Raymond E. Finnegan
WILMINGTON Raymond E. Finnegan, 69 a resident of Rist Road, Wilmington died peacefully and in God's Grace surrounded by his family on May 30, 2013 at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital in St. Petersburgh, Florida where he was traveling to a family reunion.He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving from 1966 until 1968, having been wounded twice, he received two purple hearts for his service to his country. A master electrician, he had worked for Don Ward Electric and in his own business- Old Guy Electric, for 28 years he assisted his wife Mary Jane in the operation of the Wilmington Village Pub, Holiday Giving Tree and Twice Blessed Community Thrift Shop Ray loved baseball and was an avid Yankees fan. He was a former member of the Wilmington Lions Club but his real passion was his family and his daily involvement with his grandchildren. Although Ray's last days were difficult, his mission was to see family in Florida and take his family on their planned vacation.Before his last adventure he was able to spend time with many treasured friends. He maintained his strength and humor until the end.He will be sorely missed by his family, including Cortland Wood, his daughters partner, and his community.
He leaves his wife Mary Jane (Quigley) Finnegan who he married on his 50th birthday, September 18, 1993, after living together for 11 years, daughter Marie Finnegan, grandchildren Pacei Len and Lillian Paige, all of Wilmington, nephews Sean Finnegan of Long Island and Thomas Finnegan of Hawaii, Mary Jane's sisters Kathleen Hemson, Virginia Blake, Georgann Quigley and Elizabeth Liscio,and their spouses, nieces Emily Davis, Melinda Dubosky,and their spouses, Jane Erickson, Ashley Hemson, Amie Liscio, nephews Mark Blake, Frank Liscio, George Liscio,several great nephews a great niece and many Finnegan cousins
FUNERAL NOTICE: A service to celebrate the life of Ray will be held at Memorial Hall Wilmington at 6:00 pm on June 17th with a reception immediately following at The Wilmington Village Pub
In recognition of the outstanding hospitality they received the family suggests memorial gifts in Ray's memory be made to the Bay Pines VA Fisher House in care of Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.
To send personal e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on June 15, 2013