Joseph "Joe" A. Finan Jr.
Finan, Joseph A., Jr., age 87, of Cranston passed away peacefully after a brief illness at Fatima Hospital on February 2, 2013, with his children at his side. A lifelong Cranston resident, he was the loving husband for 59 years to June (Mann) Finan. Born in Providence on December 20, 1925, the son of the late Joseph A. Finan and Louise (Kenney) Finan, he was a graduate of Clark University in Worcester. Besides his wife, he leaves four children, Joseph A. Finan III, also of Cranston, Eileen Finan of Lexington, Massachusetts, Mary Lou Finan of Clay, New York, and Michael Finan of Vienna, Virginia. A devoted grandfather and uncle, he also leaves five grandchildren, Meaghen, Patrick, and Jake Finan and Nathaniel and Danielle Kerr, as well as six nieces and nephews and their children. In addition to his family, he leaves many dear and devoted friends and neighbors on Hersey Road. He served during World War II in the Navy as an air traffic controller. In college, he was a cross-country runner and studied business, with a special interest in management and labor relations. Following graduation, he worked for the former New England Telephone and Telegraph Company (now Verizon) for thirty years as a sales manager. He was the President of the Cranston East Band Boosters Club and with his wife June chaperoned a high school trip to Huddersfield, England. He lived a full and loving life and will be remembered for his gentle manner and many kindnesses to his family, friends, and neighbors. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday February 6th at 11:00 am in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday February 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
Judy Bohn - 02/03/2013
So sad to hear that my dear friend, neighbor is gone! He was so kind to me while I lived across the street! He helped me out with things when Michael was out of town and we enjoyed many breakfasts at T's restaurant! My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time!
The Biagioni's - 02/04/2013
Joe will be missed by everyone on Hersey Road. Being his neighbor for over 24 years he became part of our family. I always enjoyed the flowers and candy he would bring me, or how they always knew when it was Matt and Nicks birthday. The dog bones he would buy so June could give our dogs their daily cookies. And we can't forget about Joe's stories when he talked about working at the phone company, spending time on Prudence Island when the kids were younger. Joe was a sweet caring man. Joe we love you and will miss you... our hearts are broken but your memory will always stay in our hearts.
The Villatico family - 02/04/2013
We extend our deepest condolences to June and family on the loss of Joe. He was a dear friend and a good neighbor to all of us over the years. God bless Joe.
Brian and Lynn Kent - 02/04/2013
Our deepest sympathy and empathy to you and your family, June.
He is strong and whole again in Spirit and loving the energy he once again has. May God bless you and your family in your time of grief.
Linda and Kevin O'Malley - 02/04/2013
Our deepest sympathies to you, June. You are in our prayers during this difficult time.
God bless you and your family.
Sue Judisch Smith - 02/04/2013
So sorry to learn of your father's passing. He was a wonderful,kind man. God's blessings and comfort to you all.
David Humphrey - 02/04/2013
June, My love and condolences to you and your family. Joe has gone to be with the Lord and will be missed by many. Whenever I was with Joe I learned a lot, he was a wealth of information. There are many happy and positive memories of you and Joe in our lives. Blessings to you.
Janet Hartman - 02/04/2013
Joe was such a sweet man, filled with quiet humor and devotion to his family. I'm sure there are many good memories to review and hold dear. I'm sorry for your loss, June.
Erika Aberg - 02/05/2013
Hey June! I'm so sorry to hear Joe passed!!! I hope you are well!!! I love you both lots, and I know you have a lifetime of full great memories with Joe! May the memories stay alive! Joe always was so sweet and kind to me, and I know he was so supportive and loving to you, as well to everyone else he knew. Both of you are always in present life and in loving memories with me! Lots of Love, Light and Blessings to you and Joe!!!! xoxo
Paul Durfee - 02/05/2013
Joe was a fixture at the hardware store before, during and after his employment here.He was a positive role model for all who knew him. I am a better person for knowing Joe.
rusty waters 02 05 13 - 02/05/2013
Joe was my pal at DURFEES for many years. He always had a smile and joke. One time Joe took out his dentures and asked me to hold them while he weaved and bobbed with another coworker.He said he would always have my back.Im sure Joe still does.I love him and miss him. May God grant the peace he deserves
Mary Aberg - 02/05/2013
June - So sorry to hear about Joe's passing. Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. Every blessing.
Ray Hayden - 02/08/2013
My Sympathy to the Finan family. I met Joe during WW II when I worked at his fathers Bingo Hall and Joe was In the Navy. Through the years we ran I to one another frequently in downtown Providence or Cranston(Rolfe St usually) I always enjoyed talking poltics or sports or life in general with him.