NORTH BANGOR – With heavy hearts the family of John E. Finnegan, Jr., 82, announces his passing on Friday (April 6, 2018) at the Alice Center. Arrangements are with the Flint Funeral Home, Moira.
John was born April 28, 1935, in Malone, NY, the son of John and C. Blanche (Mooney) Finnegan. He attended school in Brushton. John was united in marriage with Dawn LePage on July 7, 1956, at St. Augustine's Church in North Bangor.
John lived most of his life on the family dairy farm, established by his great-grandfather James Finnegan in 1859, in Moira, NY. He worked alongside his family while growing up, and later, with his wife, children and grandchildren. The only length of time when John was away from the farm was when he was serving as a private in the U.S. Army Reserves at Fort Dix, NJ. He retired from farming in 2000, and in 2013, he and Dawn sold the farm and moved to North Bangor.
John loved participating in tractor pulls and managed to take home quite a few trophies back in the day, thanks to his Ford 4000 & 5000. Even when he was no longer able to compete, his love for the tractor pulls lived on. He traveled to different events around the region until his health made it too difficult to do so.
John loved gardening. He and Dawn took great pride in the vegetables they grew each year, which they enjoyed giving to friends and family. Even after John moved to the Alice Center Assisted Living Facility due to failing health, he talked about the very large garden he was going to put in at the center.
John had an infectious laugh and all too often would laugh so hard while telling a joke or story that it was hard to make out what he was saying. But everyone listening could not help but laugh with him.
He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 60 years, Dawn; his parents, John and Blanche Finnegan; his brother, Deacon R. Thomas Finnegan; brothers-in-law, Bill Harvey, James Griffin, Bernard Jock, Lyle Martin and Robert Susice; and his beloved pet dogs Muttley and Mikey.
Treasured memories will be forever in the hearts of John's six children, Sharon Niles, Constable; Tammy (Keith) McDonald, Moira; Thomas (Barbara) Finnegan, Corpus Christi, TX; Lisa (Thomas) O'Neil, Cherry Hill, NJ; Jennifer (Alfred) Hollis, Malone; and Paula "P.J." (Conrad) Fassett, Malone; eight grandchildren, Corey Niles; Bethany Harte; Adam Niles; Lindsay Payne; Tristan McDonald; Victoria Hollis; Nicholas Fassett; and Timothy Fassett; nine great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and five step great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his sisters Jacqueline Harvey, Fort Covington; Mary Lou Griffin, Brushton; Phyllis Jock, Moira; Margaret "Peggy" (Martin) Susice, Moira; sister-in-law, Dottie Finnegan, Moira, and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Brushton on April 14, 2018, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Raymond Moreau presiding.
Donations may be made to the Bangor Volunteer Fire Department, as they assisted him on many occasions with kindness and compassion.