John Matthew Devine "Jack" Finlay
John Matthew Devine Finlay Jack Finlay, 50, of Tallahassee Fla., passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 20, 2009. Jack was born May 26, 1959, in Norfolk Virginia, the youngest child of Capt Robert W. Finlay and Ruth Devine Finlay. Jack made lifelong friends wherever he went and as the son of a career naval officer, many of those friendships were forged across the US and Puerto Rico. Jack attended Roosevelt Rhodes HS in Puerto Rico and earned a BS degree from Florida A&M University majoring in graphic design. He settled in Tallahassee, Fla., and has touched many lives in our community. Throughout Jack's 25-year career with the US Postal Service he nurtured a love of acting, art and music. His early work in local theater productions kept his passion for acting alive and over the last several years he established a wonderful relationship with the FSU Film School and has appeared in many student and independent films. His infectious laugh and personality have endeared him to many. They might be coworkers, customers, cast members or crew, but they were all friends. Jack is survived by his four sisters, Catherine Samose of Redding, Conn., Leslie Finlay of New London, Conn., Nancy Bennett of Orlando, Fla., Molly McIntyre of Austin, TX; and by his brother, Robert Finlay III of Ormond Beach, Fla. Jack also leaves behind many cherished nieces and nephews and his many, many friends. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. EDT, Saturday October 3rd, at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Road Tallahassee, FL 32308. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's name may be made to the FSU Film School at the following address. FSU Film School Attn: Fred Salancy 3100A University Center Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2350.
Published by Tallahassee Democrat on Sep. 27, 2009.
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I miss you, Jack. Rest in peace brother, Vaya con Dios.
Audwin Benton
October 15, 2009
I was lucky enough to have attended high school with Jack. What a wonderful guy. My parents had a piano at our house and we spent alot of time listening to Jack play. My thoughts and sympathies to his family and know that he will live in alot of peoples hearts forever.
Shelley Pinsoneault-Vipperman
October 7, 2009
I will always remember you with fondness, my old friend.
mucho amor, mi amigo.
Alicia Benton
October 6, 2009
I also went to high school with Jack...and will always remember him smiling and laughing...he was a wonderful person and will be missed greatly. Condolences to his family and close friends.

Arlene Benton Dean, Hollywood, South Carolina
October 6, 2009
Too soon gone and will be remembered with fondness. Bless his family in this time of sorrow.
Edie McClurg
October 5, 2009
Mr. Cadeetno,
That's what Jack called himself once...."Jack Sprat Could Eat No Fat..." , so if you say that fast it is "Cadeetno." I am deeply saddened by the loss of this friend.

Peace, be still.
Lay your weary head to rest...

Dale Milligan Padgett
October 5, 2009
Jack made the most fantastic St. Nicholas for the children of Holy Spirit Church on St. Nicholas Day. He was a dear man. Heaven will enjoy his laughter. My sympathy to his family, I know you will miss him terribly.
Janet Frawley Outlaw
October 4, 2009
My prayers go out to Jack's family. I know God has prepared a seat for him in that better place, Heaven. I will have him in prayer always.
Ivy Spann
October 3, 2009
Jack and I went to high school together in Puerto Rico. We had some great times. Jack was always in the middle of social situations - it sometimes got him into some trouble. ;o) But his heart was always in the right place. And he made everyone feel special and loved. I know he will be missed.
Tammie Pinsoneault-White
October 3, 2009
Oh, my dear Jack. My tears are still falling. I've loved you since we were kids. I'll never forget the times we shared in Puerto Rico. You brought joy into the lives of those you touched for 50 years. Thank you for the fun visit in Virginia just two years ago. How I wish I could talk to you now. To Jack's siblings and family, I am so sorry for your loss.
Mary-Alice Robinson
October 3, 2009
dear jack, the foot prints you left by a falling wave washed away

but the foot prints you left behind will never go away.

love you forever, kathy
kathy nelson
October 3, 2009
Jack was a great friend in High School, he was such a good pianist that my dad called him Majic Fingers
brett rien
October 1, 2009
Jack touched many people’s lives. I’ll never forget his amazing persona.
Arturo Yepez
October 1, 2009
I helped the officer administer CPR on the scene,and was there untill he was taken away. He has touched my life and my condolences go out to his family
September 30, 2009
Miss you, bud. I am comforted knowing your faith in Christ.
Scott Holstein
September 29, 2009
Jack and I always had a good time whenever we were together on any film set or at an FSU Film School function. His always ready smile was a pleasure to see. A great guy to be around and always willing to help out with any advice or just to listen. I know exactly where he is right now, he's up there entertaining the Angels.
Henry Tisdale
September 29, 2009
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Betty & Steve Barraco
September 29, 2009
God Bless you, Jack. I'll always remember you.
September 29, 2009
Jack's family, He was a blessing to know. He always put his heart and soul into anything that he was working on. He will be missed.
Nancy Suellau
September 29, 2009
Dear Leslie and Catherine,
I was very sad to learn of your younger brother's death. My deepest sympathies to both of you and your families. I will keep John in my prayers. Betty Lutz
September 28, 2009
I meant Jack back in 1990. We went to the same church. Jack was very outgoing and funny to be around. He loved his God and was always telling everybody what God was doing in his life. Jack was an inspiration and well loved by all. Jack wiil be truly missed.
Adrienne Sutton
September 28, 2009
My sincere sympathy goes out to Jacks sisters and brother. He was such a special person and loved you all so much. He always had uplifting words and encouragement for others even when he was needing lifting up himself. He was such a selfless person and will truly be missed.
Susan Dunaway
September 28, 2009
Jack, you will truly be missed! You were an inspiration and a very loveable person. My deepest sympathy goes out to your family.
Charlene Marshall
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Charlene Marshall
September 28, 2009
Jack's exhibited a combination of intelligence, wit, sincerity,and enthusiasm that are truly unique in today's world. I miss him.
Ron Capron (Tallahassee)
September 28, 2009
John Matthew Devine Finlay "Jack" / I called him
jack the giant killer but. he was a gentle giant who gave from his heart
he always a kind word for all .. you are missed
and I know that he's up there going over his lines for that was his passion... to Entertain and put a smile on everyone's face
rest in peace // tony a angelo rodeo calif.
tony angelo
September 27, 2009
You were a joy to know and you lightended the life of everyone around.
Herb Shelton
September 27, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Steven Canfield
September 27, 2009
The surviving sons of the late Dr.& Mrs. Odis Kendrick,Jr. send our deepest condolenses: Odis III, Jim & Bob.
September 27, 2009
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