July 23, 2013
Our beloved James (Jimmy) Frederick Finton went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 24 at 5 p.m. He passed away peacefully (with a bit of an Irish smile on his face) at his home in Covina, Calif. His wife of 24 years, Marion, was with him.
An Irish Wake was celebrated immediately after passage. Present on Skype from Issaquah was his sister Claire Loranger and Claire’s granddaughter Jody Loranger; also from Anaconda, Mont., was Claire’s and Jim’s cousin Rosemary Gross. In immediate presence was his wife Marion; his daughter Gail and her husband Kenny; his son Michael and his wife Jacci, their children-Emma, Amme and Ezra (some of Papa’s garden of grandchildren); and Sister Sean Patrice, his youngest sister. Hymns were sung; prayers were invoked and the celebration ended with “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” and other Irish tunes.