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FINNEGAN , Sean P. On January 30, 2008 SEAN P. FINNEGAN, beloved son of Jack and Pat Finnegan, dear brother of Michael Finnegan and Peter Wheeler. Loving father of the late Brian S. Finnegan. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends.
Family will receive friends Monday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. at HARRY H. WITZKE'S FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday 12 P.M. at St. John's Catholic Church, Wilde Lake. Interment New Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Fisher House, Walter Reed Hospital , Washington, D.C.

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Published in Baltimore Sun on Feb. 2, 2008.
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January 27, 2009
Guille (from Argentina):
I know I´m none and nothing here, but if this helpsI would like to say that, Sean has something special, didn´t know him as a person or friend ,neither family. But... when i bought the first vynil from Void, those drums start like galloping in my mind, it´s something beatiful and strong and forious and I think that without Sean , VOID would not be that influencial and energized band.
I´m signing now because I thought abut it all the day (don´t know why)

Sorry if this remember Sean´s lost, but I feel it.

Thank you so much Sean
and my best wishes for all the Finnegan family.
Guille Mauri
January 10, 2009
Dearest Sean, As the year of your absence from our lives draws to a close, know that we will never cease to love and miss you. You are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. I love you. Love, Mom
Pat Finnegan
September 22, 2008
Will miss you, Lost touch over the years when I moved. Prayers go out to Mike and family. Wish I could have come to MD. Sean saved me from a terrible situation once, but had to ride on the back of the bike, going just a tad fast and scared me to death, but I got home safe and sound.
Pam Berkeley
September 2, 2008
Sean, I love you and think of you everyday. I have yet to find words to convey how much you meant to me. I see you and Jake in my minds eye and can only smile and wish for more time.
Mary Pat
Mary Pat Finnegan
June 1, 2008
Mr. & Mrs. Finnegan, Mike and Pete,
I just heard about Sean and I am so sorry. I cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow. Sean was such a nice guy-always greeted me with a smile, a hug and a kind word. I picture him sitting on the chair in your kitchen explaining the latest twist in his movie plot. I can only hope that happy memories of Sean bring you some solace.
Mary Mahaney
April 15, 2008
i will always love you and miss you sean...saving me from school on the bike, the shows in DC & Baltimore..your family..
my love to your family.
you were our best man at our wedding...
and to find that you worked on "the wire"...
so did i..and so did my brother...and we never knew how close we were till the end...memories flush over me like waves..
i will see you next life time..
peace & blessings...
lisa collins
March 30, 2008
I was stunned to hear the news. I had just gotten in touch with another person from back in the day, and he told me about Sean's passing. Void were a huge influence on me, and Sean was a great guy. I hadn't spoken to him in a long time, and was hoping to get in touch when I heard the news. He'll be missed.
Tim MacKenzie
March 3, 2008
Dear Pat and Jack and Mike: I am so sorry that you lost your sweet Sean. I know you miss him so much and will continue to miss him in the years to come. I wish I could ease your pain but I know I can't. Even though we know he is resting in God's arms, it doesn't help because you miss him so. Love to all of you, Jeanie and Lee York
Jeanie York
March 2, 2008
Sean and Jake
March 1, 2008
We read this at sean's grandmothers' funeral on 2/07/02. " If I should ever leave you whom I love to go the Silent way, grieve not, or speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you there. (I'd come---I'd come, could I but find a way ! But would not tears and grief be barriers?) And when you hear a song and see a bird I loved, please do not let the thought of me be sad...for I am loving you just as I always have....You were so good to me! There are so many things I wanted still to do--so many things to say to you....Remember that I did not fear. It was just leaving you that was so hard to face....We cannot see beyond...But this I know; I loved you so--t'was heaven here with you."
Pat Finnegan
March 1, 2008
I heard this recently and loved it.

Do not stand at my grave and weep...I am not there.
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am diamond glints in the snow.
I am the sunlight on the ripened grain, I am gentle autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning's hush, I am the soft upflinging rush of quiet birds in clrcling flight.
I am the soft star shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry...I am not there, I did not die.

This is a native american prayer and
it makes me think of Sean a sort of
unfettered spirit no one could contain

Aunt Peggy
Peggy Shanahan
March 1, 2008
Peggy Shanahan
March 1, 2008
March 1, 2008
I will truly miss you, my little buddy. This poem is for you and for the rest of our family.

To Those I Love and Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears.
Be happy that we had these years.
I gave you my love, but you can only guess,
How much you gave me in happiness...
I thank you for the love each have shown.
But now it's time I traveled on alone.
So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must.
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part.
So bless the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away, for life goes on.
If you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear
My love around you soft and clear.
And then when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and
"Welcome Home".

I love you, my Nov. 2nd cousin. Kathy
Kathy Kaufman
February 29, 2008
Classmate. Bandmate. Brother. It's been a while. I'm thinking of you. Alot.
Chris Stover
February 28, 2008
To Sean, aka RayShaw,
Thanks for all the humor, intelligence, and compassion you brought every time you were around. I knew you as a friend even though we never met face to face. I will always remember you, and someday somewhere we'll meet again. God bless you, brother.
Lance "CST" Deaton
February 28, 2008
Old Pittsburgh punkers loved Void! Rest in Peace.
Big Fan
February 22, 2008
Our deepest sympathies and prayers to you Pat,Jack,Mike and Peter. Sean did what we all try to do. He made a difference as he loved those he touched in any way. The angels have taken him to be with the Lord. There is a song being composed at this moment and it sings of living life and not wasting it. The authors of life have a new co-author of melody and verse. We will be gifted to hear it as we approach the heavenly abode. Thank you Sean for being a brother to my son.
Peter Wheeler
February 21, 2008
I think of the laughter and the joy in Sean's face, he enjoyed having fun. He played the drums like a madman and reminded me of kieth Moon, a nut! It has been many years since I had spent any time with him, and regret not crossing paths since. I played in Black Market Baby where we played and hung out many times and remember the Wilson Center the most. Sean was taken too fast and I hope that his family and friends can take comfort in the fact that Sean was loved and will be missed by us all.
Mike Dolfi
February 19, 2008
Jack, Pat and Mike We are so very sorry for your loss. Sean will never be forgotten, he was loved my many.
David & Kara Phipps
February 19, 2008
I never knew Sean as a person but his work in VOID have helped me alot through the most difficult times in my life...Music is eternal. Rest in peace, Sean.
Joseph Leonardo
February 18, 2008
Dear Lord I miss this man. He was one of my best friends in the world. We shared enough laughter for a lifetime and I am blessed that he is such a huge part of who I am.

One night, at Fletcher's in Fells Point we saw Matt Johnson of The The fame. When he sang "Love is stronger than death" Sean was blurting it out at the top of his lungs. He told me he thought it was such a beautiful song and he wanted it played at his funeral. The words are so powerful and can bring some comfort when we're struggling to make sense of it all:

"...How could you believe that the life within the seed that grew arms that reached and a heart that beat and lips that smiled and eyes that cried could ever die."

Sean will be alive forever in my heart.
Marianne Armand
February 18, 2008
My condolences,
I never met Sean or saw the group Void perform but I first heard of them on Flex Your Head, and also on the Faith/Void release. Life is eternal, so you'll be okay.

Take Care,

Kevin L.

Take Care
Kevin L.
February 18, 2008
I too remember the early 80's with Sean...he was such a fun guy, I caught up with him about 15 years ago at the old 9:30 club...he had matured, but was the fun guy that I always's been a long time, but in my office my favorite photo is of Sean and I at Whisper's in DC's been in my coveted photos for alnost 25 years now...I can't believe he is gone. My heart goes out to his family, and he will always hold a special place in my heart. I loved you Sean~Meloo
Melissa Davis (Wyman)
February 17, 2008
My deepest sympathies are with your family. Even though I haven't seen Sean in over 2 decades, I still think of him often. I will never forget his smile and laugh.
All my love and prayers.
Terri (Preller) Oscar
Terri Oscar
February 17, 2008
Sean never let go and the chore of going on with Sean present inside me and absent everywhere around me will be fraught with both joy and pain. To have travelled roads with such a person was a blessing; to walk on without him shows that fortune is fickle and ahead lie long stretches of Januaries, never straying far from the dark solstice, forests barely seen through partly cloudies, overgrown paths, haunted howls at the far reaches of my hearing. There will, of course, always be light, the same one that illuminated Sean's smile, stories and laughter. At times, I will even feel his hand's grasp on mine. To have known Sean is never to be completely alone again. No one I have ever met in this world had such presence. I thank God/the Fates/nature for awarding me time with this prized son; I will require a lifetime to forgive his being taking away from me. He was a sweet Prince, too pure to keep on dwelling this earthly plane, too kind to ever truly part from me. Goodnight Sean, and, as we used to say, you know exactly how I feel. Yes, I feel exactly the same way. I offer my most sincere condolences to Sean's family and friends.
Emilie Chevalier
February 15, 2008
It was the early 80's I was heading to CBGB's to see VOID when I run into a group of guys lost in Port Authority looking to get to CB's ..who does it turn out to be..VOID lost and running late to get to the show.Couldn't have been a nicer bunch of cats.At the show Sean hammered those skins like he was at war with them. A contained righteous cat when you were rapping with him and a rabid animal while he was hammering out history!.. as John (singer) stated after the show "we left them (NY) scared"..indeed! and would come back again to deepen the effect..John threw his knee out in the beginning of the set with his signature flying kick.You guys were light years ahead of the time! it was 20+ years ago and the memories haven't faded one bit. I'm glad our paths crossed!.. my sincere condolences go out to Sean's family and friends...may you rest in peace!
February 15, 2008
very sad news. i grew up listening to void band in those faraway days of our juvenile rage. a band that i always loved, apreciated and respected. all my dearful comfort and solidarity to his family and dischord family.
mungo from turin, italy
marzio "mungo" bertotti
February 15, 2008
R.I.P. Sean. Void were awesome and The Wire is one of my favourite TV shows. Go neiri an bothar leat.
Dave O'Driscoll
February 14, 2008
I did not know Sean personally, but I can truly say that after listening to Void, I was influenced to pick up a pair of drumsticks and play. I, as well as countless others, thank you for your contributions here on earth, and know that you're up there pounding the drums again.

Rock forth, Mikey.
February 14, 2008
a very sad loss for the family and for music colin a fan from adelaide australia
colin howcroft
February 14, 2008
Sorry to see you go Sean-you'll be sorely missed. Godspeed.
John Piccirilli
February 12, 2008
'You can blow out a candle, but you can never extinguish the fire.'
like we always talked about-it's time to sail on, my brother, sail on into the mystic.
you know i love, you know i miss you, you know i carry you with me always. . .
Peter Wheeler
February 12, 2008
My condolences to Jack, Pat, Michael, and Peter on the loss of your son and brother. I have not been in touch with Sean or any of you for over 18 years but I will always remember the good nature and fun outlook that Sean had on life. He will be missed by many as he blessed many lives. May the Lord bless him and keep him.
Jim Frankenfield
February 11, 2008
My heart goes out to the Finnegans, whose family spirit was a shining light in my young life. Sean was my first real boyfriend, and we shared many laughs, adventures and long talks. I have many fond memories of the times I spent with him and the course of my life would have likely been quite different had he not come blasting into my young world and demanded my time. He was just that way - very bold and mischievous, sure of himself and his ideas, quick to laugh, with plenty of sweetness and a deeply resonant soul. I loved him and his family very much. Sean, your time here among us was far too short for us not to mourn your passing. I'm comforted knowing we'll see you again when our time here is done and we are called Home. Many, many blessings to Mr. and Mrs. Finnegan and to Michael. The world is a better place because you and Sean have been here. You are in my thoughts and prayers. With love, Cindy
Cynthia Holley-Connolly
February 11, 2008
Dearest Sean, "Good night, Sweet Prince, let fights of angles fly thee to thy rest". Sean, you go from love to love. Love,Mom
Pat finnegan
February 11, 2008
my thoughts are with you
mark haggerty
February 11, 2008
The impact you made as a drummer for the one of a kind band Void can not be underestimated. That's how it is. Your inspiration reached over the borders of the US you know. A fan from Sweden.
Karl Lord Karlsson
February 11, 2008
I will miss you Sean.
Aunt Bette
Bette Trump
February 11, 2008
You and your band were an inspiration to me and the rest of the Scream Team!
It was such a joy to hear and watch you mangle those drums with such spirit and passion on those occasions.You will never be forgotten!!
See ya in the Void...
Franz Stahl
February 11, 2008
A kinder man could not be found. You will be truly missed. Thank you for your wit, humor and kindness, you filled the forum with laughter and you were a good friend. May angels carry you home.
February 8, 2008
Prayers and condolences for the family. Christ's blessings to you.
Charles Strauch
February 8, 2008
I wish I had known you, Sean. I only knew you through your engaging posts online, and I am saddened that you are no longer with us. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Anna Voight
February 7, 2008
Sean, it was a pleasure to have encountered you at many of the bulletin boards in which you posted. It is hard for me to imagine those places now without your presence. Your wit and humor and your insights will be missed.
John Larocque
February 7, 2008
Sean was a genuinely friendly, compassionate and good human being. I worked with Sean and his father for a couple of years - never kept in touch but will always remember how much I enjoyed those times and what a great family he was part of. God bless -truly a wonderful person taken well before his time, but take comfort in the positive impact he has made on the lives of many of us still living and otherwise.
Dean Hall
February 7, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss, Sean was a wonderful person. I was one of the people at Walter Reed that he always supported. May he rest in peace.

God Bless
mary gallagher
February 7, 2008
I will never forget the times we had. My thoughts and prayers to Mike and the rest of Sean's family and friends on the loss of such a kind soul.

Tina D.C.
Justine Carpenter
February 7, 2008
I have not been in touch with Sean in many years but I do remember some good laughs with him and the gang in the 80's. I am praying for God's peace and comfort to the friends and family of Sean.
Nancy (Spiegler) Morris
February 6, 2008
Our closest friends are often those with whom we share the most experiences. I shared so many experiences with Sean that it would hard describe to anyone who I am without mentioning him. We will miss his presence, but know his spirit will be with us always.
James Broady
February 6, 2008
Our thoughts are with Sean's family and the DC scene.
smitty smith
February 6, 2008
My dearest Sean-You will always be apart of me as our son Brian is. I know you are with him and he is showing the robes. You have touched so many people and are very special. I love you and always will! Lauren
Lauren Hill
February 5, 2008
Dear Sean THE BSG.55 FRAKHEADS! honnors your memory my dear friend.

So say we all.
David Alexander
February 5, 2008
~Pat and Jack~

I never got to meet you, yet have heard so much about you. Sean loved you both so very much.

I pray for comfort and peace for you in this extraordinarily painful time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Abundant blessings~
Anna Z
February 5, 2008
Sean will be missed by many, his wit, sense of humor and smile were unequalled on the BSG forum. He made me smile even on some of my darkest days.

Mary aka MissMeggles
Mary Garvens
February 5, 2008
You were one of the first posters to talk with me on the BSG forum. WE discussed what type of dog I should get for my autistic son. You were always so insightful, funny and charismatic! You will be sorely missed. Your friend from cyberspace! squirrely1
Susan Fox
February 5, 2008
Sean impacted so many lives with his humor, wit, and music. It's small comfort, but know that he was appreciated by many. My sincerest condolences in this time of sorrow.
Kimberly O
February 5, 2008
Sean, I am so greatful to have had you as a part of my life. Your friendship was truly a gift. I love you :)
Alisia Van't Schip
February 5, 2008
I am very sorry to hear that one of our posters has gone on to the next step, and far too early for any of us to understand why. Sean a.k.a "Raymond Shaw" Finnegan contributed a great deal to our community. His insight, political views and humor helped shape many threads. He was an early contributor to some of the longest running threads and social topic discussions that helped form the general tone of the Battlestar forum; he was also one of the first members I had the opportunity to debate with. My deepest condolences to his friends and family. He left an impression in both the physical as well as virtual world he lived in and with those he came in contact with.

Tell them all Ray and God speed to you.
Cobra Commander
February 5, 2008
I just want to take the opportunity to thank Sean P. Finnegan for making me laugh, for reminding me to keep my friends close...and for showing us all that kindness and respect go a long way. God Bless You RS!
Tina Sena
February 5, 2008
clear sky and a fair wind...
Laura Stewart
February 5, 2008
Sean I am going to miss you so much. My favorite Rhett Butler Pirate. Thanky you for being my friend.
Shae (Shaphie) Whitehurst
February 5, 2008
My heartfelt condolences to Sean’s family.
February 5, 2008
We're going to miss you so very, very much. Agreeing or disagreeing, we always remained friends. Heaven has a strong new angel in its midst.
February 5, 2008
Thank you for making me smile so long and so often. You are greatly adored for your wit and intelligence, and plain good common sense. You will be sorely missed by many, you even managed to touch the lives of people you never met, and that is as fitting a memorial as anyone can ever hope for. God bless.
Ken Dyer
February 5, 2008
To Sean, aka Raymond: From your friend Rachel Faith Anderson. This world is a darker place without your light in it... though heaven itself is now brighter. I take only the small comfort of knowing we shall meet again there. PAX
Rachel Faith Anderson
February 5, 2008
Sean was a poster at the BSG forum and made numberous flash shots regarding the show. His flash shots brought me so much laughter during very difficult personal times that I was brought to tears. I know he was not aware of that when he was here, but now he is.
Daniel Maldonado
February 5, 2008
I can still hear your voice... I love you Sean.
Alisia Van't Schip
February 5, 2008
I didnt know Sean or ever converse with him directly but I saw his regular postings on scifi's BSG forum. He will me missed.
February 5, 2008
There are special people in this world. We all know one.
That person who stands out from the crowd, whose light shines brighter than most, who lights up the room when they enter.
Sean was one of those people.

I have always carried this picture in my head of Sean. Probably had less to do with reality, but based more on some distant memory of some charcter in a movie. Maybe Cary Grant in Father Goose. This funny, wise and eccentric, disheveled reprobate living in a somewhat ramshackled and disreputable little house on the water in some sort of isolated Florida waterway. Having lived fully and on the edge for most of his life, turning away from the madness and finding peace in the quiet.
That is how I will always think of him. That is where he will always live in my heart and in my memory.

R.I.P. Sean Finnegan, you will be sorely, sorely missed, my friend.
Terry Dresbach Moore
February 5, 2008
I hadn't seen Sean in years, but I thought of him often. We had a thousand laughs together and I will treasure those days when we were still teenagers, listening to music and getting into some sort of mayhem. My thoughts go out to the family and friends who have lost such a beautiful soul.
Yvonne Charbonneau
February 5, 2008
Sean's loss is so hard for the many of us who knew and cared deeply about him. He impacted many lives, and he won't be forgotten. Nor will his family and his many dear friends that he was so loyal to -- you are all in my prayers.
February 5, 2008
You always be remembered for who play your music !!!
Michal Kawa
February 5, 2008
His wit and glow will be missed from where ever he let them shine. Much love and light to his family and friends.
Rene' Burl
February 5, 2008
Thank you for the birthday song, Sean. I'm going to miss seeing you at Skiffy, but at least you and Jake will be reunited. RIP and see you again someday.
Sarah Navarro
February 5, 2008
Sean, you were one of a kind and I will miss you so much! Thanks for being my friend. See you on the other side.
Michelle Mark
February 4, 2008
The rhythm section for my zeitgeist has passed away. Much love to your family Sean, and many thanks for being there with us, doing it loud. -WESH/RVHC
WES Harman
February 4, 2008
Void was the greatest band ever.
This is so sad.
February 4, 2008
Nothing but fond memories of his energy, smile, and spirit. My deep and sincere regrets.
Chris Collins
February 4, 2008
my childhood-hero, we'll meet again
Jo Goeminne
February 4, 2008
thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends. void was an amazing band. you will be missed. jason dean
jason dean
February 4, 2008
I never knew Sean, but I know that many thousands of kids throughout the past 25 years have been inspired by the music he made as a young guy. If you measure the importance of a life by the number of other lives it impacts, then Sean did great in his time on Earth. Thanks man.
Anonymous Fan
February 4, 2008
You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Love's
Jo Love
February 4, 2008
Sean's early 80's band Void was excellent and I have been a fan for 26 years. In particular I always admired Sean's impossible/awesome drumming. Best wishes to his family. Thank you Sean!
Rob Warmowski
February 4, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Kate & Gene Freimanis
February 4, 2008
your music influenced me heavily along with so many others, my thoughts are with your family!
February 3, 2008
To a childhood friend who I always looked up to. Rest peacefully.
Kimberly McDougal (Freimanis)
February 3, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
mark & melissa kendig
February 3, 2008
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief.
Fred and Sharon Storck
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