John J. Finch

February 6, 2020

John J. Finch
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean Conflict

John J. Finch – in Woburn, formerly of Winchester, on Thursday, February 6th, at the age of 83. Beloved husband of 66 years to Elizabeth “Betty” (Garry) Finch. Devoted father of Elizabeth Fulwider, her husband Herman “Tony” of Woburn, John Finch Jr., his wife Linda of SC, Jimmy Finch, his wife Debbie of AZ, Danny Finch, his wife Gladys of CA, Patricia Dulong, her husband Steven of Woburn, Annmarie Spurr of Woburn, Jason Finch of Indiana and the late Martin Finch. Dear brother of Margaret Butler of Burlington, Steven Finch, his wife Shelagh of Groton and the late Richard and David Finch. Cherished grandfather of 28 and great-grandfather of 22, as well as survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, February 11th at 9:00 A.M followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours in the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, Monday evening from 4-8 p.m.

John J. Finch – formerly a longtime resident of Winchester, most recently of Woburn, died peacefully, Thursday, February 6, at the age of 83. He was the beloved husband of 66 years to Elizabeth “Betty” (Garry) Finch.

 

Born in Boston, John was a son of the late Jonathan and Helen (Fitzpatrick) Finch.  He was raised and educated in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School.

 

After High School, John enlisted in the Navy. While stationed in Maryland, John married his longtime love, Betty. After being honorably discharged, John and Betty settled in Winchester, where they started and raised their family.

 

John was a Master Electrician and worked most recently for Moulton and Rivers Electric. He was exceptionally talented at fixing and building a multitude of things, and was also a skilled woodworker, having designed and built their dream home in NH. He also unselfishly helped build and remodel many of his family, friends and children’s homes.

 

After retirement, John and Betty spent winters in Arizona at the Mesa Regal Resort where they made countless friends. He was a member and served as past president of the Baldwin Apple Square Dance Club.

 

John’s greatest love was his family. Together with his wife, they cared for over 49 foster children throughout the years. He was a selfless, generous and caring person with a heart of gold. He will be truly missed.

 

Along with his wife Betty, John is survived and will be deeply missed by his children,  Elizabeth Fulwider, her husband Herman “Tony” of Woburn, John Finch Jr., his wife Linda of SC, Jimmy Finch, his wife Debbie of AZ, Danny Finch, his wife Gladys of CA, Patricia Dulong, her husband Steven of Woburn, Annmarie Spurr of Woburn, Jason Finch of Indiana and the late Martin Finch. Dear brother of Margaret Butler of Burlington, Steven Finch, his wife Shelagh of Groton and the late Richard and David Finch. Cherished grandfather of 28 and great-grandfather of 22, as well as survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

 

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, February 11th at 9:00 A.M followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours in the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, Monday evening from 4-8 p.m. At the families request, remembrances may be made in John’s memory to The American Lung Association, 1661 Worcester Rd #301, Framingham, MA 01701 and COPD foundation 3300 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, February 11th at 9:00 A.M followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours in the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, Monday evening from 4-8 p.m.

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  1. We are very sorry for your loss and thinking of all of you. Love, Paul and Colleen Duran and family

  2. Patricia-Marie Maguire Keenan

    Dear Patty and all the other wonderful family members. I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your dear father/husband/grandfather. May his memory be eternal and all the wonderful memories provide you with peace. To a man that had a life well lived and made the most of the “dash”.

  3. Though we never had the opportunity to meet, knowing his loving, caring son John Jr that he raised so well let’s me know what an amazing man John Sr must have been. My sympathies to his full and remarkable family as you grieve his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. I’m so sad to hear this news… Some of my youngest memories were of this man. A family man. Who I remember “baked” me surprise birthday cake in his work shop in the basement (my 4 year old mind) when I thought no one knew or remembered. Memories of seeing him hanging Christmas lights and Santa with his rain dear outside the window in Winchester, long rides to Main where where I had my fist experience in a rowboat in the ocean under the warm summer sun. Lighting fireworks under the stars and New Hampshire where I spent many weekends seeing him build a house, keeping warm by a wooden stove. A man I never feared who spent time in the back yard working while I played in the grass, who took time to give hugs when I needed them most and applied bandaids to my knees from falling off a skateboard, A man with his wife who came to visit years after my siblings and I years after we left their home to our mother.
    These memories i have cherished through the years and will cherish for the rest of my life… Betty Garry-Finch my heart aches for you and your family, my thoughts and condolences are with you all. ❤️

  5. Our deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one…We pray for your comfort and peace through these difficult times.
    We’ll always cherish the wonderful memories of a great man, RIP dear friend…
    -Gloria & Manny – Mesa Regal

  6. Suzy & Greg Layman

    We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends. May you have peace knowing he is forever in your hearts. God bless all.

  7. I love you grandpa, may you rest in peace. We will never forget your amazing accomplishments and all the memories you have given me.

  8. I love you dad may you Rest in Peace.Thank you for the good memories I will never forget you.

  9. Stephanie Ponce

    Grampa, thank you for all the good memories. I will never forget your kindness and encouragements. You will forever be in my heart and i promise to share all our memories to the kids as they grow up. We love you so much!

  10. To the entire Finch Family I am deeply sorry for your loss John was like a Grampy to me growing up with Heather,Kevin,and Chrissy I will cherish the memories! ❤️ Love Leanne Estano

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