Charles "Charlie" Edward Finley, 72, of Enfield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital with his loving family by his side.
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Born Sept. 29, 1941, in Hartford, he was the son of the late Edward F. and Helen (Kimelauskas) Finley. On May 23, 1964, Charlie was united in marriage to his beloved bride of almost 50 years, Judith Kelsey. Together, he and Judy relocated to Enfield in 1969. Charlie proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy and later went on to become owner/operator of JKF Service Inc. in Enfield. Charlie was a very personable man and always had a smile on his face. He was beyond generous and was known to hand out lottery tickets, hoping to make the world a millionaire. He was a very active member of the American Cribbage Congress (ACC), traveling extensively around the country with his family, making friends near and far. He was ranked within the organization as Life Master 1 Star and in 2013 he received the Presidency Award. Charlie was an avid reader and enjoyed watching the stock market. A sports enthusiast, he loved playing golf and teaching his children to play. In his earlier years, he was very active in his children's life from coaching Little League, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts. He also took great risk in being an avid New York Yankees fan in a household of Red Sox fans. Charlie loved life and those in it, especially his family and grandchildren, and he and his famous "WOOF!" will be sorely missed.
Besides his wife, Judy, Charlie leaves behind his four children, Mark K. Finley of Enfield, Dawn Smolenski, and her husband, Jim, of Enfield, Paul "Bear" Finley, and his wife, Melissa, of Agawam, Mass., and KC Finley, and his wife, Stephanie, of Feeding Hills, Mass.; his four grandchildren, Amanda and Allison Smolenski and Nicholas and Owen Finley; his brother, Tom Finley, and his wife, Gail, of Rocky Hill; several loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members, and friends; and his extended American Cribbage Congress family and Grass Roots 72.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield, on Monday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m. for a procession to St. Bernard Church, 426 Hazard Ave., Enfield, for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m.
A visitation for Charlie will be held on Sunday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Charlie's name to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540; or to
(ACS), c/o Amanda Smolenski, 289 Abbe Road, Enfield, CT 06082.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 14 to Feb. 18, 2014
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