A Celebration of life to be held in Michigan at a later date.

James A.  Finnegan
December 15, 1936
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 25, 2017
Shoreline, Washington
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James A. Finnegan (Jimmy / Jim) passed away at home on June 25, 2017.

Born in Philadelphia in 1936, he was always proud of his West Philly roots (54th and Lancaster) and often shared stories of his time at Saint Gregory’s School and Saint Thomas More High School (class of ’54) – especially time spent playing sports with his friends and eating soft pretzels and hoagies.

After starting night school at Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia on the advice of his boss, he became a lifelong student and teacher.  He earned two master’s degrees; one in Theology from Marquette University and one in Psychology from Western Michigan University. He also earned a PhD in Theology from Saint Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.

He went on to teach at the University of Windsor (Canada), Canisius College (Buffalo, NY), Nazareth College (Kalamazoo, MI) and numerous community colleges in Michigan.  He also worked as a psychologist at Cass County Mental Health and other clinics in Michigan. During his time in the Midwest he learned he loved to sail, ski and visit the local health club. ...

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