In Memory Of Finn, Joseph Patrick


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Joseph Patrick Finn:
Passed away on May 29, 2021, in his 93rd year, of complications from cancer; at CHSLD Vigi Mont Royal in the Town of Mont Royal.

Patrick is survived by his sister Clarice Friesen of Windsor, Ontario, his nephew, 
Fr. Paul Finn of Kingston, Ontario, and numerous other nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sister Maureen Lund (Jerry) and by his brothers, Frank and Joseph (Eleanor).  Born in Windsor, Ontario, Patrick attended Assumption High School and Assumption College.  After receiving his B.A. in 1950, he attended a journalism program at Fordham University, in New York City, following which he began his first job as a reporter with the Sarnia Observer.  After covering local news in Sarnia, Ontario for three years, he was hired by British United Press (later UPI) and served as a correspondent in a succession of Canadian cities including Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, Ottawa (Parliamentary Press Gallery), London and Montreal.  In Montreal, he left UPI for Weekend Magazine, but returned to his roots as newspaper reporter a few years later, in 1964, when he accepted a position with the Montreal Star.  At the Star he wrote for the business section and also covered transportation, science and defence issues.  After the Star folded, in 1979, he found work as a communications officer and speechwriter for Canadian Pacific.  A long-time resident of Westmount, Patrick was a man of deep faith, a radio enthusiast, an avid salmon fisherman and always a keen follower of the news. He retained his sharp mind throughout his life.  A funeral Mass will be held at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Westmount at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 2, following which he will be buried in Gananoque, Ontario with his brother Frank and other members of the Finn family.  In lieu of flowers, donations to The Pillars Trust Fund (Montreal) or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Messages for the Family of Finn, Joseph Patrick

From: Michael Ballantyne

I had the immensely good luck to meet Patrick in 1964 at the Montreal Star newsroom. I was soaking wet behind the ears and Pat was already an experienced professional. My survival during those first few months were due to his advice and encouragement. And it was ever thus until the day he left us. Our paths diverged over the years until the friendship was renewed as parishioners a the Church of the Ascension. Pat was stalwart, a gentle man in the best sense of those words. I tried to absorb his palpable faith and devotion. His absolute lack of self-pity was inspiring, a virtue to strive for. I like to remember Pat as a pilgrim through life, and when his soul reaches the shining towers of Bunyan's Celestial City, I've no doubt at all he'll be welcomed at the gates with the sound of trumpets.
From: Cindi Moynahan-Foreman

Saddened to read of Pat’s passing. Condolences to all of his family and friends
From: Wayne Carpenter

Sorry for your loss Father Paul Finn. May your Father’s soul rest in peace
From: Father Stéphane Pouliot

My deepest condolences as you grieve your uncle Father Paul! Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may Perpetual Light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace through the mercy of God!
From: Judy Lund

It is with sorrow that we mourn the passing of our Uncle Pat, our Mom's brother. Pat was a person who truly enjoyed life, especially living it fully in Canada's cosmopolitan City of Montreal. Remembering a life well lived, we are thinking of Uncle Pat hosting in Montreal (along with a refreshing pint or two) many visits from many nieces and nephews over the years. His tales of interviewing, befriending and fishing with famous Canadians that we only read about in the news. His sharp mind and writer's keen eye - right up to the end. And especially, singing Christmas Carols like "Good King Wenceslas' (all 5 verses) accompanied by our modest piano skills. My sister Mary played it yesterday in full in his honour. Goodbye Uncle Pat, our Mom is waiting to welcome you home and she might even join you for a Guinness.
From: Martha Chodat

I only knew Pat Finn when I worked at the Montreal Star 1975-79, but have always remembered him warmly – and surprisingly vividly, considering how many decades have passed. A good man, a kind man, with a lovely sense of humour, and just all-round positive ‘vibes.’ Thinking about it now, it occurs to me that my respect and affection for him derive also from the fact that he always treated me, a considerably younger female member of the ‘support staff,’ as a peer, never dismissively or condescendingly. I’m glad to know that he lived a long and fulfilling life, and I offer my sympathies to his family for the loss of his presence.
(By the way, for those who haven’t seen it, Pat appears in this CBC piece on the closing of the Star: )
From: Ralph Lund

Deepest condolences on Pat's passing.

Ralph & Lavetta Lund & Family
From: Dolores Saddler

So sorry to hear of your uncle's passing, Paul. I recall speaking of him. It looks like he had a long and productive life and was much loved by his family. But it is always too soon for us to let them go. May he rest happily with God now.
From: Sheila Lund

Very sorry to hear of Pat Finn's passing. Our condolences to all of his family. Memories are a wonderful gift.

Sheila Lund and family