~~Elmer Ellsworth Finn III
Elmer (Skip) Finn, of Hingham, Massachusetts passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Hingham. Born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn NY, Elmer was the son of the late Elmer Finn Jr. and Elizabeth Byrne. In addition to his parents, Elmer was predeceased by his stepfather Charles Roesch, and recently, his son Elmer Finn IV. He absolutely loved the “Good Old Days” in Bay Ridge where he would reminisce about going to Ebbets Field to see the Dodgers with his sister Barbara, time in Coney Island and playing stickball with his friends. He graduated from St Francis Prep High School and attended Pratt Art Institute.
In 1956, Elmer moved to Lake Hopatcong, NJ and started his career on Wall Street as a Municipal Bond Trader. He married Judy Fahey in 1958 and moved to Denville, NJ. In 1964 they relocated to Chatham. Skip was active in softball, bowling and coaching his sons. He was known for his love of music. It was sharing his enjoyment of music that we will all remember the most. Skip had quite a collection of 78’s, 45’s and 33’s. From the 1930’s through the 1970’s, there wasn’t a tune he couldn’t name. His sense of humor was classic and he always had a great joke to tell.
In 1989, Skip married Dorothy Kolb and resided in Berkeley Heights until 2006 when they retired to Linden Ponds in Hingham. They enjoyed traveling to Cape Cod, Europe and Alaska. At Linden Ponds, he continued sharing his vast knowledge of composers and artists as well as his large record collection and became a personality on the community’s TV station. Skip was known as the “Music Man” and played bass with fellow musicians for the residents.
Elmer is survived by his wife, Dorothy, his daughter Jane Finn Beebe, her husband Jerry and grandchildren Ryan, John, Jenny and Michael Beebe; daughter Sally Finn Trench, her husband Jim of New Providence, NJ, and grandsons Brian and Danny Trench; his son Jim and his wife Nancy of Lake Shawnee NJ; sister Barbara Peterson of Manasquan NJ and several nieces and nephews. In addition, he leaves Dorothy’s children, David Kolb (Pam) of Westfield, NJ, Michael Kolb (Linda) of Pataskala, Ohio, Lauren Benison (Marty) of Reading, Massachusetts, and Wendy Kolb of Buckeyes Arizona, and their families.
Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Elmer and his son with visitation beginning at 11:30 am followed by a funeral mass at 12:00 noon on March 25, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Church, 85 Washington Ave., Chatham, NJ. No services prior at the funeral home.
Interment will be private.