Gerald P. “Jerry” Finn

October 4, 2007

Gerald P. “Jerry” Finn

GERALD P. “JERRY” FINN – of Somerville, October 4th. Beloved husband of the late Joan C. (Lucas) Finn. Devoted father of Gerald P. Finn and his wife Kathleen of Salem, Carol V. Beckwith and her husband Robert of Woburn, Sharon L. Kokoras of Peabody and her late husband Nicholas, and the late Robert S. Finn. Dear brother of the late Stephen, Valentine, Raymond, and Mary Finn. Loving grandfather of Gerald P. Finn, Lauren, Carolyn, Thomas and Valerie Beckwith, and Jonathan and Christopher Kokoras, and great-grandfather of Patrick and Ashlyn Finn. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, October 8th at 8:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment in Brookdale Cemetery, 86 Brookdale Avenue, Dedham.

OBITUARY:

Gerald P. Finn, a longtime resident of Somerville, passed away peacefully in Stoneham Thursday morning, October 4th, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Joan C. (Lucas) Finn.

Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland eighty-three years ago, he was the son of the late William F. and Ellen (Collins) Finn. He attended schools in Canada before coming to the United States, where he took up residence in Somerville. He and his wife Joan raised their family there, and in early years he worked for the former Happy Home Bakery as a bread delivery truck driver. He later went to work as a candy maker for Welch’s, a company later taken over by Nabisco. His claim to fame was that he made the giant “Sugar Daddy” presented to Bobby Riggs by Billie Jean King at their infamous, nationally televised tennis match in 1973.

After retiring in 1986, Jerry went to work as the first male crossing guard for the MDC. Stationed at Mt. Auburn Street and Fresh Pond Parkway in Cambridge, he enjoyed the daily interaction with the schoolchildren and truly loved his job, which he held for a number of years.

His grandchildren were very special to him, and he particularly loved taking them to the playground when they were young, and being involved in their interests and activities. He was also an avid Red Sox fan.

In addition to his wife Joan, who died over ten years ago, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert S. Finn, his son-in-law, Nicholas Kokoras, three brothers, Stephen, Valentine, Raymond, and a sister, Mary Finn.

Surviving are a son, Gerald P. Finn and his wife Kathleen of Salem, two daughters, Carol V. Beckwith and her husband Robert of Woburn and Sharon L. Kokoras of Peabody, seven grandchildren: Gerald P. Finn, Lauren, Carolyn, Thomas and Valerie Beckwith, and Jonathan and Christopher Kokoras, and two great-grandchildren, Patrick and Ashlyn Finn.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, October 8th at 8:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9.

Interment will be in Brookdale Cemetery, 86 Brookdale Avenue, Dedham.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.

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  1. Der Sharon, Jerry and Carol;

    We are so sorry to read of the passing of your dad. I am sure your mom, brother and the rest of his family are very happy to now have him with them.
    Remember in your sadness the happiness he brought to so many.

    Love, Louise & Stan Zuk

  2. Randy & Geraldine

    Jerry, Sharon, & Carol

    Uncle Jerry will always remain in our hearts with fond and loving memeories. I have so many memories of Aunt Joan & Uncle Jerry coming home and the one thing that I will always remember his bag of grocries from the duty free shop. There is so much more to say but always know that he was truly my favorite Uncle and he will be missed. Always remembered and loved.

    Randy & Geraldine

  3. Sharon, Gerry & Carol

    We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Jerry passing but know that we have very fond and loving memeories of him and Aunt Joan . I will always have them in my prayers. My fondest memory is when Uncle Jerry would always have a cup of rum. We know that he is in a better place.

  4. Cyril and Agnes Hearn
    I have so many fond memories of Uncle Gerry that I will treasure forever in my heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family in your time of grief.
    Love Agnes

  5. Lynn & Sal Diluciano

    Jerry and Sharon

    We would like to pass on our condolences to you and your family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. My memories of Uncle Jerry will always be forever in my heart.

    Sending all our Love.

  6. The Finn Family
    I was so sorry to hear about your DAD (Uncle Jerry). I’m sure you know he is in a good place now. There is a few happy people with him right now having a nip or two. We all have lots of happy memories of your dad, and mom. My prayers are with all of you , and for your mom and dad. Take care. All my love. Helen

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