Robert J. Finley Obituary – Bucks County Courier Times

Robert J. Finley of Richboro, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully Monday evening May 2 at his home. He was 82 years old.

Bob was born in the late hours of New Year’s Eve in 1939, presumably to start his life and the new year with a clean calendar page ready to be filled in for the life ahead. He grew up in North Philadelphia in the shadow of Shibe Park and regaled his family and friends with stories of his adventures running from security guards, chatting with players as they left the park and jostling to sell. parking spaces in the side streets surrounding the park.

Then came the day that he says changed his world – it was a Sunday, the second week of July 1960, when he visited a hill station called Camp Karamac. It was there that he met the love of his life, Carole. He said he knew that day that he met the girl he was going to marry and that their wedding day was the happiest day of his life.

Their nearly 60-year marriage was a true example of love and devotion. Through good times and bad, they built a beautiful and loving life together and raised four children. They were blessed with 11 grandchildren who brought her immeasurable joy. He was their biggest fan – encouraging them in all their endeavors, offering lessons, encouragement and the occasional “course correction”.

From an early age, Bob was industrious and hardworking, and instilled these values ​​in his children. From humble beginnings, he worked to improve his life and that of his family. As a young man, he sold T-shirts outside Shibe Park and delivered newspapers for the Philadelphia Bulletin. One year – as one of the city’s top newsboys – he won a trip to Washington D.C. and sat in the stands for the 1953 presidential inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Later he worked for the Curtis Publishing Company and spent 28 years at Betz Laboratories, retiring in 1993 as assistant vice president of distribution. His retirement from Betz was only the beginning of his second act. Bob was an entrepreneur – who co-owned the Richboro Swim Club and later owned several businesses including the Southampton Family Golf Center and Recirculation Technologies Inc.

A relentless optimist – always striving to improve, Bob was a lifelong learner. While working full time and a father of four, he graduated from LaSalle University’s evening program. He was a voracious reader, always had a book by his side and read The Wall Street Journal daily, sharing stories and clippings he found interesting. Bob inspired everyone around him to believe in themselves, dream big, and plan to achieve their goals.

Bob was dedicated to his country and his community. He served honorably in the US Army. A resident of Northampton Township for 48 years, Bob served as the first and last chairman of the Federal Land Reuse Authority. He also chaired the Richboro 2000 committee paving the way for the revitalization of downtown Richboro.

A man of deep faith, Bob served as Eucharistic pastor at St. Cryril Parish in Jamison, Pennsylvania.

Bob loved Philadelphia sports teams and was an avid golfer. He and Carole were long time members of the Spring Mill Country Club and spent many wonderful days playing at Spring Mill and other courses near home and across the country. Highlights have played at Pine Valley, Pebble Beach and St. Andrew’s in Scotland.

He was loved and will be sadly missed by his devoted wife Carole, his children Robert Jr., Christine, John and his wife Dawn and Susan. His grandchildren Robert Finley III (Veronica), Kyle Miller (Nicole), Tabitha Finley, Erin Finley, Sean Miller, Fiona Lanshe, John Finley, Annabelle Lanshe, Makayla Miller, Colin Finley and Kiersten Lanshe. His brother Gerard and his wife Sandra and his sister Ann Yaegel and her husband Thomas and his sister-in-law Joanne, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and friends.

He is predeceased by his parents John and Teresa Finley, his brothers John and Lawrence, his son-in-law Robert Miller, his daughter-in-law Patricia Finley.

Family and friends are invited to call Monday, May 9 from 9:30 a.m. until words of remembrance at 10:45 a.m. and his funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Cyril’s Church of Jerusalem, 1410 Almshouse Road Jamison, PA. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., followed by his interment at Union Cemetery in Richboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks those looking to honor Bob’s legacy to consider contributions to his alma mater Roman Catholic High School 301 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Posted on May 05, 2022

Posted in Bucks County Courier Times

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St. Cyril’s Church of Jerusalem, 1410 Almshouse Road Jamison, PA 18929

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St. Cyril’s Church of Jerusalem, 1410 Almshouse Road Jamison, PA 18929

May 09, 2022 to 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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