John A. Furmanski III
January 29, 1956 - November 2, 2021
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes
Caroline Holtgraves-Salstrom
Mary Beth Collins Light a candle
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Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Southeast Chapel
1604 NE Main Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681
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Monday 11/8, 6:30 pm

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St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church
2252 Woodruff Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Tuesday 11/9, 10:00 am

John Anthony Furmanski, III, 65, beloved husband of Diane Furmanski, passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, following a courageous battle with cancer. John was born on January 29, 1956 in Providence, RI, to the late John Jr. and Therese Sevigny Furmanski. John was a wonderful husband, father, and friend. John’s father was in the…

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N. B. Perkins left a message on December 3, 2021:
Congrats, John, looks like you lived a full, rich life. RIP.
Caroline Holtgraves-Salstrom left a message on November 17, 2021:
I'm so very sorry for your loss. John Jr. was so handsome and looks just like how I remember his Dad. So sad we didn't get to spend more time with our Memphis cousins. Love to all of you ❤
Alison Kubiak left a message on November 14, 2021:
My most sincere condolences to John's family. I had the pleasure of meeting John through work and working with him on a few projects. Even though our paths at work didn't cross much over these past few years he made time to have lunch with me. John was a true friend and I am a better person for having had the opportunity to know him.
Stephanie Foster left a message on November 11, 2021:
I had the honor of knowing John for a few years. He always had a warm smile and made my day brighter. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to him and hearing about all the love he had for his family and just life in general. He will be sorely missed. Prayers for comfort for his loved ones he left behind.
Mary Beth Collins left a message on November 10, 2021:
My deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss. Prayers for comfort, strength and healing to all of you.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Joyce Whitaker left a message on November 9, 2021:
I was a coworker of John’s at Michelin for many years. I am so very sorry to learn of his passing. His family and friends will be in my prayers. Joyce Whitaker
Wayne & Gloria Toney left a message on November 9, 2021:
Dear Diane, Ryan, Ross and Claire, we are deeply saddened at John’s passing. He was a wonderful man and we have many warm memories together as young families at church, picnics, parties, school, and many family outings. We pray for your peace and God’s grace to see you all through this very difficult time. With Love, Wayne and Gloria Toney
Pellat de Villedon left a message on November 9, 2021:
I am particularly touched by John's passing. Indeed, on the occasion of several of my visits to the USA for Michelin, I was greeted by John. I am thinking particularly of my coming to Chicago where John looked after me for several days. I was able to measure the kindness, the situational intelligence, the benevolence he had towards others. John inspired me a lot on my vision of logistics at Michelin. Thanks again for your help. Rest in peace.
Bill Henderson left a message on November 8, 2021:
Words cannot express my deepest condolences to Diane, John’s boys, Claire, and his entire family. I worked with John for many years in logistics. We shared many good times as well as some challenges. What I remember most about John is you couldn’t tell the good times from the bad because John was such a positive person. That infectious smile and position attitude made working with John a pleasure. I’ll always remember John’s passion for football, especially his Cornhuskers and the Cowboys. He was always on top of recruiting with eternal hopes that Nebraska would land some top prospects and challenge that team from Ohio. We had many long talks about work, but what John really enjoyed was sharing stores about family vacations, the kids growing up, going off to college, and becoming successful in life. He could not have been more proud of Ryan, Ross, and Claire. Many years ago, while in high school, my brother wrote a song after we lost of close friend. The lyrics seem appropriate today. “So here’s to you my dear friend, Only God knows when I’ll see you again, But you’ll always be my friend, You’ll always be my friend." Rest In Peace, My Friend!
Angie and Frank Kelly left a message on November 8, 2021:
John and I worked together in Logistics for many years. He was a wonderful man and a great co-worker. He was always willing to help anyone who needed assistance. He always had a gentle smile and kind words of encouragement. I will miss him greatly. Sending hugs and prayers to his wife, his children, and his family. Heaven definitely got another angel!
Joe and Porsche Caton left a message on November 8, 2021:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God bring you peace in your sorrow as you cherish each wonderful memory of a man who lived such a full life.
Veverly G. Blassingame left a message on November 8, 2021:
My sincere prayers for you during the loss of such a wonderful friend and co worker. John was such a pleasure to work with over the years. He always had a smile and an encouraging word when he spoke with me. I know that God's strength will comfort and keep each of you. Treasure the wonderful memories that you made with John. May he rest in peace!
Hoverath Family left a message on November 7, 2021:
Such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man devoted to family. May you all be surrounded and comforted in his loving memories. Diane please know you and the kids will remain in our prayers throughout this difficult time. Your marriage was/is a testimony of what true devoted friendship in marriage can be.
Leslie Fore left a message on November 7, 2021:
The thing I remember most about John is his smile. It was so broad and a little bit impish. His joy for life was so obvious and he shared that joy with others. I worked with John and also was privileged to be his friend. At work, John could come up with great ideas that no one else ever thought about. He mentored several people and was always willing to help. John’s love for life was infectious and he was very compassionate and caring. I was always amazed at how much he knew about so many subjects and often wondered if he ever slept or did he just read all the time. Something that everyone knew was how much John loved his family. He was always talking about you and was very proud of you. He was such a good man and had such a loving heart. I will miss him and I know he is in heaven watching over you. Your family is in my prayers always.
Don Fore left a message on November 7, 2021:
A true friendship is a journey without end, and my friendship with John was one of my life’s treasures. From the first time he stepped into my office over 30 years ago to our long-distance friendship living across the country from each other, his kindness, sense of humor, love for his family and our shared love of sports (even though one one us was a Buckeye and the other a Husker), drew us together. John knew so much about so many subjects - investing, mushrooms, bonsai trees, wine, cheese, sports, you name it, he could talk about it. He was a teammate in Logistics, a partner in Fantasy Sports and teaching Religious Education, an empathetic friend when my family went through a tough time, and a good Christian who loved his family very much. I am blessed to have had him in my life and will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with John, Diane, and family, now and always.
Sherri Berni left a message on November 6, 2021:
I was blessed to have known John for many years. I have never met such a gentle soul. He was a brilliant man that loved his family, friends and his company (Michelin). He will be missed.
Michelle Purcell left a message on November 6, 2021:
What can I say about the loss of a sibling who has known me during my entire life? I will miss his advice about good food and wine, gardening,, discussing current events, and just hearing the voice of my “Poz”. I am so proud of how his life fulfilled our parents’ legacy of valuing faith, family and friends. During his illness, he did not complain about his suffering but went forward in HOPE because without it, we are lost. Our challenge is to live our lives following his example of knowing and believing that God is good and merciful, and that He uses us to show this to others. Jay —as I have always called him— has been welcomed into the embrace of our mom, dad and sister. Until our spirits are all reunited, I will pick up and try to carry the family mantle that he bore in his life with such grace. Love you my Poz!!!
Cindy and Todd Jefferson left a message on November 6, 2021:
So many memories of John and the whole family. Being neighbors for 11 years, our kids growing up together running from one house to another and through the creek. All of the parties and celebrations we have shared. John was always so kind and up for a conversation, especially walking through his Bonsai Garden. Rest in Peace dear friend. You will be surely missed!
Gerald BOURLON left a message on November 6, 2021:
I have had the chance to work with John several years ago. I remember him as a very kind man, always positive, willing to help the others, dedicated to his role and his colleagues. A Good Man. I express my condolences to Diane that I met a couple of times. RIP John.
Bill Rock left a message on November 6, 2021:
John was just a great guy. Always helped me so much at work. We traveled together and always had fun finding good restaurants, laughing about all the crazy stuff at work and of course, drinking good beer. He will be greatly missed by all. Take care buddy- see you again some day. RIP John.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Betty Gentile left a message on November 5, 2021:
I worked with John at Michelin for many years he was the nicest person and always ready to help. May he rest in peace
Julie Branham left a message on November 5, 2021:
My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. John was one of the first folks I met when joining Michelin and his internal joy radiated in whatever difficult task he took on. He was forever positive and encouraging. He will be sorely missed though I know he made every minute with all of you full of life and memories. May you find peace in this difficult time. With kindness, Julie Branham
Rhonda Hunt left a message on November 5, 2021:
Please accept my deepest sympathies. John was a great colleague, mentor, and friend to many. He will be missed. The family shall remain in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Meredith Brown left a message on November 5, 2021:
John was one of the kindest and most caring of colleagues (and a true friend) to so many of us at Michelin. When I first started working in Logistics, he took me under his wing and spent countless hours patiently explaining concepts and drawing on the whiteboard in his office until he knew I understood - then we'd move on to the next to topic. He had the biggest smile and heart and could always be counted on whenever you needed him. He was so smart, too! Most importantly, he loved his family and talked about them all of the time. He was first class and will be missed terribly. My thoughts and prayers remain with his family during this very difficult time.
Chris and DeAnne Simcoe left a message on November 5, 2021:
To the entire Furmanski Family, Only your mom will remember but my wife and I were neighbors for about 5 years when we lived on S Almond Drive. Your dad was an amazing guy who I personally looked up to because he was like a big brother. We loved to play hoops (if his knees allowed it) and he always took time to chat if I had yard or other questions. He loved you guys and your mom dearly and in my book that’s the most important thing! We lost a true genuine person BUT I know he’s right where he needs to be and is cheering you on with his infectious smile. Make him proud
MaryLou Pearson left a message on November 5, 2021:
I am saddened to have lost my 1st cousin Jay..the sweetest person ...loved by so many ....especially my sister Kristine...who loved "Jay Manski"!!!...I know she welcomed him into Heaven..... God Bless Diane, Ryan,Ross, and. Claire... Prayers are with you from me... and all the Rhode Island cousins...❤🙏
Frank Nolan left a message on November 5, 2021:
Diane and family, Michelle and Marc, What can I say. You are all family to me. John was a great man. Have great memories when we were all young. When he and Diane visited. I visited them. I'll never forget our phone conversation when mom passed away. Again I'm very sorry
Nathan Smith left a message on November 5, 2021:
John, every time I saw you, your smile and energy shined. Our conversations were on a different level and several occasions our wives would have to separate us just so we all could go. You enjoyed bringing people together, and your “Beer Therapy” sessions weren't just to have a beer but to bring people, new and old, together and socialize. I will pay this forward. My thoughts and prayers go out to your wife, Diane, your kids, your family, and your friends. Until we meet again, Your friend, Nate Smith
Martha Staton left a message on November 5, 2021:
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I pray God grants all of you comfort during these times. Love to all
Doug Rogers left a message on November 5, 2021:
No words on your loss of John other than my deepest Condolences. John and I, both rabid bonsai hobbyists, would sometimes have to avoid each other at Michelin so as not to go too far down the rabbit hole on our important discussion of trees. I am fortunate to have horse traded trees over the years with him so I have several of them that will always remind me of him. John I will miss our conversations, Rest Well!!! To the family, cherish his memory to get you through these trying times.
Heather Grene left a message on November 5, 2021:
What I will miss most about John is his obsession with positivity and joy - recognized by his big smile. He connected with people on a deep level and truly cared. He taught me so much about logistics and relationships over the years. Thank you, John. You will be missed, I am sending prayers of comfort and peace for your family. See you on the other side, my friend.
David J McMann left a message on November 5, 2021:
John, I will miss you greatly. Over the years we worked at Michelin not only did you guide me but you became a great friend. I will miss our chats together. Till we meet again. Your friend - Dave
Judy Bockstiegel left a message on November 5, 2021:
Sweetest neighbor EVER! Playing basketball in their driveway was a daily event. Dedicated in every thing he loved. We are so sorry to lose John at such a young age and our hearts break for you Diane and your children. Neighborly love is sent to all of you, Tom, Judy, Randy, Denise, Jimmy and Michael Bockstiegel
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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