Salem — Mr. Vincent “Vinnie” J. Furfaro, 66, of Salem, died unexpectedly at his home on June 18, 2013.
Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Dominic and Josephine M. (Spinale) Furfaro. He was raised in Salem, and was a graduate of Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, and continued his education, graduating from Northeastern University.
An honorably discharged veteran, he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era.
Mr. Furfaro served the City of Salem for many years. First, in 1979 as the chairman of the Market Area Management Commission, then as the director of Constituent Services for the late Mayor Jean A. Levesque, from 1980 through 1983. In 1986, he was elected as City Councilor for Ward 3, served as a dedicated councilor until 1993, and was elected as Council President in 1989.
He had also been the owner of Furfaro Bus Tours, leading groups to Canada, Niagara Falls and other exciting venues. A well-known gun enthusiast and safety expert, he was the owner of and certified gun safety instructor at Distribution Fire Arms in Salem for many years. He was a longtime Salem member of the Christopher Columbus Society, the Sons of Italy, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a member of the Andover Sportsmen’s Club. At the time of his death, he was president and CEO of the Greater Salem Employees Federal Credit Union. He was a longtime member of the former St. Mary’s Italian Church in Salem.
Vinnie will be remembered for his dedication to the City of Salem and its residents and will be missed for his humor, caring nature and vibrant personality.
Mr. Furfaro is survived by his sisters, Mary C. Panevino of Salem, and Anna Lewis of Dorchester; his nieces, nephews and their children; close cousins; and extended family and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life Mass in his honor in the Immaculate Conception Church, Hawthorne Boulevard, Salem, on Saturday, July 13, at 9 a.m. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Square, at Salem Common, Salem. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Vinnie’s memory to the North Shore Heart Center, Salem Hospital, 81 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.