James Vernon Finley
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It is with great sadness that the family of James Vernon Finley announces his passing on February 3rd, 2013 at St. Paul's Hospital.
Jim Finley was born July 14th 1923 at Luseland, Saskatchewan to John Vernon and Pearl (Young) Finley. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years Mabel (Haugen) of Saskatoon, children Marilyn (James White) of Ottawa and Vernon of Luseland; eight grandchildren Nancy (Chris Glover), Allison (Marco Gaudet), Julia (Bob Whitmore) and Eileen White, all of Ottawa, Jason (Andrea Noordman), of Luseland, Tasha (Joe Brennan), of Biloela, Australia, Jarod (Dawna McQueen), of Luseland and Meaghan Finley, of Carnduff, Sask.; and six great- grandchildren Ryan White (Nancy and Chris), Anne and Clara Gaudet (Allison and Marco), Cate and Anna Brennan (Tasha and Joe), and Leighton (Dawna and Jarod), sister Yvonne Meier of Richmond, BC. Jim was predeceased by brother Robert and sisters Letitia (Graybiel) and Margaret (Osborne).
Jim completed his schooling in Luseland. Jim was a war veteran, trained as a Pilot Officer with the RCAF. He was discharged at the end of World War II following hospitalization with rheumatic fever.
Recovered and returning to Luseland, he managed, with Robert, the Finley Brothers hardware, farm equipment and General Motors dealership for the next 20 years. Jim then moved his family to Saskatoon, where he obtained a degree in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. He quickly put his new-found knowledge to practical use in developing the family farm together with his son Vern. Later, grandsons Jason and Jarod joined the business.
Jim will be remembered as an energetic and enthusiastic force, a strong guiding hand to his family, relatives and his many friends. He had a passionate interest in politics and the grain industry, and was a lifelong member of the Canadian Legion. Jim and Mabel made many friends in Calgary and Edmonton, where they lived in the 1970s and 80s, and during their winter sojourns in Victoria, BC.
A private family service and interment will be held at a later date.
The family expresses its heartfelt thanks to Dr. Richard Baltzan and the staffs of the Renal and Palliative care units of St. Paul's Hospital, Saskatoon.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Arrangements are entrusted to the Prairie View Chapel, 242-7884
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2013