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John Eugene Hurley

Died: Wed., Sep. 9, 2015


Memorial Mass

Tue., Apr. 26, 2016


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Florence - John Eugene Hurley, of Florence, passed away of an extended illness September 9th at the Stevensville Living Centre. He was predeceased by his wife of 73 years, Marie T. Hurley by 16 days. He was born September 1, 1916 in Boston Massachusetts, on Centre Street where there were cobblestones and horse drawn fire trucks. He moved to Florence Montana when he was 87 years old to live by his family, Jack and Kathy Thomas. John had a long career with the Massachusetts government, the Federal government and served as a Captain in the Army Air Corps during World War II. John truly believed in civil service, service for his nation. He was a great example of how to work hard, with quality and loyalty. He worked and raised his family in Washington D.C. He is survived by, three children: John E. Hurley, Jr. of Carlisle, PA, Julia M. Files of Ridgefield, WA, and Kathleen Thomas of Florence; five grandchildren, and one great-great grandson, as well as a sister, Miss Helen Hurley of Roxbury Massachusetts. He was very anxious about their big move to Montana, feeling that as an Easterner (particularly from Boston!) he would find it difficult to make friends or be accepted. He learned quickly that his Florence neighborhood would always be there for him and enjoyed many gatherings with them and lots of help. He also enjoyed and cherished the friendships they made at the Living Centre, felt comfortable greeting them all in the dining room everyday. The funeral services for both John and Marie will be held in Springfield, Missouri on April 26th, their 74th wedding anniversary. The family suggests that memorials be made to Pantry Partners, 3614 Alc Way, Stevensville, MT, 59870 or to the Florence Rural Fire District c/o Charlie Lambson, PO Box 340, Florence MT 59833. Our family wishes to thank Dr Nick Nichols for his invaluable help giving John a good last year, and all the staff at the Living Centre for their kindness and support. Every morning he recited a small poem that he wrote years ago that seems appropriate to pass on to his friends here: EACH DAY I LOVE --- The glory of the morning, The beauty of the day. To see the new life a-borning, And sunrise light the way. The quiet of the evening, The coolness of the shade, As darkness gently covers up Mistakes we have all made. The noise and bustle in between, The music of the day As people shout and fight about, And try to make their way.

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Barry Cosloy
   Posted Wed September 23, 2015
My wife Sherry and I were saddened to hear of John and Marie's passing. I consider John my professional mentor who was responsible for much of the success I enjoyed in my career. I worked for John at the IRS beginning in 1974, and it was John who recommended me to Coopers & Lybrand to assist him in the DC office in 1978. John was the most supportive and wise teacher, a remarkable gentleman whose steady manner and extraordinary judgment set an example for all those who had the good fortune to work with and learn from him. A truly special man!

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