ALLEGANY - Carl J. Finley, of 3974 Route 417, passed away Friday (April 18, 2014), at Absolut Care of Allegany, surrounded by his loving family.
Born on Aug. 16, 1928, in Pekin, Ill., Mr. Finley was enlisted in the U.S. Army
from 1945 to 1947. He was later employed at Dresser Industries as a purchasing manager, from which he retired Sept. 30, 1983.
He was a founding member of the Mini Buck Lodge in Alma. He was also a member of the Cowboys, Allegany American Legion Post No. 892; the Elks Lodge; the Eagles of Bradford, Pa.; Pine Acres golf course in Bradford and St. Bonaventure Church.
Mr. Finley was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting, gardening, euchre and cribbage. He loved to travel, especially to Florida for the winter. For 16 years, he drove the Veterans Administration van for veterans.
Surviving is his loving companion and soulmate of 35 years, Barbara Matheson; three daughters, Debra (Daniel) Cottone of West Henrietta, Peggy (Stephen) Reitz of Allegany and Cynthia (Philip) Pfeifer of Lavonia; six grandchildren, Michael Cottone, Elizabeth Cottone, Timothy Reitz, Alex Reitz, Justin Pfeifer and Lauren Pfeifer Partridge; three great-grandchildren, Jonathon Reitz, Matthew Reitz and Luna Mayta-Reitz; a sister, Hilda Billings; his former wife, Nancy Finley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Mildred Gayton; and two stepbrothers, Dwayne Finley and Guy Wilber.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m., May 9, 2014, at the Casey, Halwig
and Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. May 10, 2014, at St. Bonaventure Church in Allegany. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the
, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016; Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; St. Bonaventure Church, Attn: The Bridge; or Absolut Care of Allegany.