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Phyllis A. Finlay, 84

WORCESTER - Phyllis A. (Burke) Finlay, 84, of Worcester, died Sunday, September 16, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.

Her husband John R. "Jack" Finlay, died in 1997. She leaves her four children, John E. "Jay" Finlay II and his wife Maureen C. Finlay, Jacqueline A. Grady and her husband Michael P. Grady, Kathleen A. Granger and her husband James P. Granger, all of Worcester, and Maureen M. Finlay of Brewster. Phyllis, Nana, or Nanny as she was called, had eight grandchildren who meant the world to her. One grandchild, J.J. Granger, predeceased her in October of 2014. She leaves Sean, Kara, Thomas and Patrick Finlay; Michael and Michaelea Grady; and Timothy Granger. She also leaves two sisters, June Philbin of Warwick, R.I., and Patricia Moses of St., Louis, Mo., and many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was born in Dorchester, daughter of John H. and Helen Julia (Jones) Burke. Her childhood was spent in the Savin Hill neighborhood of Dorchester and in the Worcester area.

Phyllis was a graduate of the former Classical High School in Worcester. She was a bookkeeper at Mass Electric Co. in Worcester for about ten years before starting her family. Phyllis had her own custom window treatment business and held a real estate license.

She was a member of Christ the King Parish and a longtime member of the former St. Charles Borromeo Parish. She spent summers on Turkey Hill Lake in Rutland at the family cottage where she was famous for her epic cookouts. In later years, she spent a lot of time on Cape Cod and in Maine. Her favorite day was Christmas. She loved sitting with the whole family at the long dinner table, filled with prime rib, delmonico potatoes, and laughter.

Phyllis' home was always open to family & friends. She taught her children grace, manners, and the power of unconditional love combined with a sense of humor. She cherished her time playing board games with her grandchildren and teasing them. She always looked forward to dinner dates with her children. Phyllis enjoyed many days with her grand-dog Dixie, sharing bacon and Days of Our Lives episodes.

Her final words to her children were "I love you all, and I will miss you all."

Calling hours are Thursday, September 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Friday, September 21, from the funeral home with a Mass at 11 a.m. in Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant St., Worcester. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the J.J. Granger Memorial Football Scholarship Fund, in care of Berkshire Bank, 560 Park Ave., Worcester, MA 01603.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Sept. 18 to Sept. 20, 2018
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