Eleanor Furlong

Eleanor Frances Furlong (Breen)

Thursday, December 3rd, 1925 - Tuesday, August 25th, 2020
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Eleanor F. (Breen) Furlong, age 94, passed away August 25, 2020 in Plymouth. She was born in Boston,
MA on December 3, 1925. After graduating from Jeremiah Burke High School, she attended Katharine
Gibbs Secretarial School. Over the years she worked in a variety of administrative positions in insurance,
the wool trade, retail and banking while raising her five children before finally retiring from Boston
Association of School Administrators and Supervisors in 2006 at the age of 80.

Ellie was a 35-year resident of Braintree, and a 28-year resident of Plymouth. She was an avid cribbage
player, a Red Sox fan and loved the many social events that she attended with the love of her life, Bill, at
the Neighborhood Club in Quincy and at Pinehurst Village in Plymouth. She also loved the many family
holiday gatherings where Bill would typically do the cooking and she would do the entertaining.

She is survived by her children Stephen Furlong and his wife, Eileen of Harwich, Linda Hazelton and her
husband, Richard of Hingham, Mark Furlong and his wife, Judy of Kingston, NH, Joanne Hamor and her
husband, Scott of Kingston, NH, Christopher Furlong and his wife, Elaine of Pembroke. She is survived by
her grandchildren, Erika Furlong, Gregory Furlong, Richard Hazelton, Jeff Richard, Lindsay Furlong
O’Hara, Thomas Furlong, Joshua Hamor, Alexander Hamor, Katie Hamor, Emily Hamor, Bryan Sawtelle
and Jake Sawtelle. She was preceded in death by her husband William (Bill), her parents, John and
Hannah Breen and her siblings Mary Shallow, John Breen and Anna Perry.

Due to Covid-19 services will be private. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled and announced later. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra ( Online condolences can be posted at

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Bartlett Funeral Home
    338 Court St.
    Plymouth, MA 02360
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 11:00am
    Saint Kateri Church
    126 South Meadow Road
    Plymouth, MA 02360
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Mary O’Neil

Posted at 08:01pm
Rest In Peace, Dearest Aunt Ellie. What beautiful memories you’ve left us. You were the kindest and gentlest woman ever. I can still see your warm and radiant smile. My deepest sympathy to my cousins, Stephen, Linda, Mark, Joanne, and Chris. May your loving memories of your wonderful Mother Ellie comfort you.

Your Loving Cousin,
Mary O’Neil


Posted at 05:37pm
When folks speak about Ellie Furling it is consistently in the context of one of the "best " people they've had the pleasure of knowing. There are not many for whom this expression fits, "there wasn't a mean bone in her body" but of Aunt Ellie it is perfect. My husband has fond memories of Aunt Ellie's kindness and acceptance of all. We extend our deepest condolences to Aunt Ellie's children, grandchildren and all her family.

Abdul & Nancy (O'Neil) Hannan


Abdul and Nancy Hannan

Stephen Furlong Posted at 04:08pm

Dear Nancy & Abdul, Thank you for your kind words. Our Mom had a wonderful life and she was never more happy than when she was with family whether her Breen family or Furlongs and O'Neils. My sister Joanne posted on Facebook and I spoke in her eulogy about her kindness and decency and what an amazing role model she provided. We are planning a Celebration of Life sometime later but yet don't know when it will be due to Covid. It would be great if you could both attend and we'll let you the details later. Warmest best wishes Steve

Helen O'Neil

Posted at 01:26pm
Aunt Ellie was the kindest, sweetest woman I ever knew. She leaves a legacy of goodness. My deepest condolences to my Furlong cousins Stephen, Linda, Christopher, Mark and Joanne, and to all of her grandchildren. I'm sure she was the best of grandmothers, as she truly was the best of aunts. I remember all the many visits of Ellie and Bill to our grandmother's house in Charlestown. Ellie was always such good company, so happy and interested in what we were all up to.


Helen O'Neil

Stephen Furlong Posted at 04:16pm

Dear Helen, As her children, we all knew about our Mom's kindness and goodness. However, it is so heart-warming to learn how widely she was recognized for those traits. Yes, she was a fabulous grandmother and all the grandchildren adored Grammie. It's also so nice to hear of your fond memories for our Mom. She was also very fond of you and your whole family. We are planning a Celebration of Life sometime later but yet don't know when it will be due to Covid. It would be great if you could attend and we'll let you the details later. Warmest best wishes Steve

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