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Donald P. Finn(1928-2014)

SALAMANCA - Mr. Donald P. Finn, 85, died early Wednesday morning (July 16, 2014) at Olean General Hospital.
Born Aug. 7, 1928, in Carrollton, he was the son of the late Clifford and Alice Johnstone Finn. He was married on Sept. 21, 1957, to the former Mary Kennedy, who survives. The headline in the Allegany Citizen's paper read "Don Finn Gets Married!"
Mr. Finn was a 1946 graduate of Allegany High School. He went to St. Bonaventure Grade School, which he reported to be a five-mile trip to school, uphill both ways, in the snow.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served from August 1946 to December 1947, serving in Japan, where he learned to appreciate different ethnic dishes such as rice.
He had been employed by the City of Salamanca Board of Public Utilities as a pole jockey for more than 30 years, retiring in 1990. He survived the flood of '72, his bucket truck fire and his 40-foot fall off an electric pole. He admired his retirement clock - it was a reminder of his good times at the Board of Public Utilities.
He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish, Holy Cross Athletic Club, American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post No. 535, the Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Ahrens Post No. 5296, Ancient Order of Hibernians and St. Vincent DePaul Society. He was an unofficial MLB coach (just ask Andy and Matt). He delivered Meals on Wheels for 15 years. He was the proud owner of a "flop house" for teenagers. In 1954, he built, by hand, a structurally-unique cottage at Rushford Lake which, by the grace of God, still stands today.
Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Michele "Shelly" Finn and Cynthia (Mike) Armagost; two sons, Andrew (Linda) Finn and Matt (Eileen) Finn; nine grandchildren, Brad Armagost, Miranda (Jordan) Earley, Hilary Armagost, Ryan Finn, Kelsey Finn LiPuma, Brennan Finn, Dairinn Finn, Keelin Finn and Teaghan Finn; three great-grandchildren, Abigail Earley, Alivia Earley and Owen Armagost-Neri; two brothers, Jim Finn and Tom (Barb) Finn; a sister, Ann (John) Gavin; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two daughters, Rebecca Finn and infant Maureen Finn; and two brothers, John Finn and Clifford Finn.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday (July 19, 2014) in Our Lady of Peace Parish with the Rev. Patrick Melfi, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, or the Scleroderma Society.
Full military graveside honors will be conducted by members of the American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post No. 535 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Ahrens Post No. 5296.
E-condolences may be sent to john@orourke-orourke.com or posted to www.facebook.com/onofh.

Funeral Home

O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc Funeral Home
25 River Street Salamanca, NY 14779
(716) 945-4760

Published in The Olean Times Herald on July 18, 2014
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