Ocean City Today

John J. Furlow Sr

Apr 05, 2018

Fenwick Island — John J. Furlow Sr., beloved father, Pop Pop, and professor emeritus at West Chester University, passed away peacefully in his home in Fenwick Island, Delaware, on March 16, 2018.

He was an avid football and boxing coach at West Chester University where he was loved by many.

John Furlow was born Aug. 18, 1929 to John and Helen Furlow in South Philadelphia.

He graduated from Southeast Catholic High School in 1947 where he was a member of the football and swimming teams. He boxed locally and entered professional boxing under the name of Jackie Fullem.

It was through John’s associations and friendships in boxing that John was accepted to West Chester State Teachers College in 1950 where he played football under Glenn Killinger, was captain of the swimming team, and met his loving wife of 47 years, Judy Edwards.

Following college, John’s teaching career included years of service at Shaw Junior High School, Nether Providence School District, and West Chester State College/University.

During his years at West Chester, John was an assistant and head coach of football. In 1979, John began coaching the West Chester boxing team where they gained national recognition as collegiate champions.

In addition to his service at West Chester, John was also the head counselor at the Sun Oil day camp. He was inducted in to the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame in 1988 and is also a member of the Killinger Foundation Football Hall of Fame. He served as treasurer for several years for the National Collegiate Boxing Association.

Once retired, John and his wife, Judy, moved to Fenwick Island, Delaware, where he continued his love for coaching through a boxing club at Salisbury University. In addition, John was a treasured member of the Fenwick Island Lions Club where there is a scholarship in his name.

John is predeceased by his loving wife, Judy Furlow, his mother and father, and his three siblings.

He is survived by his four children, John J. Furlow Jr. (Sharon), Lisa F. Hahn (Robert), James E. Furlow (Amanda) and Dorothy F. McVeigh; his seven grandchildren, Bobby, Ricky, Luke, Lily, Jessica, Kelly and Kalin; and four great-grandchildren, Izzy, Trent, Weston and Fletcher. John is also survived by his dear friend and companion, Helen Ponton.

A viewing was held at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville, Delaware on Thursday, March 22, 2018. A graveside service was held on Friday, March 23 at Media Cemetery in Media, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Fenwick Island Lions Club, John Furlow Scholarship Fund, 37232 Lighthouse Road, Suite 109, West Fenwick Island, Delaware 19975 or to the W. Glenn Killinger Football Foundation (www.wcufoundation.org).

Condolences may be sent to www.bishophastingsfh.com.

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