James N. Finn, 88, of Bradenton Fla., and formerly of Holmes Beach, Fla., Erie, Pa. and Findley Lake, N.Y., died on May 16, 2013. He was born on March 11, 1925 in Findley Lake N.Y., the son of Dr. James J. and Katie Bowlin Finn. He graduated from Clymer Central School in 1942 and immediately enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps. He participated in the invasion of Tarawa, Saipan and Okinawa. At the end of the war, he served with the occupation forces in Japan. He was most proud of his service to our country and was pleased to be a part of an Honor Flight, sponsored by the Rotary Club last June, to see the WWII Memorial in Washington DC. Jim retired in 1987 after 24 years with Altman-Hall Associates, where he was a partner, production manager and Secretary â€" Treasurer. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Key Royale Golf Club of Holmes Beach Fla., Olive Lodge No. 575 and the Zem Zem Shrine. He enjoyed many years participating and traveling with the Legion of Honor and the Royal Order of Jesters Court 58 in Erie. He enjoyed reading, was an avid golfer and had a life-long love of the water. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne Larson Finn on Dec. 1, 2012, and two sisters, Helen Shields and Mary Lowenstein. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara J. Proctor, husband Donald, of Erie, a granddaughter, Susan Martino, husband Nick, of Knoxville Tenn., a grandson, Michael Proctor, wife Gretchen, of Falls Church Va., two great granddaughters, Julia and Giana Martino and several nieces and nephews. A service will be held at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 1603 West 32nd St., Erie PA 16508 on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Friends are invited to visit with the family an hour prior to the service at the church. Light refreshments will be served following the service. Burial will be private. The family asks that in lieu of flowers remembrances be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1644 W. 8th St., Erie PA 16505 or to the
. Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard handled arrangements. Condolences and photos may be posted at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on May 21, 2013