Paul Edward Finnegan Jr.

Born: Thu., Oct. 8, 1942
Died: Tue., Mar. 24, 2020

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Douglas- Paul Edward Finnegan, Jr., 77, our family patriarch ,passed away on Tues., March 24, 2020, after a period of declining health. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lorraine (Waite) Finnegan.

He is also survived by his 4 children, Donna M. Wilson and her husband William of Uxbridge, Paul E. Finnegan III and his wife Katy of Wayland, Lorri A. Schaaf and her husband Michael of Providence, and Brian T. Finnegan and his wife Melissa of Charlton; 10 grandchildren, Zachary, Kalin, Colin, Owen, Brian Jr., Cameron, John, Michael, Matthew, and Joseph, and his great-grandchildren Victoria and Lilliana; 2 brothers, Francis Finnegan and his wife Denise of Weymouth, and Thomas Finnegan and his wife Terri of Pembroke, as well as many nieces and nephews. Paul was born in Boston on Oct. 8, 1942 to the late Paul E. and Kathryn E. (Doolan) Finnegan, the oldest of 4 children. Paul is preceded in death by his sister, Margaret (Finnegan) Curcio, his niece and Godchild, Jennifer (Curcio) Mellis.

In his youth he learned a strong work ethic and a passion for serving others, being an altar server at St. Columbkille, Brighton, MA. After graduating from Archbishop William’s Catholic High School in 1960, he continued to serve his country in the U. S. Navy, 1960-1966.  While stationed in Queens, NY, he met and married the love of his life, Lorraine. Following his service in the Navy, Paul spent his career as a Computer Technician for IBM, retiring after 35 years of dedicated service in 2000.  During his working career, he also continued helping others and serving in the Catholic Church in a variety of roles, including to help establish a new parish, St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Plymouth, in 1982. Through his dedication to work and faith community, he was a role model for his family and friends.

He always made it to family games and performances, often volunteering as a coach. He committed 2 decades of energy to the Boy Scouts, serving as a mentor and leader for not only his children but their friends as well. Moving to the Pocono Mountains in PA after his retirement, Paul became more actively involved with his faith by joining the Knights of Columbus.  Paul enjoyed the camaraderie of the K of C and became a 4th degree Knight, serving his community as a Grand Knight.  He was considered a great leader who modeled and encouraged others to help those in need.  In 2013, Paul and Lorraine moved back to MA to be near their children and grandchildren.  He always had time to attend the grandchildren’s sporting games, dance recitals, ice skating recitals, plays and musical performances. Paul has always been the family’s loudest cheerleader. Family, faith, and friends were always the priority of Paul’s life.  His excitement for the N.E Sports teams rivaled none.  He shared this enthusiasm with his children who are also ardent sports fans for the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots. He never missed a game to the extent that he followed NESN sports by satellite while living in PA.

The family will have a private service at this time and a Catholic Memorial Mass and celebration of Life at a later time when we can all celebrate the amazing life of Paul E. Finnegan Jr. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul’s name to the Wounded Warrior Foundation, the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.  To leave a condolence message for his family please visit

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Donna & Kenny Waite
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
We send our love & heartfelt sympathies to Lorraine, Donna, Bill, Paul, Katy, Lorri, Mike, Brian, Melissa & all of the grandchildren & great-grandchildren on the loss of a very special man. Paul was funny, kind, generous & loving, & he will be sorely missed.

Joe and Lisa Cordeiro
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to your family. Paul was a great guy and will be truly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

kerri power
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Brian, Melissa and family we are so sorry for your loss. Sending all of our love and hugs to you.

Jack and Carol Ryan
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Dear Fran and families, we are so sorry for your loss. Paul will truly be missed. We will keep you and families in our hearts and prayers.

Heather Moore
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
My thoughts and prayers have been with Paul's family and friends since Lorri let her team at Transamerica know of his passing. May the Lord bring you all comfort in the memories you share. It's very difficult to lose those we love so dearly and this current pandemic only makes the process even more difficult. My hope is our prayers will be heard and Paul's life will be celebrated among all who love him most.

Tish Maresca
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Lorraine and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our Deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. May he fly with the angels and your memories help ease your broken heart.

Bobby Clemente
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Our Love and prayers go out to Uncle Paul, Aunt Lorraine, Cousin Donna, Paul, Lorri, Brain, their spouses and children during this difficult time. Please know your in our thoughts and prayers🙏🏻❤️. We are so sorry for your loss and especially at this difficult time where we can only grieve and support you from our homes. God Bless Uncle Paul as he is now in Heaven with God and is your Angel 🙏🏻 in Heaven.🙏🏻❤️ Love Bobby, Diane, Samantha, Bobby Jr. Michael , My Mom Dolores and all of the Clemente family.🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

Patricia Burke
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
I was blessed to have known Paul. He, Lorriane, and his family worked to establish Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joe, Staci and Samantha Milillo
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Thinking of you at this difficult time. Our love and prayers are with you. I remember all the fun times we had when we vacationed up in Boston and Uncle Paul was our tour guide for the Freedom Trail. I uploaded a photo of Uncle Paul and Aunt Lorraine at their engagement party in New York from my Dad's slide collection. Once again, our condolences to you and you family at this time. Love, Joe, Staci and Samantha.

Rick Milillo
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Aunt Lorraine and family, sorry we cannot be with you in person during this difficult time. Uncle Paul will always be remembered as one of the good guys. I was telling Karen about the time I flew up from New York and spent the weekend with you at your home when I was a kid. You both were so welcoming and made it such a fun visit. You and Uncle Paul were taking karate lessons back then and showed me some of the moves in your living room! What a great memory to have. Love from our family to yours.

Julie and Brian Tudrick
   Posted Fri March 27, 2020
Our deepest sympathy for Brian, Melissa and all of the Finnegan family. Please know that we are praying for your peace at this time. We pray that your many wonderful memories bring you comfort. We are sending all our love.

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