The late Pat Finn
THE DEATH has occurred of Patrick Finn, Tansley Court, Caherina, formerly of St Brendan's Park, Tralee and London. Aged 78, Pat, who had been ill on and off for the past year, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 12, at Our Lady of Fatima Nursing Home, Oakpark, Tralee.
Pat was born in London in 1935 to Margaret and Michael Finn, the first born of seven brothers and sisters. The family returned to Ireland a few years later, settling back in Kerry.
Pat started school in Caherciveen where his father was working on the railway. This shared love of the railway stayed with Pat throughout his life.
On returning to St Brendan's Park, Tralee he attended CBS, Edward Street school until leaving in his early teens to work in the Plastics
Factory in Rock Street. At this time Pat became a member of the FCA, which he loved. His younger siblings remember him paying them handsomely to shine the buttons and boots of his uniform.
A few years later Pat returned to England where he happily spent the next 50 years, most of it in the print industry, in Reading. During this period he became involved with his local church and supported various charities. Pat was generous to a fault and spoilt his brothers and sisters as children by sending parcels of treats back home, later spoiling nephews and nieces similarly.
His sister Margaret who lived 87 miles away near Luton, remembers him arriving on his beloved motorbike with a goldfish bowl strapped to the back complete with one well-travelled
fish swimming around it as gift for the family!
In 2004 Pat returned to Caherina, Tralee and continued to enjoy life. His love of bingo and the greyhound track were legendary, leading to the odd flutter, always sharing his winnings with charities and his family. Classical music was another of Pat's great joys and he spent many happy hours listening to all the great singers in the comfort of his house and also when he in hospital. He enjoyed regular visits to the Kerin's O'Rahilly's Club near to his home, although he was a true Rockie to the end.
Pat was one of a kind with a quirky sense of humour and witty turn of phrase. He lived his life in his own unique way. He will be remembered
by his family, and all those who knew him as a kind, gentle and generous man.
He is survived by his brothers Joseph and Michael, sisters Helen, Joan and Margaret, and was pre-deceased by his parents
and sister Maura. They and his brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, uncle and cousins will fondly remember and miss him.
The family are particularly grateful to Dr John Chute, Dr McManus, Nurse Hannafin and all of the wonderful staff at Kerry General Hospital, Killarney District Hospital, Our Lady of Fatima Home and Pat's kind and caring home help, who supported Pat through his recent illness. He was ill for the past year on and off and died suddenly in Fatima Home.
May he rest in peace.