PENN YAN - Burton E. Fingar, 78, of Penn Yan, N.Y., passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital on July 18, 2013. Per his wishes, there will be no formal funeral services. There will be a memorial service on Saturday (July 27th, 2013) at 1 p.m. at the Penn Yan Moose Lodge on East Elm St., Penn Yan, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Burt's memory to Keuka Comfort Care Home at PO Box 107, Penn Yan, NY.
Burt was born in Penn Yan on January 1, 1935, the son of Kenneth and Mildred (Orr) Fingar. He was a graduate of Penn Yan Academy, where he was a standout member of the basketball team, and in 2011, Burt was an elected member of the inaugural class of the Penn Yan Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. Burt worked as a union carpenter for many years, and in 1985 established his own business, "The Wood Doctor", which he operated until his retirement. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, a lifelong member of the B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge
, the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters, and Penn Yan Moose Lodge #2030, where he held several offices including Governor. Burt enjoyed following Syracuse Orangemen basketball, loved the NY Giants, and was a lifelong diehard Boston Red Sox fan.
Burt is survived by Gail, his loving wife of 58 years; children Jeffrey (Carla), Kimberly (Ric) Soares, Barry (Karen), and Tamara Fingar Boulter; his grandchildren Haley (Bill) Barrar, Troy (Meghan Robinson), Megan, Aaron, Adam, and Brittany, Taylor, and Paige Boulter; his sister Bertha (George) Havens; several nieces and nephews, and many close friends.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com