love and God bless you all.
Mike and Veronica Lazorchak
Michael Lazorchak
April 27, 2020
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Patrick Wagner
April 26, 2020
To the Furlo family,
The Rupert family would like to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Furlo. May God comfort you. God bless you all. FLY HIGH MR. FURLO
Michelle Rupert
April 26, 2020
Veronica and family
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Irish Larsen
Linda Larsen
April 26, 2020
I remember Lou especially for a situation at the airport in the bay area.The Buick staff was leaving for a meeting and I approached the gate to board. The gate attendant held me up (Some question about the ticket from Morley). I called Morley and the receptionist advised Lou was in the area and she would call him.
Shortly Lou arrived and took me to the attendant and told her " What are you doing? you are embarrassing one of our Buick Executives! (She was not aware of group ticketing) I boarded and when arriving at our hotel, checked into my room and found a fruit basket and personal note from Lou. I will never forget that.
Chuck Burns, Retired GM Service Operations
April 26, 2020
I never knew you but your self written obituary was absolutely beautiful. Well thought out and complimentary to God, Family, and Friends. May God give you a special place in heaven. I am sure you have earned it. God bless you Mr. Furlo.
April 25, 2020
Our condolences to the entire Furlough Family and the Morley Companies. We mourn your loss and send our deepest condolences.
William Keys
Country Club Cleaners
William Keys
April 25, 2020
Deep condolences to Louie's family. He was one of the most caring, generous men I've ever known. During a crisis in my life when I was unemployed in Connecticut, he had his advertising agency create for me the most amazing curriculum vitae / resume imaginable. My deepest gratitude to Louie and Veronica for all they did to help my widowed mother in Saginaw when I was 1400 miles away from her. What a blessing his gratuitous kindness and generosity was to us and everyone who knew him.
April 25, 2020
Dear Veronica and family,
We were so sad to hear Louis passed away. Our late uncle Jim Fitzgerald thought the world of Louis, you Veronica, and your whole family. He considered Louis to be one of his closest and dearest friends. I remember as kids when we came to Saginaw to spend the summers with "Unk," he would always take us to Mr. Furlo's office at Morley's to say hello. We always knew Louis meant so much to him. Also, our Mom Judy Cordingly appreciated the kindness and generosity he showed to her always, but especially after Unk passed away. She loved the baskets of fruit she received each year from Morley's and it helped her feel closer to Unk. She would say, "that's from Louis" and
it comforted her. Louis lived an amazing life and contributed so much to the lives of individuals and his community. He will be deeply missed. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jennifer Cordingly-Adams, Cathy Cordingly-Sheffield, and Kim Cordingly
Jennifer Cordingly-Adams
April 25, 2020
Our condolences to the Furlo Family, the Morley Companies staff and all those that have come to know Louis Sr. We came to know the Furlo Family through St. Peter and Paul Church and school and how important faith was to him and how he passed that love on to his family. The whole Great Lakes Bay area along with other communities have benefited greatly due to his hard work and compassion for their communities. We also know that those traits he passed on to his children and grandchildren for that We all will be forever grateful.
The Ben Gombar Family
April 25, 2020
My greatest sympathies to the Furlo family...I had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with the Furlo family during my college days. Mr and Mrs Furlo treated us all like family.. Saginaw and all that had the pleasure of knowing him know how special he was. God bless you all.
Troy Williams
April 24, 2020
Our condolences go out to the Furlo Family. We had the honor and privilege of having Louis on the FNI Board of Directors: having his sage advice, compassion for the ill and his commitment to Saginaw were such blessings. What a great friend!!!

E. Malcolm Field, Saginaw
Field Neuroscience Institute
April 24, 2020
There is no doubt that with the passing of Lou Furlo, Saginaw has lost a true benefactor who's vision consistently focused upon improving our community in all the ways essential for enriching it by making it a better place to live. His support to Saginaw's cultural & arts community was always unwavering and axiomatic to nourishing it in a manner that not only distinguishes it, but elevated its resources to a level shared by much larger cities throughout the state.

My late father, Fred Martin, Jr., always spoke highly of Lou.

Before he and my uncle Walter started construction on the Martin & Martin Law Office building (now the Public Defender's Office on Court street) they rented an office space above Lou's restaurant on N. Michigan near the court house, long before Lou navigated Morley's to the international status it enjoys today....and before I was born. I believe it was one of the first Tony's Restaurants.

Back in the 1980's, I was at some function with my parents, and Lou came over to chat with my father for a fair amount of time. After they finished, my Dad said: Son, that is what you call a true gentleman. He is one of the hardest working men I have ever known and also one of the most successful. But what makes him different from most successful businessmen, is that he never let his success get in the way or separate him from the people in this community who gave him a chance to be successful in the first place.

Those are some words that have always stuck with me.

My deepest condolences to all the members of Lou's family. I'm oddly reminded of those memorable words of L. Frank Baum in The Wizard of Oz when the Wizard says to the Tin Man: The measure of a heart is not by how much it is loved, but by how much it is loved by others.
Robert Martin
April 24, 2020
One of the true Professionals and a great human being. "Premium Cocktails" are waiting for you on the other side my friend. RIP
Larry Hice
April 24, 2020
What a great admiration I have for Mr Furlo and it was a pleasure to learn from him. My prayers go out to all the family. Thank you Mr. Furlo for all you taught me working for your company.
nancy jacqmain
April 24, 2020
Being from Saginaw I know of the Furlo family. But I never met Louis. I simply want to say how touched I was to read his beautiful testament to God and his family. What a man he must have been. My condolences to his family and all who knew him.
Mark Richardson
April 24, 2020
A great neighbor and great man. My condolences to the entire Furlo Family.
David Wright
April 24, 2020
What a beautifully written obituary for a really wonderful man. I am so very sorry for your loss, and I know you feel it deeply. Prayers to you all. Tricia Hendrick
Tricia Hendrick
April 24, 2020
His last message to his family and this community is a testament to the legacy he leaves. A beautiful tribute!
Al & Beth Thieme
April 24, 2020
Bless you and yours. As far as I'm concerned you always got it right.

Cliff Houser
Buick Motor Division
Key Advertising Agency
Cliff Houser
April 24, 2020
The lessons we learned from this man were life-changing. A remarkable leader, we gathered in his office the morning of 9/11. We were Ladies and Gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen and Never give in, never give in, never; never was our mantra. He taught us, Acres of diamonds were all around us and helped us to understand where to look. He was genuine, one of a kind and a true inspiration for all...
Trent Tomlinson
April 24, 2020
What a great man and mentor to many! A great family man, a great father, a great husband that will be missed by many. A great friend and college and a friend during very trying times at Buick, he stood by his friends. God Bless him and his family!!
April 23, 2020
Susan Pumford
April 23, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Furlo family. Know that all of us at Morley will miss him immensely. Ann-Marie Wittbrodt (Morley AC)
Ann-Marie Wittbrodt
April 23, 2020
He was always kind to me and will always have a special place in my heart. My thoughts are with everyone he touched. I have tears.
Bill Masterson
April 23, 2020
To Aunt Veronica and the boys. My deepest condolences for your loss and for the loss of my Uncle Lou. I was so blessed to have him in my life, especially these last five years. His generosity and love for family knew no bounds and it was always comforting to hear his voice, either in person or when we would speak on the telephone. I will miss him, his smile and laughter and the comfort of knowing that he always cared for and loved me.
Rosemarie (Mome) Gronowski (Furlo)
April 23, 2020
The fraternity of exemplary Christian gentleman is a select assembly. Lou Furlo was a shining member. We Richards are blessed to have known you.
Phil Richards
April 23, 2020
Veronica & family,
I am so sorry to hear about Lou. He is truly one of Saginaw's great
legends. My parents, Vit & Shirley Cortopassi, always enjoyed you guys. Hopefully, they are having a couple glasses of some wonderful Italian wine with Lou in heaven.
You all are in our thoughts & prayers.
Ann & Gary Herzler
Ann Cortopassi Herzler
April 23, 2020
We mourn the loss of this wonderful family man, business and community leader, and inspiring example to all who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing and working with him. A rare combination indeed, and you will be missed, Mr. Furlo. May you rest in eternal peace.
Jerry Chiplock
April 23, 2020
Dear Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I always remember the time shared working at Morleys and the wonderful memories. You all hold a special part in my life and heart. He will be greatly missed.
Dawn Divo Boardman
April 23, 2020
My eyes fill up with tears as I read this obituary. Mr. Furlo was definitely a special person who brought joy and love to everyone around him. I could listen to him talk for hours. It is no surprise that he wrote his own obituary and even made me feel special while I was reading it. Love you Mr. Furlo!
Staci Boynton
April 23, 2020
The Saginaw community has lost a great man...when I got out of college many years ago and had the good fortune to start my career at a large corporation, Lou and Joe Bommarito gave me tapes by Earl Nightingale called "the power of positive thinking"....I played those tapes every day for many years and still have them today.RIP you had a fantastic life.
James Clements
April 23, 2020
Veronica, Paul,Chris and Lou and families, Words are hardly enough to express how deeply saddened we are to learn of Lou's passing. We want you to be assured that you all are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Lou was a great man and a model to all of us. My time working with him on the Bank Board created such respect for his intellect and integrity and I told him often how much I appreciated his guidance and friendship. He was a tower of all that is good and will be sorely missed. Peace be with you my friends. Jim and Janis Van Tiflin
Jim Van Tiflin
April 23, 2020
If you lived long enough in Saginaw, you came to know Mr. Furlo and the Morley Brothers company on the great things he has done for our community. His philosophy of servant leadership resonated with many of us in supervisory positions. A great leader, a great family man, and a great philanthropist. The world could use more Mr. Fulo's.
Ricardo Resio
April 23, 2020
To the family and friends of Mr. Furlo my sincerest condolences. He is respected by so many and is one of those special gems that you value for it's rarity. His morning rounds at Morley are legendary but that simple gesture spoke volumes. Pure class. Good morning Mr. Furlo and thank you.
Cheryl Cronkright
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