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John Finnerty Obituary
MONTEREY, CA – John Finnerty, formerly of Arlington, MA, died peacefully July 21, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Eleanor M. Finnerty (Gaddis). John leaves behind his beloved children; Kathleen Chanliau, Paris, France, William Finnerty, Arlington, MA, Patricia Rossi, Monterey, CA, Susan Finnerty, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Mark Finnerty and his wife, Lora of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA; and his cherished grandchildren, Sarah and Timothy Rossi, Vanessa, Pierre and Jessica Chanliau, and Kelly Finnerty.
Born in Somerville, MA, John was raised in Arlington, MA and graduated from Arlington High School. Following high school John worked for AT&T until joining the Army at the beginning of World War II. During the war John was in the Signal Corps and spent time in France, Italy and Northern Africa. After returning from the war John worked for AT&T for 40 years. John was a high school and college soccer, basketball, baseball and volleyball referee. He was the commissioner of the Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Officials Association (EMSOA) for several years and President of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO). John also owned Finnerty's Sporting Goods located in Cambridge, MA. He was an avid golfer, member of Marshfield Golf Course in his youth and later a member of Lexington Golf Club. After retirement John kept busy as a private chauffer and enjoyed attending his grandchildren's school and sporting events.
John and his wife, Eleanor lived in Arlington, MA until moving to Monterey in 2011. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure to have known him. Friends and family are invited to participate in a Celebration of Life Service at Ave Maria Chapel, Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 9:30am; burial services will be held directly after at San Carlos Cemetery.
Published in The Monterey Herald from July 30 to Aug. 1, 2014
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