Norman J. Furrow, 68: Air Force veteran loved coaching, music

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BATH — Norman J. Furrow, 68, of Denny Road, died Jan. 23 at his residence, with his children by his side.

He was born in Bath on Oct. 12, 1946, a son of Christina B. M. (Thomson) Furrow and Russell W. Furrow. He attended Bath schools and graduated from Morse High School in the class of 1964.

Furrow served nine years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force, including service during the Vietnam War, and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. After returning home, he served with the U.S. Army National Guard for 12 years. He was employed at the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department, and then worked as an insulator at Bath Iron Works until his retirement after 29 years.

For many years, Furrow coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball teams in Bath. He was a board-certified baseball umpire and soccer official. He was also active in the Cub Scouts, holding many positions including district commissioner. In his free time, he enjoyed music, and played the mandolin, the ukulele and the mountain dulcimer.

Furrow was a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, the Boston Braves Historical Association and the Blue Grass Music Association of Maine.

He was predeceased by a half-brother, Norman Small.

He is survived by his daughter, Lynn M. Lawrence-Brown and husband, James, of Bath and Hong Kong, and their two children, William and Harrison Lawrence-Brown; his son, Danny M. Furrow, of Taipei, Taiwan; a half-sister, Donna James, of Topsham; two stepsisters, Marilyn Dube, of Arizona, and Virginia Oppedisano, of Brunswick; a half-brother, James Adams, of Florida; and a stepbrother, David Furrow, of Topsham. 

A committal service with military honors will be held Friday, July 10, at 1 p.m. at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.

A celebration of Furrow’s life will be held Saturday, July 11, 2015, at 10 a.m. at 1016 High St., Bath.

Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, Bath.

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