Sharon circa 2002
Sharon Furlong
  • 65 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 25, 1950
  • Date of passing: Aug 2, 2015
Let the memory of Sharon be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of my dear sweet beloved, Linda "Sharon" Furlong.

We realize that time and distance keeps us apart, so our goal here is to provide a means to remember Sharon's life, joys, and impact on others.

Feel free to leave a tribute, or share your memories and photos on this site. In doing this, we will honor her memory forever.

In lieu of flowers, gifts and cards please consider a visit and donation to the following website   Thank you!

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jeff Sloan on 5th August 2016

"It's been a year since  Sharon was called home! One night  while I was up with her  she told me  there was a song she wanted Played at her funeral,,it goes.     I had the time of my  life and I owe it all to you,,

She said  it  was for Robie.    We love and miss you...Jeffery."

This tribute was added by Robie Furlong on 4th August 2016

"My sweet Sharon, it's been a year since you have left my side. Not a day goes by where I don't think of you. I will always have you in my heart with wonderful memories of our life together. I will forever treasure those memories my sweet Sharon. Your Robie"

This tribute was added by Douglas Sloan on 2nd August 2016

"To my dear sweet sister. It's hard to believe that you've been gone for a year. I think of you often and reach for the phone before I realize what I'm doing. It's still hard being the ones left behind. However, I can take comfort knowing that we'll one day be reunited. I would give anything to experience the peace and joy that you now know, being in the presence of our Lord. In time I will be with you again. Until then, know that you are always in my heart. Love always. Douglas <><"

This tribute was added by peter spirer on 2nd August 2016

"Sweet Sharon,
Every time I stop into the Bagel Shop I think of your enjoyment of blueberry bagels and how you used to laugh and call me your Rabbi
when I brought you some. Becky and I miss your charming humor and delightful company. Love for you, always. Peter & Becky Spirer"

This tribute was added by Alice Holmes on 2nd August 2016

"Dear Sharon, I still miss you as much as ever and my heart is still broken.  I talk to you often and hope you will give me strength, which many times you do.  I know you are at peace in a loving place.  I have had many changes in my life lately, but still turn to you for strength and advise.  I love and miss you greatly.  Alice"

This tribute was added by Nina Horn on 25th January 2016

"Sharon I cannot believe that you have been in Heaven now a whole year! It is still hard thinking about you not being here.  But hopefully
we will all be together again in Heaven, and you have met my Mom
and Dad there and having plenty of time getting to see all those that
went on to our other world ahead of us.  My hope is in our Lord, our future is better than anything we could possible dream about here!!! Love and admire your courage and walk here on earth!  Nina"

This tribute was added by Scott Keith on 21st September 2015

"Sharon you will always be remembered for being a great person and life-long friend to my parents and myself. You were a go-getter with a lot of drive during your working years. My parents would comment on the hard work and success that you and Robie worked to achieve and so that also enabled me as an entrepreneur, knowing that it could be done. It wasn't until your later years that I really got to know you on a personal basis. You made me laugh a lot and we had the best times in the RV hanging out and cooking our bacon cheeseburgers! I appreciate you and your friendship! You will forever be missed! I'm sending you kisses from Schatzie and I and I hope you get them. Rest in peace sweet Sharon."

This tribute was added by Robie Furlong on 29th August 2015

"To my dearest niece Sharon .  My love for you started when you were a small child and extended to you recent passing when you joined our Lord.  Over the years you provided caring and love for your friends and family. Your sense of humor was special.  I will certainly miss your calls and my responses.  Thank you so much for these and especially for you and Robie hosting our family reunion in '95. Those memories will be with all of us forever.  Now you are with the lord's saint which include your family an friends.  Again, my special love to you forever.  Uncle Jim"

This tribute was added by Lorraine Milan on 27th August 2015

David and I are saddened to hear of Sharon's passing.  The care expressed in the relationship you shared was truly an inspiration even to those of us who did not know you well.  We were impressed by you both from the first moment we met you over a real estate transaction.  Please accept our sincere condolences.  David Greysmith and Lorraine Milan"

This tribute was added by Kristara Vainio on 26th August 2015

"My Auntie Sharon was so full of life and joy. She was beautiful inside and out. She was also a firecracker sometimes. My favourite memory with her is from when I was little and we went to a restaurant for dinner. The love between her and my Uncle Robie was unmatched. I remember hoping I would one day have a love like theirs. She will certainly be missed.

Uncle Robie, I am so sorry for your loss. You're in my thoughts and prayers. I love you and miss you."

This tribute was added by Allison Furlong on 23rd August 2015

"Having never had the pleasure of meeting Sharon and not having seen my cousin Robie for over 40 years it was so nice to visit this memorial website. It was wonderful to read about Sharon and Robie's adventures and see what a lovely woman with whom Robie shared his life. I would like to offer my condolences to all Sharon's family and friends as they have lost a wonderful woman."

This tribute was added by Betty Boyd on 18th August 2015

"My dear Sharon,  we can't believe that you are gone but we would like to believe that where ever you are now, you are free of pain. Tom and I will always treasure the times we have shared with you and Robie - whether it was going to Memphis in Butter, snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef or RV'ing around this wonderful country...we are so blessed we got to do some rv'ing with you and Robie...what wonderful memories we have in our Friendship Pantry. Memories that we will draw on when we miss you sorely. Tom and I have been privileged to have had your friendship. We love you and Robie heaps.  Love always, Tom and Betty"

This tribute was added by Todd Helton on 10th August 2015

"We will miss you dearly Sharon. You always brightened our days with insightful observations on life. Much love.

Todd & Michelle"

This tribute was added by Monika Keith on 9th August 2015

"A week ago today I lost my best girl, my friend Sharon. Sharon and I liked each other from the beginning in the early 70s. Robie and Larry were already best buddies since their College Park high school days. In time Sharon became my American sister and we became more like family. Larry too was always very fond of his girl Sharon. We had our best vacations with Robie and Sharon. So many good memories and I cherish them all.  
When I lost Larry in 2010 Robie and Sharon were here in their motor coach back at the barn. I don’t know what I would have done without them in those dark hours! I can still hear Sharon’s comforting words in that sweet caring tone of hers, “Oh baby, Larry would want you to be okay”.
What a friend I had in Sharon! I truly miss her so.
Good night my Sunshine girl! I love you Sharon."

This tribute was added by Charlotte Harris on 9th August 2015

"Sharon, my sweet, funny, caring cousin.... I have so many wonderful memories of visiting in Jackson and Raymond and looking up to my older beautiful cousin.   My sincere condolences to Robie, Doug, Jeff and all the rest of the family.  You will be so missed but always in my thoughts."

This tribute was added by Linda Murtaugh on 9th August 2015

"So it has been a week, pretty much, since Sharon died, and I have spent much of that time thinking and dreaming about and with her.  How does a relationship of only a few years leave such an indelible and undeniable imprint on a life?  

Firstly, I note from Robie's comments that Sharon left us at around 4:15 p.m., further confirming what was earlier established by my brother in law, Gary Britton, as the official commencement of cocktail hour.  I will continue to raise a glass at on or around 4 p.m. for those that I hold dear.

I met Sharon in the early '80's while working for Ernie Miller in Salem at Mortgage Bancorporation.  We became friends and confidants, sharing much of our lives with the other, around work and over lunches at such notable establishments as the Court Street Dairy, among others, where one of the requirements of a decent meal was the presence of French's Mustard, at least to Sharon.

She remained a friend through thick and thin, contributing in a way that only she could do to the richness and complexity of life. I note many references to wit in these tributes, even to "Sharonisms", as I would also be inclined to call them, and I would like to share a few of my own.  
As I think back, and as Monika said recently, there was more than one Sharon, particularly as a result of her aneurism.  Thus, these "Sharonisms" can be attributed to Sharon 1, or 2, or even, perhaps, 3, given her career changes as well as health issues.  

So, here goes.  Sharon # 1, the person I first came to know, introduced me to proper southern belle-ism and how one should engage the gallantry of a gentleman by the proper relinquishment of one's "hanky", ie. dropping it to the ground and feigning helplessness.  Sharon #2, real estate magnate, explained to me, among other things, that all a woman really needed (sorry, Robie) was a washing machine with a really good spin cycle.  And Sharon #3, post aneurism, perhaps the funniest of all, offered these gems.  While at a party of our friends, she was approached by a woman who asked if she was my husband, Jeff's, mother, Jeff being 5 years younger than Sharon.. Sharon's response;
" I can see we are not going to be friends!"  And when Robie showed Jeff and me a photo of a much younger and undeniably beautiful bikinied Sharon, she said "Well, that ship has sailed".  

Humor aside, I count Sharon as one of the seminal influences in my life, one of those friends who stays with you regardless of life's vagaries and the separations that occur as a result, forgiving and welcoming at each turn. I have been enriched immeasurably as a result of a chance encounter in the early '80s and I will be forever grateful.  

She recently asked me if I was happy, wondering if she should have stepped in at a time when I was making a significant life choice.  Clearly, her decision not to influence me had weighed on her.  I told her that I was happy with the person that I had become but it occurred to me later that I could have done more to reassure her because she clearly had carried that concern with her for years. Truly an amazing friend!

As I read these tributes, I realize how much there was about Sharon that I didn't know, names of friends, places, events outside of my experience with her, and I am struck by that.  How is it possible that someone so important to me does not know everyone and everything in my life and vice versa? She was remarkable, genuine, caring, funny, loving, smart, irreplaceable, forever in our hearts.

And then there is Robie. Sharon called me once and thanked me for "talking politics " with Robie, which basically meant arguing with him, since we didn't agree on such matters.  We all know how incredibly loving and amazing Robie was with Sharon through an extraordinarily difficult situation. She could not have had or hoped for a more amazing friend and husband.  Robie, you are my hero; I am grateful and so thankful that Sharon had you in her life, for all of it's richness.  Know that you are both loved."

This tribute was added by Amiee Hamby on 7th August 2015

"Dear Sweet Aunt Sharon I am flooded w memories as I sit here thinking about you & Uncle Robie!  What a loss to this world and to us who love you so!  I bet you are lighting up heaven with your amazing brilliant personality.....growing up you guys always made me feel so special and once I was grown you still did and I loved seeing you when you came here to Atlanta.  Beyond sad that that won't happen again.....a favorite thought is when I flew on a plane for the first time to come and see you guys-was I 6???  What an amazing time to spend with you guys!  You loved all who you met and your quick wit were such a joy!  I will miss you always....heaven is blessed to have you"

This tribute was added by Jim Austin on 6th August 2015

"Robie, we were deeply saddened to hear of Sharon's passing.  She was so thoughtful and generous, with a sharp wit and endearing sense of humor.  We remember many of her "Sharonisims" with a smile on our faces and fondness in our hearts.  We are honored to be able to call you both, neighbors and friends, and cherish the times we had together when we lived in Salem.  Liz and Jim"

This tribute was added by peter spirer on 5th August 2015

"Sweet Sharon. Becky and I are honored to have had you and Robie in our lives these past few years. Dinners at Nancy and Ralph's, and just hangin' out sharing stories and laughs. You were one of Princess' favorite people, and she had impeccable taste. I enjoyed my bagel deliveries and will share one with you in the not too distant future. With love, Peter (your Rabbi) & Becky"

This tribute was added by Mary DeMarco on 5th August 2015

"My Dear Sharon, as your sister in law for over 44 years I will never forget the first time we met and the good times in those young years that we spent together. I know their were times we didn't talk for years but when we did it was like yesterday. You always kept up with me and what was going on in my life and for that I am so grateful. I will miss you so much! I know you are in Heaven now and are the angel that will watch over us all from there. You will be so, so missed. All my love to you. Mary"

This tribute was added by Nancy Norton on 5th August 2015

"Sharon, you will be dearly missed. You and Robie are among the most generous and gregarious friends I have; always so warm and welcoming. I’ll miss your updates (go-to-theater; rent-it; skip-it) on films, your lovely smile, your (sometimes naughty) sense of humor, and our sharing of Broadway musicals and stars, not to mention the Oscars and Tonys. My family sends their love and prayers. We are all the better for having shared time with you."

This tribute was added by Teresa Furlong on 4th August 2015

""Sharon,You were such a Blessing to me and Randall! You brought so much joy to all who knew you...You were like a sister to me and I always looked forward to your visits to Georgia and getting to spend time with you!! The memories of all the times we got to spend with you and Robie; the fun,the laughter but most of all your unwavering strength and bravery...You taught me so much about never giving up and no matter how tough things were you counted your blessings and woke up with a happy heart everyday!! You had a love for Robie like no other! You always told me how blessed you were to have him in your life and how grateful you were for all he did for you! I miss you sweet Sharon..I will miss our talks on the phone..You kept me laughing with your quick wit! My heart is heavy...I love you Dear Friend..I will miss you!!"

This tribute was added by John Graham on 4th August 2015

"Robie, Kristie and I are sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. I can't begin to imagine the pain you must feel having lost your best friend of 42 years. I know the pain will eventually ease, but the cherished memories will always remain."

This tribute was added by Alice Holmes on 4th August 2015

"To my friend Sharon.  You were so much braver than I am.  You were the best friend a girl could have ever asked for.  I know you have joined your Mom and Dad.  I see you all smiling and holding each other.  I know Robie will continue forward, but always wishing you were by his side.  My heart is broken, but I know you are watching over us.  I want to make you proud."

This tribute was added by Marnie Gosse on 4th August 2015

"It's hard to think of Robie  without Sharon. The Month we spent in Arizona with you were blessed. Marnie and I could once again see what true love looked like. You two had a special relationship, and we were blessed by it. We will miss you Sharon and thank You for the Memories you gave. Love Reg & Marnie"

This tribute was added by Nina Horn on 4th August 2015

"Sharon, Your beloved Robie called today to let us know that you are no longer with him.  My heart breaks for Robie, as I know how much he is going to miss your smile and being there with him all the time.  We are all going to keep those wonderful memories that you gave us. The dry wit sense of humor, always seeing the brighter side of things and making us cry out loud with all your jokes.  Even after having your stroke didn't keep you down, in fact you had the strong will to keep going until you and Robie traveled over 1,000/s of miles traveling with Butter Bug in that mansion on wheels....visiting your friends and visiting all your family across the US.  I have always admired your love and family.  We will miss you and be eternally thankful for having you as our friend.  Robie please do come to visit us soon so we can have a mini reunion. Stay healthy and remember we will all be reunited in Heaven upon our deaths on Earth, with hope and faith, there will be a place for all of us to get back together and celebrate in eternity with Jesus all together!!!  Sharon will have all our menu planned and party plans in the making and I hope she is waiting at the gates to give us a big hug and smile us as we cross over to her Heavenly Home, for we all know Sharon was an angel to so many. Love to you Sharon and Robie!"

This tribute was added by Joan Chalmers on 4th August 2015

"I will never forget the great times shared with you Sharon during your many visits to Georgia.  You definitely kept us on our toes with your wit, which was impossible to top!  You will be missed by all of us Sharon who had the opportunity to know and love you.  And to you Robie, you are in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Stephen Furlong on 4th August 2015

""I never gave a thought to adding "in-law" when I mentioned Sharon. She was the sister I never had and a maternal influence throughout my life.She always brought the best out in myself and my brothers. I will miss you sweetheart. Love you and will always remember the great times we all spent together.
Your little brother Stephen""

This tribute was added by Pam Elkins on 4th August 2015

"Cal and I will remember Sharon for ever.  The trip you made here
in the motor home, how happy she was with Texas.
The dinners out in Salem, with you all driving  Butter.
Bless you Miss. Sharon.

This tribute was added by Fred Barrows on 4th August 2015

"I was so shocked to hear about Sharon. It was wonderful to see both of you last fall. She was always a shining light every time I saw both of you. I wish you all the best and please keep in touch. She is gone but  never forgotten. God bless you and Robie."

This tribute was added by Claudia Vorse on 4th August 2015

"Miss Sharon, I can't help but smile whenever I think about you. The crazy things that made us laugh so hard, the "you just had to be there" moments. You taught me so much. Working for you was a pleasure, but being called your friend is what I treasure. I hope you and Clayton play golf together every day now. Will miss you my friend."

This tribute was added by Ginny Renaud on 4th August 2015

"It hardly seems real that you are gone my dear friend. What great memories we made this past Feb/Mar when you & Robie bunked at our Az house. The nights you & I snuggled in bed & watched TV while Mark & Robie told each other tall tales shall be forever my favorite times. I do believe God had a hand in it all.  That's how he works. He gives us exactly what we need & I sure needed a friend like you who could make me laugh like no other. Your sense of humor was so rye. Your love of red lipstick & lovely  perfume will be missed. You are now officially an angel !!  A beautiful beautiful sweet angel. I love you & miss you."

This tribute was added by Ann Sloan Kaiser on 3rd August 2015

"To my Aunt Sharon aka "mom equivalent" as you heartily referred yourself as and accepted and loved me as your own and you've forever changed my life for the better. You were always my shining star and or my "bling" as you brightened everything and everyone around you! You always encouraged and approved of most things I did or you steered me in the right direction if and when I took a wrong turn. I'm blessed and grateful to have known and loved you and am looking forward to seeing you again in heaven. Rest in piece "Mama""

This tribute was added by Robie Furlong on 3rd August 2015

"I lost my heart light when my dear sweet Sharon passed away yesterday (Sunday afternoon, August 2nd 2015). It was a loss shared by all whom Sharon has touched throughout her years with her warm smile, kind way and quick wit. Sharon very rarely spent time with anyone who didn’t become a friend. I was blessed to have such a lady as my spouse and companion for 43 wonderful years together. I have and will always love her dearly."

This tribute was added by Douglas Sloan on 3rd August 2015

"For my dear sweet sister. Sharon will always be in my heart and mind as long as I live. When I leave this life, I look forward to seeing her again. Until then, she is dearly missed!

Douglas <><"

This tribute was added by Jeff Sloan on 3rd August 2015

"My dear sweet wonderful sister Sharon. You were always so good to me; you took me out of a low rent apartment and put me and mother into a beautiful new home. You were always teaching me to be a better person and you always had my back. I don’t know what I am going to do without you. But I am comforted in knowing I will see you again when I die God willing. I love you dearly, Jeffery."

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