Visitation at Main Service
Obituary of John J. Finnegan
John Joseph Andrew Finnegan
On November 11, 2018 John left this earth to join his brothers Joe and Bill on their "Forever Fishing Trip." He was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 7, 1932, the son of the late John and Mary Finnegan (née Quigley.) He is survived by his brother Mike (South Harrison, NJ) and many adoring nieces, nephews, extended family, and close friends.
A graduate of West Catholic High School in 1950, John joined the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably in the Korean War until 1953. He returned from the war and married his sweetheart Peggy (née Dreger) in 1958. They started a home together in Southwest Philadelphia. John lost Peggy to pneumonia during the Christmas Season in 1971 and spent the rest of his days raising (wrangling) and guiding (disciplining) his four rambunctious children with the help of his Mother (Nana.)
John was an electrician for PGW ("Pretty Good Workers") until his "career change" in 1993. He then moved to Stratford, NJ where he became a full time Pop Pop and lived happily under the loving care of his devoted daughter and son-in-law, Maggie and John Hampshire. He spent his last 25 years as the Chief of Creativity in their happy home.
Always a closet artist, John began woodcarving as a member of the South Jersey Woodcarvers Club during his later years, winning awards for his realistic wildlife carvings. But his favorite subject by far was Santa. Every year he would lovingly create a new ornament for each of his grandchildren. Our Christmas trees are filled with his unique treasures. Before he passed, he made sure that this year would be no different and that the last Santas were completed including his final masterpiece for his first great grandchild, James Finnegan McAleer!
John was truly A MAN FOR OTHERS and will live on forever in each of his children and grandchildren, John (Ann) and their children Emma and Kate of Louisburgh, County Mayo, Ireland; Todd (Lisa) and their children Connor and Eva of West Chester, PA; Patrick (Andrea) and their children Nathan, Evan and Matthew (aka Chewy) of Haddonfield, NJ; and Maggie (John Hampshire) and their children Molly (Andrew McAleer) and Timothy of Stratford, NJ. He taught us all how to work with our hands, love with our hearts, and speak with our convictions.
"To give, and not to count the cost,
to fight, and not to heed the wounds,
to toil, and not to seek for rest,
to labor, and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do thy will"
-St. Ignatius of Loyola
Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation on Saturday, November 17th from 9 to 11 AM at St Luke's Catholic Church (Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish,) 55 Warwick Road, Stratford, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately afterwards in St. Luke's. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 626 Baily Rd, Yeadon, PA 19050. Relatives and friends are invited to gather afterwards for a celebration of his life and a true "Finnegan's Wake" at the Springfield Country Club.
John was an incredibly generous man throughout his life. As he would say, "You don't need pockets in heaven." Contributions in John's memory may be made to your favorite charity.
EUGENE J. ZALE FUNERAL HOME, INC.
712 N WHITE HORSE PIKE
STRATFORD, NEW JERSEY 08084
PHONE: (856) 783-5100
MANAGER RONALD E. ZALE - N.J. LIC. NO. 3570