Richard “Duke” Finn

A photo of Richard “Duke” Finn


Monday June 19, 2023

The family of Richard “Duke” Finn, with great sadness but gratefulness for a long, happy life, announce his passing at Riverview Gardens on June 13, 2023 at the age of 87 after suffering a debilitating stroke in December of 2022. Beloved friend and husband to Evelyn Finn (nee Heward). Richard and Evelyn were married on May 30, 1958 and just celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary. Dad will be forever missed by his daughters Kerry Coholan, Denise Tunstall, Luanne Hay (Rosaire), and Lynda Wheeler (Jason Cikatricis). Best Grandpa in the world to Kasey (Mike) McGuire, P.J. Coholan, Brennan (Sophia) Wheeler, Shaelynn (Jeff) St. Amand, Maxx McLaren, Ben Tunstall, Magdelaine Tunstall, Michael Hay and Hillary. Loving Great Grandfather of Penny, Cole, Claire, Grant, Evangeline, Roman, Jacob, and Noah.
Always loved and remembered by his nephew Brent (Jane Marie) Ward. Survived by his sisters Joyce (Joe) Salive and Donna (late Ed) Carson. Richard is predeceased by his parents Norman and Yvonne Finn, his brothers and sisters Dorothy (John) Jack, Mary (Hector) Bulley, Anna (Leonard) Penman, Donald (Marie) Finn, Bill (Marilyn) Finn, Eleanor (Norris) Carson, and Wayne (surviving Cindy) Finn. Predeceased by son-in-law Peter Coholan, granddaughter Erin Coholan Booth and grandson Colin Wheeler. Dad enjoyed “investing” in his children’s inheritance at the casino which was one of his favourite places. He loved old cars, especially the ’66 Chevelle, attending car shows, the Match restaurant, Tim Hortons for coffee with the gang, the three stooges, playing euchre and above all else his family. Richard retired from Siemens in 1996 and also worked at Trans Canada Freezers and Daymonds. Your suffering is over Dad. Go for a long drive in which ever classic car you wish and may you never run out of road. God is Good and That’s Enough.
Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 60 Stanley St. in Blenheim on Monday June 19 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm and 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Cremation will follow with a Celebration of Life being held on Sunday August 27 from 2:30pm until 6:00pm at the Merlin Legion. In lieu of flowers the family would ask that you donate in Richard’s memory to the Charing Cross United Church, Peace Garden at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Newbury Hospital, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  A video tribute of Richard can be viewed by clicking the following link:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face.
The rain falls soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Kerry. May your Dad Rest in Peace.

Dear Lynda and Jason and families: My deepest sympathy in the passing of your father, Lynda. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Linda Earley

My sincere condolences. May your memories give you comfort.

Denise, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and extended family as you remember the life of your father this Father's Day weekend. Reading of his life, it is evident that family was all-important to him. I pray for all of you, but especially your mother who shared 65 years with him. May God's Holy Spirit give you all comfort, strength and peace as you mark a life well-lived. P. Marg Moriyama

Lynda, Jason & the Finn Families: Our deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your father and grandfather. We met Richard a couple of times when he was in good health and recall him being a cheerful guy who loved to play cards and loved being with his family. I know these past several months have been rough and tough for all of you. May you draw strength by accepting the comfort and strength from friends who love and care about you during this sad time. Your dad / grandfather will be with you always, in your heart, and through the memories you hold dear. Love and hugs to each of you, Gayle & Roger

i remember richard ftom fram he was a cheerful old guy always happy go lucky rip buddy

Lynda, Jason & family: Our deepest condolence to hear of your loss of your loved one. Thoughts & Prayers are with all of you. Neil & Gloria

Evelyn and family, so sorry for your loss. May treasured memories help heal your hearts at this sad time.

We just heard of Duke's passing and we are sending hugs and condolences to Evelyn and their girls and their families. Hank worked with Duke at Siemens and in retirement enjoyed many coffees with him and the gang at Tim Hortons on Park Ave. When we drove by the Casino, we always checked to see if Duke's truck was in the parking lot. We shall miss him and may he rest in peace.

Evelyn, Denise (& sisters) Ben & Magdelaine. Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband father & grandfather. Evelyn, I'm so very sorry on the passing of your best friend Richard he will always remain close in your heart, 65 years of marriage a beautiful testimony.... 'true love never dies". My dear friend Denise. Over these decades when you spoke of your parents your love and pride for them was always evident. The deep love and bond your parents sharred was past on to thier daughters & families.....what a gift! As you face the days ahead hold close all the great memories and your father will be with you always may this help in softening your heartache. Love Roxanne & Terry.

May you find comfort in all of your precious memories. Thinking of you all.

Evelyn, Denise and the rest of the family, So very sorry to read the sad news. He was a very special Man. We have so many good memories of coffee times at Tom Hortons .Know you are in our thoughts. Sandy and Garry

Evelyn & Family, My deepest sympathy on the passing of Duke. Brian spoke of him often over the years and his memories of Charing Cross. May he rest in peace. Elaine Haskell

Sorry to hear about Duke . Keeping you and the family in our prayers*

Dear Mr Finn we will miss u deeply we will miss that smile and and love u showed to our family u always welcomed my family with open arms and a warm heart win the big up there u will always be in hearts and minds love u Mr Finn

My sincere condolences to all the family . Take comfort in a life well lived by a kind & generous man & the memories you carry in your hearts.