Thomas Finnie, 90, of Manchester, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Manchester Hospital.
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Thomas was born on Aug. 11, 1922, in Barre, Vt. He attended Spaulding High School, where he played football and basketball. Thomas electively joined the United States Marine Corps in 1942. As a member of the fourth division, he participated in the battles in Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, Guadalcanal, and Iwo Jima in World War II. Upon returning to the U.S., Tom attended Coyne Institute in Chicago to study electrical theory and application. Thomas worked as a construction electrician for 40 years. Thomas enjoyed sports, especially football, UConn basketball, and baseball, crossword puzzles, current events, and talking with loved ones. Thomas will always be remembered for his sense of humor, even in his final days.
Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, four siblings, and daughter, Gayle Finnie. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; two children, Thomas and Gregory; and three grandchildren, Christopher, Lauren, and Rachel.
A wake will be held at John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester, on Saturday, April 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to MARC Inc. of Manchester, 151 Sheldon Road, Manchester, CT 06042.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Crestfield Rehabilitation Center and Manchester Memorial Hospital for their care and support during the past few months.
For online condolences please visit
John F. Tierney Funeral Home
219 West Center Street
Manchester, CT 06040-4857
Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 4 to Apr. 8, 2013