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Fr. J. Barry Furey, pastor of Our Lady of Assumption parish, Farifield, dies suddenly
| June 28, 2012
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FAIRFIELD - FR. J. Barry Furey passed away suddenly of a heart attack yesterday (Wednesday June 27), while starting a vacation in New Jersey. He was 67.

“The news comes as a great shock and loss to his brother priests, Our Lady of Assumption Parish, and to the entire diocese,” said Msgr. Jerald Doyle, diocesan administrator.


Father Furey will be received on Monday at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield and will lie in state until the Parish Mass at 7 p.m., celebrated by Rev. Joseph Sidera, C.S.C., the homilist will be Deacon Roland Blier. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Jerald Doyle, J.C.D.

Interment will follow in the priest¹s circle at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers contribution may be made in Father¹s memory to Our Lady of the Assumption School Angel Aid Scholarship Fund, 605 Stratfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06825. Arrangements by the Redgate ­ Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull.

Read a Tribute to Fr. Furey from St. Thomas More in Darien

“Fr. Furey was beloved by many for his natural affability, his kindness,  and his love for the life of the priest. He radiated a sense of joy and happiness in his vocation and a deep faithfulness that touched the lives of so many of the people he ministered to in his various assignments.”

Fr. Furey was a musician gifted with a beautiful singing voice and was known to n broke into song to deliver his homily.

He was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Assumption by Bishop Lori on February 1, 2011 after serving as pastor of St. Thomas More parish in Darien for 13 years. Prior to that he was pastor at St. Andrew Parish in Bridgeport from 1989-98. During that time he also served as chaplain to the Bridgeport Fire Department.

"I feel almost like I'm going home. I'll be going back to an area I know well, and it's a good fit. I'm delighted to follow in the footsteps of such a wonderful priest as Msgr. Gintoli, whom I've been privileged to call a friend since 1965. I'm also excited about meeting the wonderful families and working with the school children who represent our future," Fr. Furey said last year when he took over at Assumption.

A native of Trenton, NJ, Fr. Furey did his early schooling at Immaculate Heart Grammar School in Baltimore, MD, St. Paul's School in Ramsey, NJ, and Don Bosco Preparatory School, South Orange, NJ. He studied at Seton Hall Divinity School in South Orange, and is an alumnus of St. Francis Seminary Loreto, PA.

Fr. Furey was ordained in 1971 at St. Augustine Cathedral by Bishop Walter W. Curtis. In the past, he has served as parochial vicar of St. Jerome Parish in Norwalk; St. Catherine of Sienna Parish, Nichols; St. Joseph Parish, Brookfield; and Sacred Heart parish in Stamford. He was also a temporary administrator at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Wilton and St. Jerome.

During his 13-year tenure at St. Thomas More, Fr. Furey made a number of successful innovations, including the popular Children's mass. Under Fr. Furey's leadership, the parish also expanded its social service programs to the community by supporting area soup kitchens, continuing the building project in Appalachia, and reaching out the the elderly and poor through various projects.

He served as a member of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council, as a diocesan consultor from 1981-83, and as a member of the Clergy Personnel committee from 2002-07. In the past, he served as co-host of a weekly television program, "Good News Magazine," produced in association with Cablevision of Connecticut.

Survivors include his brother James P. Furey and wife Cecilia and their children Colin and Kaitlyn Furey of Anaheim, CA, cousins Patricia McGarvey of Englewood, CO, and Helen Driscoll of Philadelphia, PA, and his beloved dog Gavin.

Father Furey will be received on Monday at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield and will lie in state until the Parish Mass at 7 p.m., celebrated by Rev. Joseph Sidera, C.S.C., the homilist will be Deacon Roland Blier. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Jerald Doyle, J.C.D.

Interment will follow in the priest¹s circle at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers contribution may be made in Father¹s memory to Our Lady of the Assumption School Angel Aid Scholarship Fund, 605 Stratfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06825. Arrangements by the Redgate ­ Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull.