John Furlong: 1950-2014

These are some of many condolence messages sent via Facebook and Twitter.

He was my favourite ! I loved listening to him as he always made me laugh out loud. I even told him so, on my last kilometer of Cape to Cabot, as he was walking down from Cabot Tower, and I was running up to the finish ! I am very sad today , he will be missed terribly.

- Donna Hussey

So sorry and shocked to hear about John Furlong. Condolences to you. He was edgy, funny, and authentic.

- Nicole Kavanagh

@johnfurlongcbc in response to the schools closing with 10 cm of snow "Oh the humanity!" such utterances will be missed!

- Jamie Parsons

I will greatly miss John. He was an amazing broadcaster and journalist. I got to know him as a guest on crosstalk over the past 6 months. He was respectful, witty, and always knew the right questions to ask.

- Gideon Barker

The unparalleled interviewer and broadcaster, John Furlong, will be missed. @CBCNL won't be same.

- CHBA Nfld & Labrador

@CBCNL I respected John greatly, and told him that last time I saw him. I didn't always agree with him & his unorthodox ways of getting people to get to the core of the issue, but I appreciated his honesty. I'm saddened by the loss. NL has lost a prominent journalist.

- Remzi Cej

My goodness, that's terrible. He was one of my favourite broadcasters. He had a wonderful, dry sense of humour, and he wasn't afraid to ask the tough questions. Toward the end of his tenure at the Fisheries Broadcast he could have rested on his laurels, but instead kept stirring the pot with a series of essays examining our sacred cows and pushing for change. Rest in peace, John.

- Justin Burnett

I always liked when he asked "sure what's wrong with that?" He asked the questions we all wanted to ask.

- Lana Collins

Rest in Peace John Furlong and sincere condolences to family and friends. Thank you for your unconventional approach and wit.

- Sheilagh O'Leary

We will not see the likes of him again..He was the ever Townie, hosting a Baymen's Broadcast and he fitted right in..While I have NO connection to the Fishery, I became a die hard listener, because of him and his interviewing and hosting abilities..We will miss him..RIP John Furlong....

- Tony Strong

Extending sympathies to everyone at @CBCNL and all listening fans of John Furlong. We've lost a great voice in #Newfoundland

- Faculty of Medicine

@CBCNL very, very sad to hear this. Grew up next door to him & his family, his kids & I used to play together. Always such a nice man.

- Elizabeth Furey

Such a shock this morning to hear about John's passing. He will be missed. For me, he was the epitomy of who/what a journalist should be. My deepest sympathy for his wife and children, friends and co-workers. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time.

- Josephine Gazley

My condolences to friends @CBCNL in losing John Furlong - a true disciple of reliable, honest journalism. A shocking loss.

- Gavin Will

I remember an interview with John last summer at Cape Spear as the humpbacks feed nearby. We were two happy guys.

- J Lawson

Such tragic, heartbreaking news. He will be missed terribly. I had the opportunity to sit and chat with him about Christmas movies in December, on the show, and it was a wonderful time. RIP, John.

- Heidi Wicks

John Furlong first hired me to do an outrageous commentary for the Morning Show and I was hooked. Big voice, big loss

- Noreen Golfman

Sad to hear that John Furlong has passed, he was a great guy and an excellent broadcaster. RIP John. Condolences to his family @CBCNL

- Paddy Daly

John could talk to anyone, whether he was a fisherman from Ramea or a PhD from Harvard, and I never heard a politician on the Broadcast get away with doublespeak or obfuscation. His death is an irreplaceable loss.

- John Taylor-Hood

As an MA student writing on the NL fishery, John Furlong was the best intro to NL culture you could ask for. He will be missed.

- Kate

A true gentleman! Loved listening to him and enjoyed doing the show when he came to my school in December to record our Christmas concert. Rest in peace!

- Kelly Ann Marshall

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of @StBonsAlumni John Furlong. #RIP

- St. Bon's

One of the funniest people I'd ever met, so sorry to hear about his passing.

- John Hong

CBC provides me a circle of friends; that circle has been breached today. John will be missed.

- Andrew Ludlow

John Furlong was a helluva journalist. Some hosts just read the script but he asked the tough questions and spoke his mind.

- Brodie Thomas

@CBCNL So sad to hear of the passing of corner boy John Furlong. My favourite quote said live: Don't wax the stairs, your father's drinking.

- TownieCornerBoy