11/6/2018 – Harris (Skip) R. Furman, Cape Vincent

There will be a Celebration of Life for Mr. Harris (Skip) R. Furman, who died Saturday at his residence, on Saturday, November 10th, at Cape Vincent American Legion starting at 4pm.

Skip was born August 27th, 1940, in Rochester, the son of Harris and Lilian Loughwed Furman Sr. He graduated from Palmyra High School.

His first wife, Maryella, died during childbirth.

On June 6th, 1968, he married Mary Ann Jarim in Oswego. Mary Ann died July 12th, 2018, in Virginia Beach.

He was honorably discharged from the United States Army on December 14th, 1962.

Skip worked at the local Carpenters Union #278 in Watertown, which is now Local #277 in Syracuse.

He was a member of the Cape Vincent American Legion, the National Rifle Association, and Ducks Unlimited.

Skip was an avid sportsman, and enjoyed Deer, Goose, and Duck hunting, loved fishing, and especially doing woodworking at his home.

Surviving are two sons, Peter (Tara) of Virginia Beach, and William (Bill) of Tampa, Florida; one daughter, Heather Smeatin of Canandaigua; and six grandchildren, April, Ben, Kendyl, Austin, and twins, Connor and Camryn.

One daughter, Annette Furman, died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Cape Vincent American Legion



  1. John & Tami Mason Posted

    Our dear friend, you will be missed.
    John, Tami & Sam

  2. Randy & Cindy Lawrence Posted

    Pete and Bill;
    Your father was one of my dearest friends. We had many good hunts and lots of stories to tell. He was proud of his boys and told me that many times. I will miss him a lot as will many in the Cape Vincent area.

  3. Michael Grant Posted

    Pete and Bill:
    We have all lost a “Gentle Giant” and a good friend. We shall forever miss his friendly wave and his big smile that he shared with one and all. Whenever we were outside and he drove by, he would always wave and knob a friendly hello!! He even stopped once in a while just to say hello and a friendly visit. Skip was a good man and a good friend that will be dearly missed by so many. Your dad was a good man and someone you can always remember with love in your hearts and, last but not least, “a smile on your face”. May you both find peace in your lives in the loss of your father – “The Gentle Giant”. Take care Skip and rest in peace – you have earned it!

    Mr. & Mrs. Michael W. Grant (and Keith & Shane)

  4. David bonney Posted

    Pete and Bill, I and many others have lost a great friend in the passing of your Dad. We shared many a great time together and I have lost count of the times when he came to my rescue when something would not pump, run was stuck or something else I broke. No matter what time of day or night he was always there to help me and many others. We could all take a lesson on what it means to be a great neighbor by his example. Rest in peace my good friend.

  5. Bob Harrold Posted

    Skip, was a unique man with little faults and great pride in his work and family, we enjoyed each other’s company and had some unique sails on Lake Ontario in the 60’s on the 8 meter yacht Thisbee. Some great hunts and stories. And most of all a great brother-in-law. Thanks for the wonderful memories.
    Bob Harrold

  6. Steve Howard Posted

    RIP Skip, you were a good friend, a good workman, someone that Barb and I had many good times with. Never heard you say a bad word about anyone. Our times i my shop in Oswego were special and we had lost of laughs while we worked on may projects together. Thanks for the good memories.
    Steve & Barb Howard

  7. John Mantaro Posted

    Had many good times with your Dad & Mom before they married. Had many good times after they married. He put in our kitchen cabinets (still there after 40 years) and sanded our upstairs floors. We will never forget them. Good luck to you Peter, Bill & Heather..
    John & Kathy Mantaro

  8. Monica Waters Posted

    My husband, Ron Waters, who passed away 4 yrs. ago Christmas Eve. was a friend of Skip’s and they worked together in the Carpenter’s Union 747 when he was in Oswego. I remember back in the early 70’s, him coming to our house a few times. He use to get a laugh watching my daughter trying to catch butterflies with her net. I am so sorry for what you are all going thru. My heart goes out to you.

  9. Scott Griffin Posted

    Pete and Bill,
    We are so sorry to read of Skip’s passing. I have nothing but fond memories of him from the years we shared growing up and enjoyed the various excursions that I got to partake with you guys way back when.
    He was always a steady presence, could keep us in-line with just a look, but had sly and infectious sense of humor. I’ll never forget visiting the farm up in Cape Vincent when your chocolate lab had pups, and he had them out in the yard behind the garage; one of them leaped in the air to soft mouth a low flying sparrow. He promptly grabbed the puppy, slapped a brush with orange paint and marked the pup’s backside to identify as the pick of the litter.
    He was great carpenter and he became friends with my Uncle Bill as he hired Skip over a period of several years to make improvements with their camp on Mud Bay.
    I know this must be a tough year for you and your families and our thoughts go out to you.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Scott Griffin & Family

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