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1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Dr. George D. Finlayson

MANSFIELD: Dr. George D. Finlayson , 90, of Mansfield, Ohio passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016. He was born on April 27, 1926 in Akron, Ohio to the late Hugh and Hildegarde (Waugh) Finlayson.

Having lived for nearly 60 years in Mansfield, George had the opportunity to see his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren thrive. He had fun names for nearly everyone and he will be remembered fondly for his dry, smart sense of humor. Near the end of World War II, at the age of 17, fibbing to the recruiters, (because as he put it, "there was no way I was not going to serve"), he enlisted in the Army. His stint in the waning days of the war took him to the Philippines and Japan as a topographer. Returning to school on the GI Bill, he graduated from the University of Missouri. Following his dream of becoming a physician, he entered the Case-Western Reserve University Medical Program. While in medical school he met the love of his life, a young nurse named Betty Walker. Together they made their way to Mansfield in 1957, where they raised and nurtured six children, ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. In his many years of medical practice, George was most proud of introducing to Mansfield General Hospital (OhioHealth) the fledgling field of echocardiography. He treated his patients with the warmth of a friend and his friends with the concern of a doctor.

A lifelong collector and knowledgeable antiquer, George was well known among national experts on Civil War memorabilia. He and Betty were avid collectors and ran their own antique business for years. George was a wonderful combination of serious and silly. He was a man willing to grow with the times, yet his love of "snail mail" gave him deep connections to many friends and family. He was a loving husband, a giving father and a friend to many.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty; son, Douglas (James Brooks); four daughters, Beth (Phil) McClain, Jean Finlayson (Larry Mandarino), Ann (Larry) Marquis and Julia Finlayson (Randy Teets); grandchildren, Kimo Wills (Natalie Wang), Dan (Heather) McClain, Megan McClain, Susan Mandarino (Amie Poda), Karen (Louie) Galvan, Scott Mandarino, Steven (Jaime) Mandarino, Ian Marquis and Carly Marquis; "Poppa Zimpelmeyer" to his great-grandchildren, Alexis, Lillian, Jackson, Harrison, Luke, Lily, Michael, Abigail and Olivia.

In addition to his parents, his was preceded in death by a brother, Stuart Finlayson; son, Paul Finlayson; and grandson, Tim Brooks.

Family and friends may call on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the Diamond St. Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St. Mansfield, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. where a funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Rector Emeritus David S. Sipes officiating. Private burial will be held in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the donor's choice.

Words of comfort may be expressed at www.wappner.com
Published in the News Journal from Oct. 15 to Oct. 19, 2016
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