Bernard Paul Fur­bush

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

CAM­BRIDGE — Bernard Paul Fur­bush, 85, of Vi­enna passed away Satur­day, AuG. 13, 2016, at his home with his wife by his side. He had been in fail­ing health for the past few years.

Born March 17, 1931, in Rock Point, South­ern Mary­land he was the last liv­ing child of twelve chil­dren born to Mary Blanch Davis and John Wil­liam Fur­bush.

Paul en­listed in the US Army in 1948. He served in the Korean War with the 809th Army Engi­neers Avi­a­tion Patal­lion be­fore be­ing hon­or­ably dis­charged in 1951.

Af­ter re­turn­ing from ser­vice, Fur­bush & Rob­bins Builders was formed in 1951. The busi­ness op­er­ated un­til 1955 when Paul be­came a self em­ployed car­pen­ter. He con­tin­ued the trade un­til 1969 when he joined the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources. He loved ev­ery minute of his job. For 25 years his sum­mers were spent fight­ing the wild fires in the western states. At the time of his re­tire­ment he was Su­per­vi­sor of Bayshore Fire Con­trol Unit at Church Creek. Many years later, Paul was still fondly rec­og­nized as “Smokey the Bear”.

Paul loved his coun­try, his state and all peo­ple. He was proud to have served them. For years he was in­volved with the Boy Scouts and youth ice hockey. Paul had great com­pas­sion for an­i­mals. He had a Col­lie dog ken­nel for many years.

Paul was a life­time mem­ber of the VFW #7460 and the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post #91.

Paul mar­ried Ca­role Travers in 2005. They en­joyed trav­el­ing un­til his health be­gan to de­cline. He greatly en­joyed shar­ing his sto­ries of his trav­els around the world to young and old alike.

Sur­viv­ing is his wife Ca­role; grand­sons Steve and Mike Fur­bush and two great grand­sons.

Pre­ced­ing him in death were his two sons. Robert (Rocky) passed away in 2010 and Steve in 2014.

A fu­neral ser­vice was held Tues­day, Aug. 16, at New­comb and Collins Fu­neral Home, P.A., Cam­bridge. Of­fi­ci­at­ing was Rev. A. Delmer Wil­ley, Jr. as­sisted by Pas­tor Mil­bourne Ad­kins. A view­ing was held two hours prior to the ser­vice. In­ter­ment fol­lowed at Mary­land Eastern Shore Veter­ans Ceme­tery, Hur­lock with mil­i­tary hon­ors.

Serv­ing as pall­bear­ers were Steve Fur­bush, Mike Fur­bush, Joe Re­tal­ick, Ethraim Diefend­er­fer, Brian Stur­gis and Ron Hughes.

In lieu of flow­ers me­mo­rial do­na­tions can be made to Coastal Hospice, c/o Mau­reen McNeil, 2604 Old Ocean City Road, Sal­is­bur y, MD 21804 or VFW Post #7460, 115 Sandy Hill Road, Cam­bridge, MD 21613.

To send on­line con­do­lences to the fam­ily, please visit­com­b­


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