Howard Furhman Death, Obituary – On January 6, 2023, at the age of 67, Howard Furhman passed away in his home in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was accompanied by his beloved family and friends at the time of his passing. Howard Furhman was born in Worcester on May 21, 1955, and he was the middle child of Lillian “Libby” and Merton “Babe” Furhman. Howard lived his entire childhood in Worcester, and he was constantly surrounded by his family and friends there. He would play the trumpet really well, go to AZA dances to meet girls, ride the bicycle that he dubbed “chopper” up and down the street, play ball at Chandler Field, play pool in the basement, and ride his bicycle up and down the street.
He is survived by his devoted wife Neli Da Silva, his sister Lisa Cotton of Shrewsbury, his brother Herbert Furhman and his sister-in-law Liba Furhman of New Milford, Connecticut; his children from his first marriage to Barbara Furhman, Meredith, wife of Robert Smith, and Seth Furhman; step-son Bruno Fraga and his wife Keyla; grandchildren Samuel Smith and Mattheus and Julia Fraga; nephew Myke Furhman and his wife, Lori Lang Both of his biological parents, as well as his stepfather Arthur Katzenson, passed away before he did. Howard met Neli in 2004. He devoted his entire existence to her. He stated in the letter that “she cared for me more than anyone else.” They visited the Bahamas, Jamaica, Brazil twice (where they met the large in-law clan and explored the country from Rio to Sao Paulo to the Amazon rainforest and celebrated the Rio Carnival at the Marques de Sapucai), and Israel. Together, they traveled the world.
They went all over the United States, visiting places like Florida several times, Las Vegas and Foxwoods, and more recently, Arizona and the red rock country in the western United States. His younger sister, Lisa, could always count on him for support, guidance, and protection. He was also constantly looking out for her best interests. He valued the time he got to spend with his brother Herb, doing things like shooting targets and talking about the past. He appreciated the time they got to spend together. Howie was a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Last year, he went to Polar Park to celebrate his birthday with Larry, a friend he’s had for the past four decades. He was always making the most out of life, whether it was a day trip, a long walk around Quinsigamond Lake, or a trip to the beach.
Car show fanatic that he was, he took great delight in taking his 2013 black-and-gray convertible Mustang out on drives into the middle of nowhere, and then returning home to make marinated steak tips on the grill while catching up on episodes of The Sopranos. Howie was pleased to have served as a Trustee of the Hickory Hills Condo Association for a significant amount of time. He was very conscientious and meticulous, and throughout the years he made it his mission to ensure that changes were made and that the best management practices were implemented and adhered to. On Tuesday, January 10, at 1 p.m., funeral services will be held at the Miles Funeral Home located at 1158 Main Street in Holden. Following the services, the burial will take place at the B’nai Brith Cemetery in Worcester.