John A. Fink M.D.
1955 - 2020
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Dr. John Alan Fink of Bath, Ohio died on July 13, 2020 at the age of 65, after a 10 month journey with cancer. Dr. Fink was born on April 12, 1955 in Columbus, Ohio to Mildred Fink and Dr. Samuel Fink. He graduated valedictorian from Riverdale High School in 1973, where he was a standout athlete playing both basketball and golf. John was very proud of growing up in Mount Blanchard, Ohio. Mount Blanchard is a small Northwest Ohio farming community where everyone had nicknames and his was "Doc" due to his father being the town physician. John still reunited with three of his high school buddies for an annual golf weekend. While studying microbiology at The Ohio State University, John met the love of his life, Deborah Owens. Their first date was a Bradley Hall Valentine's Day dance. John and Debbie married in 1978 and recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on June17th in Hilton Head, South Carolina. John received his Doctor of Medicine, in 1980 from The Ohio State University. Upon earning his medical degree, he moved to his wife's hometown of Akron, Ohio, where Dr. Fink completed his residency at Akron City Hospital in 1985. While in residency, they welcomed their first daughter, Rachel. In 1986, during his subsequent fellowship in Vascular Surgery at St. Anthony Medical College in Columbus, Ohio, they welcomed their first son Shane. Upon completing his fellowship, John returned to Akron to practice as a vascular surgeon. He and his family moved to Bath, Ohio, where they later welcomed their son, Shawn and their daughter, Sarah to the family. Dr. Fink loved the comradery and lifelong professional and personal relationships he formed throughout his many years at Akron City Hospital, and Summa Health System. Many of his life-long friendships started here. Dr. Fink rose through his profession to become a highly regarded member of Northeast Ohio's medical community, first practicing as a vascular surgeon with Akron Vascular Associates and subsequently with the Summa Health Medical Group. He helped to educate new generations of physicians through his work as a Professor of Surgery at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. He served as Chair of the Hospital Board of Summa Health System, the only physician ever to serve in that role. He also served in many other positions for Summa, including as President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Medical Staff. For the last 10 years he served as Chair of the Department of Surgery and most recently as Vice President of Surgical Affairs & Chief Surgical Officer for Quality. John enjoyed teaching medical students as well as surgical residents and was honored to have once received the "Golden Shovel Award" for outstanding surgical resident teaching. In addition to his medical and administrative career, he was a dedicated volunteer, who believed in giving back. He served on many boards, including the Ohio Public Health Council, the Board of Trustees of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority and the University of Akron Board of Trustees. At the University of Akron, his leadership included service as Board Chairman from 2005 to 2006 and as Chair of the Facilities Planning and Oversight Committee. His dedication and passion led to the closing of city streets to make the campus safer and more student-friendly, along with building a new recreation center and student union. One of his favorite volunteer activities was serving as a coach for Revere Youth Basketball leagues for both his daughter, Rachel and his son, Shawn. A man of many interests, John was also very active in Summit County Republican politics from 1988 to 2000, where he ran twice as a candidate for the Ohio Legislature (1992 and 1994). He will be remembered for his generosity, humility, and dry sense of humor. John enjoyed golf, John Wayne movies, 1950s and 1960s tunes, traveling, his dogs, Ballreich's potato chips and of course Pepsi. John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Deborah Owens; children, Rachel Byerly (Paul) of Richfield, OH and their children Landon and Bryce; Shane Fink (Neena) of Boston, MA and their daughter, Rowan; Shawn Fink (Kim) of Phoenix, AZ. and their sons, Carson and Arthur; Sarah Judge (Billy) of Columbia, S.C. and their sons, William and John Robert. John also leaves behind his two wonderful sisters, Jane Fink-Silvers (Mark Silvers) of Cincinnati, OH and Janet Fink (Carol Barr) of South Hadley, MA; nieces and nephew, Brooke, Grace, and Blake Silvers; an aunt and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Mildred Fink. A memorial service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 31st at Grace Church, 754 Ghent Rd., Bath, Ohio. All are welcome to attend and celebrate John's wonderful life, with social distancing observed and masks required. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to one of the following: Haven of Rest Ministries, P.O. Box 547, Akron, OH 44309 or Steel City Church, c/o Chris Richards, 4279 Winterburn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15207 or for the Dr. John Fink Memorial Fund. This is the church plant being started this Fall by John's daughter, Sarah Judge and her husband, Billy Judge John was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, "Boompa", and friend who will be terribly missed by so many. To share a Memory, Send a Condolence, or Light a Candle, visit the Tribute Wall at (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel)

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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Jul. 19, 2020.
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July 28, 2020
...please know that JoAnn and I were deeply saddened by John’s passing, and we hope that you and your family will find solace in the favorite memories with and about John that you all share. John came into my life as a Board member, but soon became a colleague and friend, and occasionally, a confidant. John made an indelible mark on our memory, and we are so glad we had the opportunity to get to know him, and share time together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ted & JoAnn
Ted Mallo
July 25, 2020
My love and prayers to the beloved Fink family. I have know John since his first days at City/Summa hospital. A great surgeon and friend with so many funny, crazy stories from way back... To growing families and so many wonderful life stories...Gone to soon my friend gone to soon
Bernadette Keele
July 21, 2020
Fink Family,

Doc operated on my brother in 96. it was a serious operation few survived. My brother survived for many years living to the age 0f 77. He passed last year. Dr. Fink and the whole crew at City Hosp. will always be remembered by our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in Peace Dr. Fink.
Jimmy Mathews
July 20, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to all the family. I will miss seeing him at Akron U Basketball games. I was his section usher.
Mary Lou Day
July 20, 2020
Dr. John A Fink was a friend of mine and my vascular surgeon for the past 25 years. The Lord our God gave a big job in keeping my leg viable. He completed 3 surgeries on my leg. I was verily young in my 40s when this came about, and he reassured me he would do his very best, and he did, and I thank him very much. I liked him very much And respected his opinions on my leg and his great warm smile and friendship over the years. I was taking a PVR test He prescribed for me last Monday on the 13th, when he passed on this day as well. Thank you Deborah and family for sharing your husband to give his time for me. God Bless you all, may he give you comfort and strength thru this huge loss of yours. My condolences to you and the family. Joseph Cotton and family.
Joseph Cotton
July 20, 2020
I am sorry to read about John's death. I know he was the love of your life and the children's also. My heart goes out to you. May God give you the strength to make it through this week.
Dorothy Achimasi
July 19, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. My mother was a patient of Dr. Fink, and he performed her vascular surgery. Without his help, we would not have had her with us as long as we did. We were so grateful. Bless you all.
Tanya Zikoski
July 19, 2020
My deepest condolences to you Debbie and your family. John was an amazing man. He was great to work with, loved his sense of humor! He was kind and compassionate. He will truly be missed. May God bless you and your family.
Lilly Schlaeppi
July 19, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
I worked with Dr.Fink at Summa,
he was great Doctor an always so very patient with his Patients, trying to answer all their questions. He will always be remembered our thoughts and hearts.
Sherry Goodrich
July 19, 2020
With deepest sympathy
John and Beverly Earnest
Beverly Earnest
July 19, 2020
Beverly Earnest
July 19, 2020
Debbie and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for all of you. He was a terrific person. My prayers are with you Rip Dr Fink
Jan Hunt
July 19, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this time.
The Staff of Billow Funeral Homes
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