Howard F. Finn Jr.
1949 - 2010
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Howard F. Finn, Jr., 61, a Dutchess County resident since 1981, formerly of Westchester County, died suddenly on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Peekskill.

Born in Brooklyn on August 31, 1949, he was the son of the late Howard and Geraldine Hayden Finn.

After graduating from High School, Howard enlisted in the U.S Navy where he spent time as a submariner aboard the USS Thomas Jefferson, a nuclear submarine. At the time of his honorable discharge, he was a Radioman 3rd Class.

He attended Manhattan College and later entered the New York State Police Academy. He served the New York State Police for 22 years, retiring as a Technical Sergeant in 1996.

He was recently employed by Campbell Freightliner of Orange County, LLC in New Windsor, where he worked as a sales representative.

His community involvement included membership in the New York State Police PBA and SubVets of America.

Howard is survived by his son Sean and daughter Erin, both of Poughkeepsie; his brother Thomas of Red Bank, NJ; his sister Elizabeth McNally & her husband Patrick of Bellerose Village, Long Island; his sister-in-law, Deborah Finn of Westfield, NJ; his former wife, Renee Finn of Poughkeepsie; his aunt, Rosemary Butschere of Newburgh; his cousins, Melanie & Mike Fescoe of Newburgh and Anne & Brian Runkle of Charlotte, NC; and his niece and nephew, James & Stephanie Finn of Westfield, NJ.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction.

The funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home officiated by Rev. Msgr. Joseph Martin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30 Fund, Inc., 120 State Street, Albany, NY 12207 or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

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Published in Poughkeepsie Journal from Dec. 31, 2010 to Jan. 1, 2011.
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December 25, 2019
Miss ya Howie
Terrance Revella
January 3, 2011
My condolence To Liz & Pat and the rest of the Finn family it was a sad day to hear of Howie's passing I had few good times with him in Brooklyn and Budd Lake,NJ
Jim Farrell
January 2, 2011
Our deepest condolences and sincere sympathy.

Howie's gusto and enthusiasm for life will be missed by all. May St. Patrick find him a cheerful partner in the celebration of eternal joy. When it rains, it can only be the tears of heaven's angels hardy laughther as Howie shares a joke with St. Michael (the patron saint of policemen) and you all.

Remembering a fine Trooper.

Jack and Jeanne Gensch
Jack Gensch
January 2, 2011
Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you Erin, Sean, and Renee. Our hearts break for your loss. I remember Howard always being there at the children's shows, school functions, etc. He was a great guy and always made us laugh. He will be missed very much by all the people he has touched in his life and will be fondly remembered. With love and deepest sympathy from The Baril Family.
Rhonda Baril
January 2, 2011
We would like to send our condolences to a good friend and great trooper. We will mmiss you Howie.
Terry Revella
January 1, 2011
I'd like to extend my condolences to the friends and family. Patrick Foote & family
Patrick Foote
January 1, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with Renee, Erin,Sean and the rest of the Finn family during this time of great loss.
The Gooding Family, Dunedin, Florida
Robert Gooding
January 1, 2011
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of a former "brother". I knew Howie when he was stationed in Fishkill. My condolances go out to his family. RIP Rich Williams, Retired Chief of Police, Beacon NY PD
Rich Williams
January 1, 2011
Rich Williams
December 31, 2010
A former police friend, even though we lost touch thru the years. Howard will be sorely missed. He always remained professional and had a friendly word for all. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the loved ones of Howard's family.

George Brazzale, Las Vegas
Nevada State Police
retired from the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1997.
George Brazzale
December 31, 2010
To the entire Finn family. It was my honor knowing Howie, and having him as a part of my family. My love, prayers and thoughts go out to all of you.I have many wonderful memories of him, and he will be deeply misses. With love Mia Ragonese and Family
Mia Ragonese
December 31, 2010
The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any man's death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.
fjohn reinke (mc1968)
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