Born In: Sydney Mines
Born: October 28th, 1937
Passed on: January 17th, 2013
Alfred George Finney passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at the An Cala palliative care unit, Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, on Jan. 17, 2013, at the age of 75.
Born in Sydney Mines on Oct. 28, 1937, he was the son of the late George and Sarah (Fisher) Finney.
Alfie is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Patricia ‘Patsy’ (Young); sons, Dale, Paul (Sherry), Jason (Tanya), Kyle (Robert) and daughters, Rhonda (Paul) Andrea, and Coralee (Brian) Jobes; brother, Billy (Cathy) and sister, Beatrice Mulley. Alfie will be sadly missed by grandchildren, Meghan, Kori, Vincent, Sam, Ethan, Liam and Callie and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brother, Jimmy and granddaughter, Miranda, in infancy.
Those that knew Alfie will easily remember his quick smile, and outgoing, friendly personality. He greeted everyone with a cheerful grin and always had time to stop for a chat.
Self-employed for 40 years, Alfie operated Finney’s Oil Burner Service and was proud to offer excellent service to the Northside community. He could be counted on to go out of his way in the worst weather to “get the heat on” for any of his loyal customers. Many of his longtime customers became good friends over the years.
While raising their six children, Alfie and Patsy enjoyed annual summer vacations to Margaree, camping roadtrips to P.E.I., fishing at Alder Point wharf and trips to Watson’s Siding beach and the cabin in Boisdale. These times are special memories for Patsy and the kids.
Alfie also enjoyed a gathering and could often be found playing either guitar or piano. He was a talented musician, playing with friends in earlier years and his kids later on. The family loved to hear him play a tune on the 12-string guitar given to him by Patsy when they first started to date.
In later years, Alfie liked to spend time doing yardwork, trying his luck at the casino, going to the gym, or checking in on his family. Da’s nightly phone calls were like clockwork; he couldn’t rest until he knew everyone was OK, regardless if they were just next door or elsewhere in the country. His grandkids were also very special to him and he was happiest when his family was all around him. He was well loved and he will be deeply missed.
A funeral service will be celebrated on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. with Rev. Stacey Lemoine officiating, taking place at Trinity Anglican Church, Sydney Mines. Interment at a later date.
Funeral arrangments have been entrusted to the care and direction of Francis Funeral Home, Sydney Mines.
Donations can be made in Alf’s memory to the An Cala palliative care unit, Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.