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John T. Finn, longtime area resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Our Lady of Peace in Lewiston. He was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada on May 13, 1923, a son of the late Thomas and Vera (Carroll) Finn.
He moved to Niagara Falls as a child and attended local schools, graduating from St. Mary's High School and Niagara University. John served in the United States Army during World War II as a cartographer, making maps of battlegrounds which he would update on a daily basis showing the location of the Allied and enemy lines. The maps were distributed daily to the military to update the Allies of enemy movement and to plan military actions. He received numerous citations including the American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the European: African: Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. After his honorable discharge in 1946 he worked at Moore Business Forms, DuPont, Carborundum and the NYS Department of Health at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Mr. Finn married Theresa R. Rieger in 1949 and they remained happily married for 40 years until her passing in 1989. He was a longtime member of St. John de LaSalle Church where he served as a trustee for over 20 years. He was a member of the Knights of Colombus, the Elks Lodge and the Jaycees and he enjoyed golfing and bowling.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary Louise (Fay) Finn; five children, Patricia (Stephen) Bryan, Kathleen (Les) Kachurek, Maureen (Peter) Sinclair, Thomas (Alexandria) Finn and John (Darleen) Finn; three stepchildren, Martin (Elizabeth Fay, Claire (Kent) Robinson and Janice (Paul) Kwarta. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Keith (Andrea) Bryan, Colleen (Ryan) Liddell, Caitlin Kachurek, Ian Sinclair, Alexander Finn, Julie (Andy) Girdler, Benjamin Finn and Michael Finn; two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Bryan and James Liddell; and his niece, Jodi (Todd) Miller. In addition to his first wife and parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Helen (late Louis) Metzgar.
Friends may call at the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue on Sunday from 3-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 11 AM at St. John de LaSalle Church, 8477 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Our Lady of Peace Activity Department, 5285 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, NY 14092 or to a charity of one's choice.
Published on June 23, 2017
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