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Oliver L. Finn, age 87, of Harborcreek Twp., passed away Friday evening, February 14, 2014 at UPMC Hamot, surrounded by his family. He was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y. October 13, 1926, son of the late Robert L. and Charlotte Steingrebe Finn.
Oliver graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1944, and he was a World War II
veteran having served with the U.S. Army
in Europe. After the war, he graduated from Coyne Electrical School and The American Television School in Chicago, Ill. On May 12, 1951 he married Joyce Buck at Sacred Heart Church in Niagara Falls. A few months later, they moved to Erie, PA, to join the engineering staff at WICU-TV. He was a nighttime supervisor for over 30 years before his retirement in 1992. He wintered in Florida for several years and enjoyed motorcycle races and NASCAR races at the Daytona Raceway. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Robert Finn of Lewistown, N.Y., and an infant sister, Lois Finn.
Oliver is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce Buck Finn, a daughter Kathleen (Thomas) Newhouse of Erie, three sons: Michael Finn of Cochranton, Pa., Patrick (Marie) Finn of Erie, and Sean Finn of New York City, N.Y. Also seven grandchildren: Ashley (Nathan) Mancine of Cranberry Twp., Lesley (Eric) Leehan of Erie, Thomas (Micah) Newhouse of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Zack Newhouse of Erie, Travis (Stephanie) Finn of Waterford, Tyler (Andrea) Finn of King's Bay, Ga., and Katie Finn of Erie, and four great-grandchildren: Levi Oliver Finn, Olivia Finn, Benjamin Leehan and Nina Mancine.
Family and friends may call at the G.R. Bailey Funeral Home, 4396 Iroquois Ave., Lawrence Park, Tuesday February 18, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Private burial will be in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.
Bailey Funeral Home
4396 Iroquois Ave
Erie, PA 16511
Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 17, 2014