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Norman S. Furman, retired firefighter <br> Feb. 17, 1933 -- Feb. 10, 2009

Norman S. Furman of Orchard Park, who had careers as a steelworker and a firefighter, died Feb. 10 in Erie County Medical Center. He was 75.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Furman was a 1951 graduate of East High School. He served with the Army from 1954 to 1956.

Mr. Furman worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 20 years. For a number of years, he worked simultaneously for the Buffalo Fire Department, where he attained the rank of lieutenant.

During a firefighting career spanning 33 years, Mr. Furman spent 27 years with a rescue unit and several with an engine company. A shoulder injury suffered at a Lovejoy-area fire led to his retirement in 1990.

He was a certified firefighting instructor who taught volunteers and also had worked in the city's fire alarm office and fire training bureau.

He also earned a bachelor's degree in urban studies in 1977 from Buffalo State College.

Mr. Furman volunteered for many organizations, including Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, where he worked with cystic fibrosis patients.

Survivors include his wife, the former Rose Payssa, and two sons, Richard and Jeffrey.

Mr. Furman was an organ donor.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. April 13 in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Town of Hamburg.

The service falls on Dyngus Day, a post-Easter celebration popular with people of Polish descent.

"My husband was very proud of the fact he was a Polish-American," said his wife. "I figured this would be the perfect way to memorialize him."


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