Retired Boston Police Officer
James E. Furlong, a 40-year resident of Revere, formerly of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Nursing Home in Roslindale. He was 97 years old.
James was born in Boston on Oct. 11, 1921, a son of the late Thomas Furlong and Bridget (Fortune) Furlong. He grew up in Charlestown where he was educated at St. Francis De Sales Parochial School and graduated from Charlestown High School. He entered the U.S. Navy on Dec. 18, 1941, and served his country with honor and courage during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 3, 1947, with the rank of Storekeeper First Class.
James joined the Boston Police Department in 1949 and was assigned to several different areas throughout the city. He retired in 1987 following 38 years of dedicated service to the City of Boston. He was a member and past president of The Old Charleston Schoolboys Association, Bunker Hill Council #62 Knights of Columbus, Revere V.F.W. Post and Revere Elks. He was very active in City of Revere civic organizations for many years and also enjoyed playing golf and cards.
James was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy M. (McFadden) Furlong, the devoted father of Donna Burke and her late husband, Thomas, David Furlong and his wife, Barbara, Debra Furlong and her husband, Joseph Rock, Denise Furlong and her husband, Dana Levy, Doreen Rizzo and her husband, Dave and the late Diane Furlong; the loving grampy to nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and the beloved brother of the late Ann Keenan, Walter Furlong, Lester Furlong, Thomas Furlong, Marion Furlong, Nicholas Furlong, Agnes O’Neil and William Furlong. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by The Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. In lieu of flowers, kindly make memorial donations in Sam’s name to The Boston Police Foundation; bostonpolicefoundation.org