Wayne Finley, son of Monika Finley, was born April 22, 1962, in Frankfurt, Germany. He attended the public schools of Broward County and completed his BS at Rollins College and his MBA at FSU. He was united in marriage to and is survived by Eric Allen, his partner of 23 years. Wayne was loved by many from South Florida to Orlando to Tallahassee to St. Petersburg, where he made his home. His love for creation was perfectly suited to his first career in environmental protection. In later decades, he thrived in positions, including the Grant Administrator in Hillsborough County and the Contracts and Grant Officer for the City of St. Petersburg, where he believed that change was a shared responsibility between the community and city officials. Wayne adored St. Petersburg, and took special delight in being the founding president of the Friends of the Mirror Lake Community Library. Wayne and Eric found refuge at Fort Desoto Beach, where they spent countless hours walking, and Wayne took nearly as many pictures of the sandcastles. His life will forever be cherished by his sister, Charlotte Graham, his niece, Alexis Herod (Scot), his nephew, Nicholas Batt, his mother and father-in-law, Karen and Fred Allen, his sisters–in-law, Sheila Harman (Tork), Brenda Dreessen (John), Sandy Justin (Dan) and beloved nieces and nephews: Sydney, Bond, Tory, Kyle, Megan, Kate, Sam, and great-nephews, Nicholas and Ryker. As well, Wayne is dearly beloved by adopted family Liz, Will, Joey, and Jacob Masterson, and four Westies: Butch, Chloe, Buck, and Belle. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Mirror Lake Library c/o Sandra Allen. Memorial to be held Saturday, January 28th, at Fort De Soto Beach, 3500 Pinellas Bay Way South, Tierra Verda, FL.
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Published by Orlando Sentinel on Jan. 28, 2017.