OBITUARY

Roger John Furness

January 3, 1942April 4, 2021
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This isn’t so much an obituary as it is a letter to the people who knew my father, Roger John Furness , Rog, Red, Big Red, The Viking, Big Red Cloud Chief, Dad, Father, Papa It is with a shattered and broken heart that I share the news of the passing of my father. His Sunrise was on 01/03/1942 to parents John Edmund and Della Spencer Furness And his Sunset was on 04/04/2021 during his sleep where he passed away peacefully at home.

My Dad would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a call, a sort of an offer you cannot refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends that he has not seen in a long time. I believe he travelled every highway known to man, and others that were not even there…. He was a trailblazer to say the least! He made his own path and invited his loved ones to travel with him at every opportunity. He had a passion for seeking out the “thrill of the ride” whether it was hang gliding, collecting antique cars, guns, motorcycles, scuba diving, boating, waterskiing, snow skiing, fishing and the list continues. He was a man with the BIGGEST heart I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, he was always there with a big bear hug and to gently wipe away those tears. My Father did everything he could for the less fortunate and saw great potential in others, he gave everyone more than one chance to prove themselves and never expected anything in return other than for them to flourish. He was there for countless hockey, basketball, football,soccer, ballet recitals, and many other special occasions in his 6 children's lives. He graduated from Highland High School class of 1960 and shortly after graduation he served in the South Australia mission. When he returned from his mission, he married his highschool sweetheart Sharron Drury on January 29th 1965, they were married for 56 glorious and adventurous years. He had a very lucrative career in the logistics community where he formed life lasting friendships. After moving several times throughout several states, they finally settled back in Salt Lake City, Utah where they raised 5 boys and 1 girl. Gregory(Monica) Furness, Jeffery Furness, Cory Furness, Tina Furness, Ryan (Leah) Furness, and Jason (Kristi) Furness, 8 grandchildren Britton, Samantha, Kaitlin, Gavin, Graham, Taeg, Quinn and Isla. Roger was preceded in death by his father, John Edmund, and his mother Della Spencer, his sister Mary and brother Edward. He is survived by his wife Sharron, and his 6 children. Numerous nephews, nieces , several cousins, aunts and uncles.

A funeral service will be held in his honor on April 16th, 2021 at 11:00am Monument Ward 1005 South 2000 East Salt Lake City, Utah Due to the pandemic, and Covid-19 funeral services will be condensed.

The family wishes to thank all the many friends that have reached out on my fathers behalf.

  • FAMILY

  • Sharon Furness, Wife
  • Gregory (Monica) Furness, Son
  • Jeffery Furness, Son
  • Cory Furness, Son
  • Tina Furness, Daughter
  • Ryan (Leah) Furness, Son
  • Jason (Kristi) Furness, Son
  • Roger is also survived by his 8 grandchildren, numerous nephews , nieces and many other family members and friends who will miss him greatly.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Gregory Furness, Pallbearer
  • Jeffery Furness, Pallbearer
  • Cory Furness, Pallbearer
  • Ryan Furness, Pallbearer
  • Jason Furness, Pallbearer
  • Britton Furness, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Gavin Furness, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Graham Furness, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Taeg Furness, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jeffery Baxter, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Family Funeral Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021

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Roger Fan

April 16, 2021

It's impossible to see an ICCC truck without thinking of Big Rog. He's certainly one of the images that pop into my head when I hear parents "coaching" and "supporting" their kids during sports.
What a great guy.

Clark Hoyt

April 16, 2021

Hard to find the words which will do Mr Furness justice. I remember the first time I saw Roger. I was just a kid and to look up to this “giant” of a man, I was in awe. That never changed. I later found out Roger & I share the same birthday, January 3rd.
One of my favorite memories of Rog is when we were at a hockey tournament up in Canada , Regina I think. As we’re skating out on the ice for the game you could look across the rink and there stood Roger, all 6’5” of him in his long, fur coat ready with “words of encouragement” as the game gets underway. We could hear his thunderous voice echo through the rink, “Pass it! Shoot! Hit him! Get two hands on your stick!” Of course the opposing parents didn’t dare say a word but, my mom sure did! She’d give the refs an earful & then the parents a little more. I’m sure on a few occasions good ‘ol Rog had to step in and calm her down before he’d have to “finish the disagreement.”
I would be remised if I didn’t convey a way to long, overdue Thank You and gratitude to Roger & Sharon for their generosity and kindness. I’m sure making it possible for me to travel with the team to our tournaments or to even play with the team. I truly appreciate your assistance to help me play the game I love. THANK YOU!!!
My heart goes out to all of you at this time of the great loss of your husband, father, grandpa & friend. So humbled. God bless you all.

Chuck Davey

April 16, 2021

Our sincere condolences to Sharon and family

Chuck and Dianne Davey
Coral Canyon, Washington City, UT

Paul Snow

April 15, 2021

Furness's, you're like a second family to me, from hockey all the tournaments over the years, hanging out in Kamas or Park City, hockey camp in Aspen, and the list goes on and on. My heart hurts for you all during this difficult time.

I'm sorry I cannot be there in person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Roger was an amazing man. He touched and helped so many people without wanting any recognition. It seems like yesterday I would go down to see my dad at ICCC (ok, let's be honest, I was asking for new hockey gear), and there was Roger always making sure I was ok.

I'm sure he's up there with my mom reminiscing about the great times we all had.

Sincerely,
Paul Snow

Tony Bailey

April 15, 2021

I haven’t seen Roger aka Red since I moved to California in 1986.
All I know was he was a true friend and I know that he will be missed.
RIP Red God Bless

Dave & Susan DeGering

April 15, 2021

So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Growing up I always looked up to Roger as he was my tall, handsome cousin. It's comforting to know that he is having a great reunion with John, Della, Mary and Eddie. Wish we could be with you for the Memorial Service, but have to work. Sending our love, sympathy and prayers to all of you.

Carl McLelland

April 14, 2021

I just wanted to mention that Roger is also survived by his dear sister, Martha Furness Smith.

James Snow

April 13, 2021

Sharron and Family,
We were deeply saddened to hear of Roger’s passing. We had so many wonderful memories: the hockey rinks, Aspen Hockey schools, Canadian trips, giving the referees a bad time, and spending holidays at hockey tournaments. Seems like yesterday, but it was so long ago.
My association did not stop with hockey and sports travel, I worked for and with Roger for the better part of 15 years. We had many journeys together. He was the best.
My heart goes out to you and the family. He left his mark and will be missed.
With deepest sympathy and understanding, we wish you peace and comfort.
Jim Snow and Family.

Brent Adamson

April 13, 2021

So sorry to hear of Rogers passing. It’s been a few years but I will never forgot the fun had with all the Furness family especially at the F.F.F. Volleyball games for what seemed like days on end, dirt biking, horse back riding, shooting skeet and the many snowmobile rides (even if the last one was a little disastrous, hey we survived right Jeff?).

I can still hear Roger yelling for his dog Jessica, filling his cooler with coke and ice and shaking his head at the number of crazy kids scattered about the house.

Love to all you guys, especially our step-mom (to hundreds of her kids friends) Sharron.

BA and Family.

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