William O. Finch

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William O'Brien Finch, 85, of Westminster, died peacefully and went to be with the Lord Jesus on Monday, August 8, 2016 at the Carroll Hospice Dove House surrounded by his children. "Bill" Finch was the son of Catherine Rohr and William Joseph O'Brien, his father, who died when Bill was six years old. His mother remarried to Alvah H. Finch and moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa. Upon returning to Baltimore, he spent his junior high school years at Govans St. Mary's Roman Catholic School where he was recruited by Loyola Blakefield High School to play football. He was an outstanding athlete in baseball and football. Bill was the starting halfback on the football team and was nicknamed "Twinkle Toes Finch" by one of the Baltimore newspapers. He also earned all Catholic, all Maryland and the newspaper Baltimore Posts "Best Bet," a forerunner of the athlete of the year. Loyola's football team was invited to play in the Sugar Bowl in the New Orleans, Louisiana in his senior year against another of the south's outstanding Jesuit schools. Meanwhile, his parents moved to Carroll County and opened the John Deere farm implement business at Medford. During that time, Bill played running back for the Carroll County Merchants - a semi pro football team. While playing Frederick, the coach of Mt. St. Mary's College football team noticed the Merchant halfback, and recruited him to play for the college. His time at Mt. St. Mary's College, however, was cut short due to beginning of the Korean War and the Mount's decision to drop its football program, thus terminating Bill's scholarship. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to Flight Training Squadron 3745 at Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Texas. During his first leave, he returned to Westminster in 1951 and married Bette Anne Jackson (Jackie) who was in her final year of Towson State College (now University). After 4 years, he completed his tour of duty and was honorably discharged in 1955. He returned to Westminster to become the sales manager of the family farm machinery business of Finch Services, Inc. He is survived by five children and their spouses, Deborah and William O'Brien Finch, Jr., of Westminster; Linda and Bradley Jerome Finch of Hanover, Pennsylvania, Sherry and Dann Jackson Finch of Westminster, Terry and Ray Phillips Finch of Westminster, Jeffrey and Kelly Ann Beringer Finch Johnson of Annapolis, 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by "Jackie" his wife of 63 years, his son Joel Chadwick Finch, his parents and sister Jane Quigley. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the PRITTS FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 412 Washington Road, Westminster, MD. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Crosswind Church, 640 Lucabaugh Mill Road, Westminster, with Pastor Steve Dawson officiating. Interment will follow at Meadow Branch Cemetery, Westminster, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agricultural Drive, Westminster, MD 21157.

Funeral Home
Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Aug. 9, 2016
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