Michael John Finnerty Sr. (Mickey Finn), 93, of Pringle passed away early Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
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Born June 14, 1919, in Pringle, he was a son of the late Martin and Jenny Nallon Finnerty. Mickey was a member of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kingston.
He married Mary Theresa McGuire Finnerty shortly after World War II in St. Ignatius Church, Kingston, and resided on Cooper Street, Pringle, until her death in 1950.
Mr. Finnerty was part of the Greatest Generation, serving with the Army's 29th Division. He participated in the D-Day Invasion, and he was one of only 10 men in his company of 200 to survive. He fought in several other campaigns leading to the Battle of the Bulge.
During his Army career he achieved the title of European Theater of Operation Lightweight Boxing Champion. He toured with World Boxing Champion Joe Lewis.
He was a self-employed general contractor until his retirement.
Mr. Finnerty was an elected judge of elections for Pringle Borough for more than 60 years, retiring at age 90. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 283, Kingston, and his love for dancing led him to becoming a board member of the Big Band Society of Northeast Pennsylvania.
You could always see Mickey driving around the Wyoming Valley on his beloved Honda scooter until he reluctantly gave up his license at the age of 90.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters, Marie, Claire and Jane Finnerty, Kathleen Finnerty Gibbons and Margaret Kinney; brothers, Martin, John, Gerard and Joseph Finnerty.
Surviving are his children, Michael Finnerty Jr. and his wife, Maureen, Pringle Borough; Gerard Finnerty and his wife, Kathy, Harveys Lake; and Mary Jane Shinko and her husband, Michael, Plains Township; grandchildren, Michael and Brian Finnerty, Pringle; Gerard Finnerty, San Diego, Calif.; Kate Finnerty and her husband, John Krispin, Harveys Lake; Robert Finnerty, Hoboken, N.J.; Jeff Boice and his wife, Donna, Wilkes-Barre; and Michele Donnelly Gouse and her husband, Jeff, Wilkes-Barre; one great-grandaughter, Audrey Finnerty; as well as nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from Maher-Collins Funeral Home, 360 N. Maple Ave., Kingston, with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 339 Maple Ave., Kingston. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Pringle, at the family's convenience. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Condolences may be sent to the family at maher-collins.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2013