MAMARONECK, N.Y. Town officials, friends and former co-workers of the late Mamaroneck Village Engineer Keith Furey gathered Monday evening to dedicate a bench in his honor.
The bench, donated by former village zoning board member George Mrgditician, was placed in front of the village court room.
He was a guy you could always count on, said Bob Galvin, a former chairman of the planning board. Galvin also remembered Furey as a helpful and well-rounded person.
The group gathered around the bench, and each person said something they remembered most about Furey. He was remembered for the work he did to help Mamaronecks flood zones, his straightforward attitude and his booming laugh.
Keith was instrumental in getting things done, said Village Manager Richard Slingerland. I will miss him personally and professionally.
Furey began working for the village almost immediately after college as a junior engineer. He then worked as a private consultant for years before returning to the village as an engineer consultant and village engineer.
He was a great guy and engineer, said draftsman Dennis Cucinella, who worked with Furey many times. Any comments he had were constructive. He made it easy to take his constructive criticism.
Mayor Norman Rosenblum remembered Furey for his ability to talk to people. His greatest gift was his ability to take engineer work and communicate it to people, Rosenblum said. He could make anybody understand him.
Furey died in June 2011 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was also involved in the Boy Scouts and was a swimming coach.
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