Neil Francis Finnegan
Neil Francis Finnegan

Cathedral City - Neil Francis Finnegan has passed away at age 88 in Cathedral City, CA after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's.

He was born in Buffalo NY on July 21, 1932. After college he enlisted in the USAF and served 21 years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. After a short stint with computer programming he became a paralegal and worked at Bank of America.

During that time he met his husband Dale and the two traveled the world from their home in Silverlake before moving to the desert. According to his nieces and nephews Neil was the "coolest" most open, empathetic and giving soul you could ever meet.

His Irish heritage was very apparent by the mischief in his sky blue eyes. He will be greatly missed by anyone who ever had the privilege to get to know him.

Published by The Desert Sun from Jun. 6 to Jun. 13, 2021.
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June 17, 2021

I had the opportunity to met Neil in Cathedral City while working with Dale. He was such a gentleman. Dear Dale, I am sorry for your lost, you will be in my prayers.

Adolfo Gonzalez
Adolfo G Gonzalez
June 17, 2021
Neil was the classic model of an incredible volunteer. He volunteered for many years at Desert Regional Medical Center. He was always willing to help others in need and did so with a smile. We found out that we had Buffalo, Bank of America and Los Angeles in common. He was an incredibly classy fellow. His smile will be missed....
Sam Johnson
June 12, 2021
I met Neil in Spain quite a number of years ago, where we were both having a well earned holiday. He was this elegant, sophisticated American gentleman and I was a younger Englishman from London (UK). We hit it off immediately, which was not surprising as Neil was so easy to get on with. We met for pre dinner drinks most evenings and he would tell me tales of his life and we would end up in fits of laughter. It is with great sadness I hear of his death and pass on my sincere condolences to Dale and his Family. Rest in Peace
June 12, 2021
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