A distinguished educator and lawyer, with deep roots in the community, George Furey is one of the leading citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Mr. Furey is a native of St. John's. He earned two B.A.s from Memorial University (1970-71) and a Master of Education from Memorial in 1976. From 1969-72, he was a teacher with the Roman Catholic School Board in St. John's. From 1972-78, he was a Supervising Vice Principal with the Port-au-Port Roman Catholic School Board and from 1978-80 Supervising Principal of the Placentia-St. Mary's Roman Catholic School Board.
In 1980, Mr. Furey enrolled at Dalhousie University, earning his LL.B in 1983. He was admitted to the Newfoundland Bar in 1984. In 1985, he was named a partner in the St. John's law firm O'Brien, Hurley & Smith. In 1989, he was named Senior Partner in the firm O'Brien, Furey & Smith.
In 1993, Mr. Furey was appointed to the Provincial Police Complaints Commission. He was named Queen's Counsel in 1996.
Mr. Furey is also a widely respected community leader, giving his time to numerous, voluntary groups, professional boards and provincial commissions, including: the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association (Vice President, Appalachia Branch - 1976-77; President, Placentia Branch - 1977-78); The Boy Scouts of Canada (Scout Leader - 1982-84); St. Clare's Mercy Hospital Ethics Committee (1991); The Newfoundland Liquor Corporation (Director - 1990-97; Chair -1997 to 1999); and, the Gonzaga High School Council (1999).
Mr. Furey and his wife, Karen, have four children: Andrew, Meghan, Rebecca, and David.