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Dr. John "Jack" H. Finley, Jr.

September 28, 1928 April 27, 2017
Dr. John "Jack" H. Finley, Jr.
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Dr. John H. “Jack” Finley, Jr. passed into eternal life on April 27, 2017 after a sudden stroke. He was 88 years old. He had a great love for his family and is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Genevieve, and his children, Michael Finley (Michelle Miller), Mary (Gary) Straffon, Maureen (Paul) Kaplan, Bridgit (Brian) Hermann, Molly Finley (Paul Riccio) and Colleen Finley (Bill Bertolet). He is also survived by his eight grandchildren: RJ and Casey Finley, Megan Straffon, Lauren and Craig Kaplan, John and James Hermann and Nicholas Riccio.

Jack was born in Syracuse, New York on September 28, 1928 to parents Ada (Bevilacqua) and Dr. John H. Finley, Sr. He attended Nottingham High School and Syracuse University, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the St. Thomas More Foundation. He followed in his father’s footsteps when he enrolled in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, which later became Midwestern University. While home over winter break, Msgr. Ryan encouraged him to invite Genevieve to the annual St. Thomas More Foundation Christmas dinner dance, thus beginning a love affair that would last more than 60 years. Jack and Genevieve were married November 30, 1957.

He was extremely proud to be an Osteopathic physician. As a general surgeon, he practiced at Detroit Osteopathic, Bi-County and Botsford Hospitals. He was a member of both the American Osteopathic Association and Michigan Osteopathic Association. He was elected to the Board of Governors and served as President of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. In 1998, he was awarded the Orel B. Martin Medal for outstanding contributions to the ACOS. Continuing his relationship with his alma mater, he served on the Midwestern University Board of Trustees for nearly 30 years. He also served on the Board of the Ted Lindsay Foundation. He was a member of the Syracuse University Alumni, Birmingham Senior Men’s Club, Detroit Red Wing Alumni Association, Detroit Athletic Club, and Birmingham Athletic Club.

Jack had a life-long love of learning. He enjoyed travelling with his family throughout the Eastern United States in their motor home. He and Genevieve also travelled with the Nomads Club. An avid reader, he loved history and biographies. His ability to fix anything was a source of pride and his well-equipped workshop was as pristine as an operating room. He also enjoyed playing tennis and squash.

Dr. Finley was well known as a team physician for the Detroit Red Wings for 47 years. After he retired, he wrote a book highlighting his favorite hockey memories. Proud to be a published author, book signings and travelling to speak about “Hockeytown Doc” was a newfound joy.

Visitation will be held at Lynch and Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14 and Maple) on Sunday, April 30th from 3-8pm. A Scripture Service will be held on Sunday evening. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Hugo of the Hills Stone Chapel, 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills on Monday, May 1st at 11am. Friends may visit at the Chapel beginning at10:30am.

Charitable donations may be offered to: The Ted Lindsay Foundation, Midwestern University (Glendale, Arizona and Oakbrook, Illinois) or the Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona, California).

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