Margaret Furbush, 87: Love of sports, family ran deep

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Margaret (“Peggy”) Furbush, 87, a lifelong resident of Cash Corner, died Jan. 13 at Mercy Hospital, surrounded by her family.

She was born June 1, 1927, in Portland, the daughter of Margaret (Hackett) Fitzpatrick and James J. Fitzpatrick, the Portland High School coach for whom Fitzpatrick Stadium and the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy are named.

Furbush was a sports enthusiast like her father, and captained the girls’ basketball team at South Portland High School, from which she graduated in 1945. Later, before her marriage, she worked at the Porteous, Mitchell & Braun department store in downtown Portland. 

A warm, compassionate person who brought out the best in others, she took pride in the athletic achievements of her family. She happily attended any game in which her children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren participated. In recent years, she never missed a chance to watch televised games of her grandson Charlie pitching for the Seattle Mariners.

Throughout her adult life, Furbush enjoyed candlepin bowling at the Big 20 Bowling Center in Scarborough. She also enjoyed summering at Jordan’s Beach, watching musical theater, and reading popular fiction.

She was an active communicant of the former St. John the Evangelist Church, serving for decades on its Women’s Council and singing in the choir.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Ralph M. Furbush, and her brother, James J. Fitzpatrick Jr.

She is survived by her children, Ann Harradon and husband, Bob, Craig Furbush, Mark Furbush, and Peggy Koukos and husband, Louie. She also is survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Jan. 19 at Holy Cross Church, in South Portland. A private burial was to be held in Old Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the South Portland Food Cupboard, 130 Thaddeus St., South Portland, ME 04106.

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