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Mar 10 2018 - Dennis Furlong Obituary

It is with heavy hearts that Athletics New Brunswick announce the passing of a longtime member and former President.

Dennis Furlong passed away at the age of 72. Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Dennis was a longtime member of the association and a dedicated volunteer. The Dalhousie resident was a competitive masters athlete and served as President of Athletics New Brunswick from 2004 to 2007. His accomplishments as an athlete include 15 provincial masters records, a 15th place finish in the M60 decathlon at the 2007 World Masters Championships, and a gold medal performance in the M70 decathlon at the 2016 Pan American Masters Championships. As President of ANB, Dennis led the association during the early preparation stages of the Moncton 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships, and formed the ANB Development Task Force that put together a comprehensive plan to ensure future sport development.
Away from athletics, Dennis excelled as a family physician and former provincial politician. Throughout the 70's, 80's, and 90's, Dennis served as a representative of Restigouche in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Medical Society, and served on the Board of Directors of the New Brunswick Lung Association; he later became President of all three organizations. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Campbellton Regional Hospital, and served as a physician member of the Premier’s Council on Health Strategy. Dennis also formerly chaired the Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons, the New Brunswick Trauma System Advisory Committee, and the committee which successfully bid to host the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

From 1999 to 2003, Dennis represented Dalhousie-Restigouche East in the Legislative Assembly, serving as the Minister of Health and Community Services, Minister of Health and Wellness, and Minister of Education. Appointed by the Government of Canada in 2005, he also led the Fact-Finders' Report on the CFB Gagetown Herbicide Spray Programs.

Dennis was a valued member of our association and the New Brunswick community as a whole, serving as one of the province's most active volunteers and always showing true sportsmanship. He will be dearly missed by the athletics community.

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