William Finch

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William A. Bill Finch, 89, of Swampscott, passed from this life peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Born in London, England on July 4th 1925, he w as the 3rd of four children and the only son of the late William and Katherine (Mackey) Finch. In 1949, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nora Patricia Pat Dorling with whom he shared the next 65 years. He and Pat were long-time members of Clifton Lutheran Church in Marblehead and he was involved with the Boy Scouts, the Red Cross (as a multi-gallon blood donor) and a member of the Marblehead Masons. Raised and educated in Dagenham, England he worked for several years as an engineer for Ford Motor Company. After immigrating to Canada and then to Marblehead where he became a US Citizen, he worked at GTE Sylvania in Danvers. During his 30+ years at Sylvania, he achieved many awards including several patents. He retired in 1986 to spend time with his children and grandchildren and to travel. He and Pat visited parts of the United States, Egypt and Israel, the Canadian Rockies, central and northern Europe, Thailand and China. A long-time resident of Marblehead, he loved the water, the lighthouse and the beaches. He never missed an invitation to go sailing or to walk long the water with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid skier, hanging up his poles at the young age of 82. He was preceded in death by his parents and his three sisters, Eileen, Lily and Joyce, his niece Claire of London, England, and his grandson Brandon Finch of Marblehead. He is survived by his wife Pat of Swampscott, their daughter Ann and her husband Jim Magarian of Peabody, their son Bruce and his husband Keith Reimann of Marblehead, their son David and his wife Nancy of Houston, Texas, their son Mark and his wife Nancy of Moorestown, NJ, their son Scott and his wife Ann Marie of Marblehead and their daughter Laura and her husband Chris Small of Marblehead. He is also survived by his grandson, Dennis Magarian and his wife Erika of Weymouth, MA, his granddaughter Laura Ann Magarian of Revere, MA, his grandsons Robert and Brian Finch and granddaughter Lauren Finch of Moorestown, NJ, grandsons Corey, Kyle and Connor Finch of Marblehead, and granddaughter Eleanore Small of Marblehead. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews in England and Canada. Mr. Finchs Funeral Services was held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Clifton Lutheran Church, 150 Humphrey St., Marblehead at 11:00 A.M. Visiting hours were held on Sunday July 20, 2014 at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., (cor of North St.) Salem from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be addressed to Care Dimensions of the North Shore (Hospice), 75 Sylvan St., Ste B102, Danvers, MA 01923 or the Clifton Lutheran Church Foundation 150 Humphrey St., Marblehead, MA 01945. For additional information or online guest book please call 781-631-8887 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.

Published in The Marblehead Reporter from July 18 to July 25, 2014
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