Micky Furfari, 92, of Morgantown, died Monday (July 11, 2016) at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
Born as Domenick Furfari Jr. on July 29, 1923, son of the late Domenick and Josephine Catalano Furfari, Mickey was a 1941 graduate of Morgantown High School and a 1948 graduate of West Virginia University with a B.S. degree in Journalism.
In between, Mickey served in the U.S. Army in both Europe and the Pacific during World War II. Following graduation from West Virginia University, he began a long career in the as a journalist.
He worked in Charleston and Huntington before returning to Morgantown as the sports editor of the Dominion-News (Dominion Post). In a distinguished career spanning eight decades, Mickey held the positions of managing editor, sports editor, Sunday editor and executive sports editor for the Morgantown newspapers. Since retiring in 1989, he had been writing free-lance sports columns which have been published in several newspapers throughout West Virginia.
As sports editor, he covered West Virginia University football, basketball and baseball and was a frequent visitor to the press box at Three Rivers Stadium for Pittsburgh Pirate games. He was an honorary lifetime member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He was inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame (2006), the Basketball Writers of America HOF (2011), and was a district representative for the annual Heisman Award voted to college football's outstanding player.
In 2009, he was named presented the Distinguished West Virginian Award by Gov. Joe Manchin in a ceremony in Morgantown.
Mickey was a member of St. Johns University Parish in Morgantown.
He is survived by three children, Michael (Barbara) Furfari of Wexford, Pennsylvania, Jane (Bruce) Stofferahn of Henderson, Nevada, and Lisa Meduho of Winter Haven, Florida; two grandsons, Ryan (Mairi) Stofferahn of Lancaster, California, Dr. Matthew Stofferahn of Henderson, Nevada; four granddaughters, Leigh Anne (Kevin) Peterson of Tampa, Florida, Lauren Meduho of Lakeland, Florida, Robyn Furfari of Charlotte, North Carolina and Tina (Kevin) Kelly of Glenshaw, Pennsylvania; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Louise Furfari Caruso and husband Michael of Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mickey was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Skinner Furfari; three sisters, Anna Furfari Oliver, Nellie Furfari Mancini and Marguerite Furfari; three brothers, Frank Anthony Furfari, Calvin H. Furfari and William H. Furfari; brothers-in-law, Samuel Oliver Sr. and Dante Mancini; and sisters-in-law, Olga Furfari and Eleanor Furfari; and one great-grandchild.
Family and friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Wednesday at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John University Parish, 1481 University Ave. with Father Isaac Haywiser O.S.B. as celebrant. Burial will follow at East Oak Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Legends of West Virginia University Basketball Athletic Scholarship/in honor of Mickey Furfari, an endowment to provide undergraduate scholarships for qualified student-athletes at West Virginia University.
Contributions may also be made to Hospice Care Corporation, Arthurdale, WV 26520.
Published on July 12, 2016