John Furman, WW II vet accused in care home homicide, dies
The 95-year-old was accused of killing William May, 85, but was unfit to stand trial due to dementia
A decorated World War II veteran accused last August of killing his elderly roommate at a Vernon, B.C., care home has died.
John "Jack" Furman passed away last week at a Kamloops care home at the age of 95.
Furman was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly attacking William May, his 85-year-old roommate, at the Polson Special Care Facility, which provides care for people who have dementia complicated by behavioural or psychiatric issues.
However, the charges were stayed after a court ordered psychiatric assessment found that, at the time of the alleged assault, Furman was in a delusional state — caused by his advanced dementia — and was therefore unfit to stand trial.
The incident prompted calls for the province to do more to protect seniors with dementia from violence at the hands of fellow patients.
Remembered as a different man
Ron Candy, who worked with Furman at the Vernon Museum and Archives, said he would remember Furman for who he was before the alleged murder.
"We'll always remember Jack for the person we knew ... the loving, caring, joyful man that we knew, and the wonderful gift that he gave serving overseas."
Furman served with the elite fighting team known as "Devil's Brigade" during the Second World War.
He has no family and it is unclear if a memorial service is planned.