Redding, Conn. – Raymond H. Finlay Jr., 89, of Redding, Connecticut passed away Saturday Dec. 25, 2010.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he served in the 10th Mountain Division during World War 11. He was a Second Lieutenant and recipient of the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Soldier’s Medal for heroism during the war.
Mr. Finlay graduated from St. Lawrence University and went on to become Executive Vice President of Georgia-Pacific Corporation. He took early retirement to start his own successful business, Fin Industries, which he ran well into his 70s.
He married Mary Ann Page in 1946 in Great Neck, New York, and they lived in Kansas City, Missouri; Northbrook, Illinois; and New Canaan, Connecticut. Mrs. Page predeceased him in 1991.
He was an avid sailor growing up in Port Washington, New York, and raced his Star class boat competitively. His love of the outdoors and fishing led him to Nantucket, where he was responsible on many a cold autumn day for instilling the love of the sport and respect for nature to his children and grandchildren. He was active in the Meadow Ridge community for the last seven years.
Mr. Finlay is survived by his daughter, Leslie Sullivan and husband Patrick of Northborough, and his sons, Christopher and wife Kathleen of Greenwich, Conn.; Douglas and wife Joan of Fairfield, Conn.; Mark and wife Jeannie of Fairfield, Conn.; and Bruce and fiancÃ© Char of Northbrook, Ill., as well as 16 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Raymond of Northbrook, Ill. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia Dillon of Bernardsville, N.J., and his brother, Sam of Gaithersburg, Md., and was predeceased by his brother, Robert of Hilton Head, N.C.
His many friends and family will miss him for his smile, energy and optimism.
A family celebration of his life will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation, in memory of Ray Finlay, to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To send online condolences, please visit www.redgatehennessy.com.