OBITUARY

Jeff Furey

June 29, 1970May 11, 2018
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FUREY, Jeff D. Peacefully surrounded by his loving family after a courageous two and half year battle with cancer, lost his hard fought battle at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, on Friday, May 11th, 2018, at the age of 47 years. Proud father of Taylor (Liam) and Jake (Hailey). Cherished son of Sue and Barry Furey. Dear grandson of Margaret Hart. Survived by his brother Kevin (Pam), and nephew Justin. Will be sadly missed by his loving friend Natalie Colbourne and her two daughters Brooklyn and Amanda. Will be fondly remembered by Lisa Goodes - Furey. Will be missed by all his family, friends and especially his fury friend Koda. His family would like to thank the staff at the Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Centre; Dr. Irish, Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Sullivan. Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West, (905-721-1234) on Thursday, May 17th from 6 – 8 p.m. and on Friday, May 18th from 12:00 noon until time of Celebration of Life in the Chapel at 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made in memory of Jeff to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Princess Margaret Hospital Head and Neck Cancer Division. As per Jeff's request, please dress casual.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, May 18, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Sandra Furey

May 18, 2018

My condolences to all of Jeff's family and friends, he will be SO missed. I love seeing all of these pictures, Jeff is a brave, kind, funny, just all-around good guy. We are all blessed to have known him. Until we all see each other again beyond this life, may he rest in peace.

Natalie Schuett

May 18, 2018

One of "my faves"....❤

Natalie Schuett

May 18, 2018

This was one of Jeff's favourite picture of him and I on his boat back in 2016. I wanted to share this as I know he loved spending time on the water and told me that he couldn't wait to be back out on his boat this year. My girls and I will miss our Jeff....he will be remembered in our hearts forever.❤❤

Brian Harper

May 16, 2018

Jeff touched many lives for the good. I’m grateful I had the chance to know him as both a co-worker and a friend and I will always remember him. We stayed in touch these past few years and like always hockey and sports was our main topic but not always ,some times we joked and other times we didnt . I just hope I helped shoulder some pain ,rest in peace my friend.

John Handley

May 15, 2018

John Handley

May 15, 2018

John Handley

May 15, 2018

We are so sorry for the loss of Jeff. He was such a great guy, a good co-worker at Gen Auto and a great friend. He put up such a fight these last few years. Our thoughts are with all of his family and friends. Here are some pictures from a boat ride Jeff took after the Poker Run on Rice Lake last September in the Outerlimits rocket.

Bethann and John Handley

John and Brenda Jeffs

May 14, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. We will always cherish our times with Jeff in and around the arena. Here is a favourite picture of the 'big kids' before a game.

Shelley Wilbur

May 13, 2018

So sorry for your loss Barry and Sue xoxo

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Jeff Furey was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

Jeff was born on June 29, 1970 at Oshawa General Hospital in Oshawa, Ontario. His parents are Barry and Sue Furey. Jeff was raised in Oshawa and was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

Growing up in the Furey household was no different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges. Jeff was raised with one younger brother, Kevin and was constantly involved in all kinds of activities with his brother. Jeff and his brother may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Jeff was always consistently loyal to his family.

As a young child, Jeff was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Jeff developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. He took part in hockey and participated in Oshawa Minor Hockey. However, what Jeff enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Jeff as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Donevan Collegiate Institute in 1989. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favourite classes and teachers. His favourite class in high school was gym and the teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Green. Jeff was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Jeff always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

Always considered to be a solid friend, Jeff was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Jeff was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Jeff to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Mike Haley, Brent Sarginson and Bobby Ganz. Later in life, he became friends with (Bash, Pindar, Ice, Jack, Brownie, Drummy) Rich Suchan, Jim Spurs, Bill King, Jim Maclean, Ian Smith and Doug Hibrant.

Jeff brought the same traditional values on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Jeff was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Jeff was blessed with two children, one daughter Taylor and one son Jacob.

Jeff greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Jeff enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Jeff was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was as a labourer. He was employed for 30 years with Gen Auto/AWC. Jeff worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Jeff liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Jeff always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favourite pursuits were going to the cottage, driving his boat, jet skiing and snowmobiling, puttering in the garage, cutting down trees and coaching hockey.

Jeff found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Jeff played hockey. Recreational sports included hockey. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were hockey, Nascar, college basketball, NCAA football, Taylor's lacrosse and Jake's hockey.

Many organizations were grateful to have Jeff as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Jeff was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, Jeff was an active member of the Clarington Minor Hockey Association.

Jeff enjoyed travelling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, travelling with Jeff appeared effortless. Favourite vacations included the cottage and Florida.

Jeff was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Jeff’s favourites was Tia, a Siberian Husky. They were best friends for 14 years. His family was rounded out by his kid's dog, Koda.

Jeff Furey passed away after fighting an extremely brave battle with cancer on May 11, 2018, at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa, Ontario. He is survived by his children Taylor and Jake, his mother Sue, father Barry, and his brother Kevin. Services were held at Oshawa Funeral Home.

Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Jeff Furey. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.

His favourite saying was LIVING THE DREAM.