SARATOGA SPRINGS – Robert J. Furman, 68, completed his earthly sojourn on June 6, 2018.
Bob was the son of the late John and Irene Furman and is survived by his sisters Carol A. Furman of Delmar, NY and Sister Janet K. Furman, CSJ, based in Latham, NY and currently stationed in Camarillo, CA; his niece, Deborah I. Ungerer (Matt) of Delmar, nephew Anthony J. Umina of Saratoga Springs and several cousins.
After graduating Salutatorian from St. Peter’s Academy, Class of 1968, Bob obtained his Civil Engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. He worked for both New York State and California departments of transportation as a civil engineer and held city engineering positions in Santa Barbara, CA and Saratoga Springs. In Bob’s free time, he travelled through 49 states, many in his blue VW bug.
Bob’s creatively-penned cartoon sketches of normal everyday events that happened with friends as well as his annual anticipated Christmas card will continue to bring smiles to those he loved and cared for. His wanderlust for travelling the Hudson River in a homemade rowboat to NYC at age 15, then to Canada the next year and at age 66, covering the gap from Schuylerville to the Port of Albany with his friend Bill Armstrong will continue to motivate all ages to have a dream and persevere.
His solo bicycle trip from the Pacific coast of California to the Atlantic coast of Massachusetts inspires us to have faith and confidence in our abilities. Bob will be remembered for his zany, wry sense of humor, his love and appreciation of nature, his long walks and bike rides through town and his talent and skill in playing pool.
Friends are invited to gather at 10 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2018 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518-584-5373). A memorial service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon reception.
In lieu of flowers, please consider taking a walk in the woods, calling a friend, donating to Sustainable Saratoga, PO Box 454, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to a charity of your choice.
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.