http://www.seniorsoftballstore.com

 
SIGN IN:   Password     »Sign up

Message board   »Message Board home    »Sign-in or register to get started

Online now: 1 member: Johnny Hose; 10 anonymous
Change topic:

Discussion: SO CAL HAS LOST A TRUE LEGEND

Posted Discussion
March 3, 2005
kosmala 13
Men's 55
6 posts
SO CAL HAS LOST A TRUE LEGEND
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT HEARD, DON FURNALD HAS PASSED AWAY. FOR THOSE WHO HAD THE PRIVILEDGE
OF PLAYING AND KNOWING DONNIE, WE ALL ARE TRUELY SAD. DON & CATHY FURNALD ARE 2 INDIVIUALS THAT TRANSENDED WAY ABOVE THE REST OF THE CROWD.
WHEN DON FURNALD JOINED THE CAPITOL INSULATION SOFTBALL TEAM IN 1978, HE TOOK THE TEAM TO ANOTHER LEVEL. IT WAS LIKE ADDING THE BACKBONE OUR TEAM SO DEARLY NEEDED.
NOT ONLY DID WE GET THE BEST DAMN SHORTSTOP IN SO CAL. BUT WE ALSO GOT DONNY'S FAMILY. THAT MEANT THAT WE DID NOT HAVE TO LISTEN TO CATHY ROOT AGAINST US. SHE'D YELL AGAINST US AND WE KNEW NOT TO SAY A WORD BACK AT HER OR GET VERBALLY MACHINED GUNNED BY DONNIE WITH ONE OF HIS FAMOUS BARRAGE'S OF 4 LETTER WORDS. BOY THOSE WHERE THE DAY'S. DONNIE & CATHY ARE TRUELY LOVED BY SO MANY, I CAN STILL PICTURE LITTLE DONNIE, 2 YRS OLD WITH HIS LONG BLONDE HAIR, RIPPING EVERY PITCH THROWN AT HIM. WE ALL THANK THE MAN UPSTAIRS FOR GIVING LITTLE KIMMIE HER CATHY'S LOOKS, RATHER THEN DONNIE'S.
OH YES, DID I MENTION HOW GREAT A HITTER MR. FURNAD WAS. HE MADE HITTING LOOK EASY. PLAYING AGAINST HIM WAS AWFUL. PLAYING WITH HIM WAS AMAZING. THIS SKINNY MAN WITH A AFRO TYPE HAIRDO (AKA Q-TIP) THOUGHT US HOW TO WIN, HOW TO FIGHT, HOW TO INTIMIDATE AND YES, HOW TO DANCE. DONNIE FURNALD DIED DOING WHAT DONNIE DID. BEING A LEADER ON A BASEBALL FIELD. COACHING IN A HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENT, DONNIE FELL ILL, THEY CALLED FOR AN AMBULANCE AND HE PASSED AWAY ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL OF A HEART ATTACK.
DONNIE, WE WILL TRUELLY MISS YOU, FOR WE ALL TRUELLY LOVED YOU. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS.
I APOLOGIZE FOR THE POOR SPELLING AND TERRIBLE ENGLISH, IT IS VERY, VERY HARD TO TYPE THRU TEARS.
DONNIES SERVICE WILL BE TUESDAY, MARCH 8. CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFO. MY NAME IS HANK KOSMALA AND I'M A PROUD FRIEND OF DON & CATHY FURNALD.
E-MAIL....onedealerschoice@yahoo.com...or phone 805-305-0017
March 3, 2005
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2586 posts
No appology needed for the typing.
Its a sad day when we lose another softball brother. From your post there will be many missing a true friend.
March 3, 2005
The Pro
81 posts
When I recieved the news of Don's passing yesterday I was stunned and emotionally devastated! I had played against him for many years but last year I had the great pleasure of being his teamate for the entire year on the Sin Sity Sixties. He was an outstanding softball player and a great person to be around.

His love for his wonderful wife and kids was very obvious. The last time we played together he told me that last year was the most enjoyable he had ever experienced and that he was looking forward to doing it again in 2005. Unfortunately the new rules isolating California prevented that from happening.

I miss him already and pray that God will give his family strength and keep him by His side. He was a very special person who will be remembered fondly by many, many people.
March 3, 2005
TaterinGa
Men's 50
177 posts
Hank & Pro: Don sounded like a gamer; he must of been the type that gave 100% & expected that from everyone else; probably would do anything at any time for anyone. I know you guys are going to miss him; whenever I see a post like this it reminds me of good friends that have already past that influenced my senior career. We have no guarantee of tomorrow. You are in my prayers & you will always have that vacancy in your heart every time you take the field, but remember what Don would do & say; let's get it done boys.

Taterman
March 3, 2005
sjuhoops
123 posts
i heard yesterday from my good buddy dave barnes. i was driving home from work and had to pull over to the side as i could not handle this. as pro has said we had the pleasure and honor to play with donnie last year. what a great guy and family man he was. always talked about his baseball and his family and all the so. cal softball legends. he is and always will be a legend in my mind. i consider myself lucky to have been his teamate for a season. he will be missed but never forgotten. take care my friend
hank
March 6, 2005
kosmala 13
Men's 55
6 posts
thank you tator and bruce in ga
March 7, 2005
jah#4
Men's 55
551 posts
Another one of our softball friends has passed . Sounds like a true senior softballer that live his life through others. He made everyone else a better ballplayer, Players like Don Furnald come few and far between. all our prayers are with his family and friends.
Sign-in to reply or add to a discussion or post your own message and start a new discussion. If you don't have a message board account, please register for a free nickname. It will only take a moment.
Senior Softball-USA
Phone: (916) 326-5303
Fax: (916) 326-5304
2701 K Street, Suite 101A
Sacramento, CA 95816
Send us e-mail
Senior Softball-USA is dedicated to informing and uniting the Senior Softball Players of America and the World. Senior Softball-USA sanctions tournaments and championships, registers players, writes the rulebook, publishes Senior Softball-USA News, hosts International Softball Tours and promotes Senior Softball throughout the world. More than 1.5 million men and women over 40 play Senior Softball in the United States today. »SSUSA History  »Privacy policy

Follow us on Facebook

Partners