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Paul Joseph Finkelman, Sgt., USAFJune 19, 1943 – November 02, 2007
FINKELMAN – Paul Joseph, #1 Yankee Fan. On November 2, 2007 in his 64th year our beloved brother Paul Joseph succumbed to injuries he sustained in an automobile accident.
First and foremost we want the world to know that Paul was an amazingly funny man with a charismatic personality. He loved life and lived each day to the fullest.
As a young man Paul served in the United States Air Force as a flight engineer and assisted in many air rescue missions. He was employed with Ford Motor Co. for decades as a trouble shooter in the seventies and in sales in the eighties. He was an accomplished photographer in which he held a degree. He was an accomplished archer having competed and won many competitions. Paul loved vintage automobiles having owned many throughout his life. Although Paul resided in California for the past thirty-eight years he remained a loyal Yankee fan never missing a game. One of Paul’s greatest passions was fishing which he learned from his father and has passed on to his grandsons.
Paul leaves behind his beautiful wife, his angel on earth Rita, they were to celebrate their 24th anniversary in December. He also leaves behind his children Paul Jr., Mark Edward, Lori Ann, his grandchildren Lexi, Savannah, Garrett, Cameron and Rebecca. He is survived by his mother Nance his seven brothers and sisters Laura, Larry, Donald, Daniel, Ellen, beautiful Kathy and Mark Douglass. He was predeceased by our father Joseph and our brother William. Last but not least his childhood buddies Dominick, Ricky and Joe.
Published in Newsday on Nov. 12, 2007