20 Questions with Guy V. Furray
Guy Furay is owner of the Insurance Source in Greer and a father to two sons, Jackson 13, and William, 8. Engaged to Jamie Day McKinney, he enjoys mentoring children and teens. He was head coach for Simpsonville YMCA Youth Flag Football between 2007 – 2012 and head football coach for the Mauldin Recreation Youth League between 2010 – 2014.
1. What’s the funniest thing one of your kids has ever done?
We had an absolute ball doing our Donald Duck impressions. I can’t do one, and my boys and Jamie howl with laughter when I try. I love to see them laugh.
2. What quality do you most admire in others?
Genuine nature and laughter.
3. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
My uncle had died at a young age, leaving behind eight children. My dad and his sister wanted to give his family some special moments with extended family, so everyone converged on my dad’s childhood home in Omaha, Nebraska. My dad had nine children. The sister who had just lost her husband brought her eight children, and his other sister also had eight children. So 30 people were staying in the house. Floors were covered with sleeping bags, songs were song and games were played. It was an once-in-a-lifetime kind of memory.
4. What do you enjoy about coaching?
I love coaching because I have the opportunity to make a difference in young peoples’ lives. I coached football in the Mauldin Rec League, having had the opportunity to coach alongside some really great folks, including college football Hall of Famer and Gamecock legend Brandon Bennett. We won the (league’s) Super Bowl every year, but it wasn’t even about the success. It was about the opportunity to make a difference in kids’ lives.
5. What’s your dream vacation destination?
I loved Ireland and the nine days that I spent there felt like about 15 minutes. I would love to go back. But, with the winter weather in Greenville lately, I’m thinking somewhere tropical for our next vacation.
6. What’s the best place to take the kids?
I love any kind of activity with my boys, such as going to their baseball games, taking them out to the golf course and introducing them to the sport my dad introduced me to. We also love going to Carowinds, Frankie’s Fun Park and Dave and Buster’s.
7. What’s your super power?
The ability to see the best in situations and people.
8. What is your favorite TV show?
I absolutely love “House of Cards.”
9. When you were younger, what did you want to be?
My family has lawyers and academics mostly. So I wanted to be a lawyer. When I had graduated college and it was time to fill out my first law school application, the first question was “Why do you want to practice law?” I couldn’t answer the question very well, so I decided perhaps I should take another career path.
10. What are your hobbies?
Golf, college football, roller coasters, seeing my boys become better athletes and people, and being outdoors.
11. What is something important life has taught you?
My sister Clare Conall Furay was a brilliant person. She wrote (an essay about living life as if every day is your last) at the age of 17 for a college scholarship application. Her words ring especially true given that she passed away at age 26. She did more than well. She was amazing.
12. What is your favorite family ritual?
This is actually a hard question because my father had so many family rituals. My dad was brilliant and quirky and hilarious. So I would say that on his birthday, and sometimes other days, we remember him as a family by “The Wearing of The Plaid.”
13. What always makes you laugh?
I love to laugh and can even find reason to laugh during the hard times too. It’s about your attitude.
14. What would surprise people about you?
My name is a family name. Guy Vincent Furay. It was my uncle’s name and my grandfather’s name as well. So, being the first son and the second child, my parents named me Guy Vincent Furay. Well, I think that God has a sense of humor as my parents ended up having eight daughters and a guy named Guy.
15. What has surprised you most about being a parent?
My dad was right more often than he was wrong.
16. What’s the best parenting advice you’ve ever received?
Not really advice but rather actions. My dad showed me his passion by his stories and his sense of humor and his traditions. I would do well to try and emulate his example for my own boys.
17. Whom do you most admire?
My dad, Conal Furay, and my sister, Clare Conall Furay.
18. Early bird or night owl?
Night owl. No question.
19. If you could have dinner with anyone, whom would you choose?
Probably my dad, but it would be breakfast. Every Sunday morning after church he would make us pancakes. He did this well into his 80s and showed me a servant’s heart. To this day, pancakes are probably one of my favorite things to eat, and I would love to enjoy them with him just one more time.
20. What’s your signature dish?
I don’t cook well. But Jamie makes an incredible lasagna.