Anthony G. Furgione, 93, welder, shipper, mayor

Anthony G. Furgione
Anthony G. Furgione
Posted: April 10, 2014

Anthony G. Furgione worked for the New York Shipbuilding Co. in Camden during spells when he was laid off from the Budd Co. in Philadelphia.

In those times, "he learned to weld, using a mirror," his son Gerald said.

"He was one of the few welders that was able to get in and do detail work where a man couldn't crawl in."

On Saturday, April 5, Mr. Furgione, 93, of Chesilhurst, mayor of that Camden County borough for 17 years, died at his home.

Mr. Furgione was mayor in the 1960s and 1970s, his son said. "The borough was having financial problems, some problems with municipal services," his son said, "and he decided to get involved."

Mr. Furgione grew up in the Rosedale section of Winslow Township and was president of the Class of 1939 at Hammonton High School, where he starred in baseball, basketball, and football.

"He was a guard in basketball, a shortstop in baseball, and quarterback for the football team," his son said. "Four years at each of the sports."

His favorite sport was baseball, because "it was more a finesse kind of sport."

Mr. Furgione was an aircraft radio technician in the Army Air Corps during World War II, working in ground crews in the European Theater.

He spent most of his civilian career at the Hunting Park plant of Budd, retiring in 1985.

In the shipping department, he drove forklifts to load parts for Ford Econoline vans onto transports.

"But he would be laid off and go to New York Ship and then get called back to Budd," his son said.

"I remember going to the launching of a submarine that he worked on," his son said, recalling the 1958 ceremony for the Bonefish.

"He was proud of the work he was doing," he said, and "a launching of a ship from Camden was a very big deal."

Mr. Furgione was president of the Camden County Mayors Association for a time.

At Atco Methodist Church, he held several responsibilities over the years.

The Rev. Wesley D. Hawk, pastor for the last 13 years, said that before he arrived, Mr. Furgione "was head of the trustees for a number of years."

Mr. Hawk said that "at one point, he was the Sunday school superintendent" as well as the church historian.

Besides his son, Mr. Furgione is survived by another son, Robert; a daughter, June Batz; two sisters; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A viewing was set for 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, at the Atco United Methodist Church, 2128 Atco Ave., Atco, N.J. 08004, before an 11 a.m. funeral service there, with interment in Williamstown United Methodist Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to the church at www.atcoumc.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bell-hennessy.com.


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