Finnegan, Michael Riley Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, died May 24, 2011. He had the sensibility of an Irishman and the heart of a Texan; without him, our lives will never be the same. His infectious laugh and lyrical storytelling could fill a room -- his zest for life was not only contagious it was celebrated by all who knew him. Michael was the first born child to Hugh and Elizabeth Finnegan on July 24, 1937 in Burlington, Iowa. He grew up among five sisters and one brother in the small southeastern Iowa town that is situated on the Mississippi River. In high school, he met Sandra Kuster and they began a romance that resulted in 52 years of marriage, 6 children and 9 grandchildren. Michael graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College where he played football and earned a Bachelor's of English. After college, he moved his family to Chicago and then to Dallas where he worked at the Texas Stadium until pursuing his own business ventures. He embraced an environment that promoted originality and forward thinking and was a successful entrepreneur most of his life. Michael was a life-long Notre Dame Football fan and in 1969 he had an article published in Life Magazine about his love for the Irish. He is preceded in death by his oldest son Kieron. There are no words to convey our sorrow that you are both gone. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 27 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 8000 Eldorado Parkway, Frisco, Texas 75034.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on May 26, 2011