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James P. "Doc" Finnerty, 88, of New Castle passed away peacefully the morning of Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at UPMC Jameson Hospital.
Mr. Finnerty was born Dec. 9, 1929, in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, a son of the late John and Hilda (Byrne) Finnerty.
He was raised in Scottdale and was a 1947 graduate of Scottdale High School.
An Army veteran, Jim was stationed in Germany during the Korean War era.
Following his honorable discharge, he enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh and earned his bachelor's of science in pharmacy, and in addition, completed his certifications to become a licensed pharmacist.
Jim retired in 1998 from Thrift Drug Store, New Castle, where he worked as a pharmacist for many years. He previously worked in the same capacity at Eckerd Drug Store, also in New Castle.
Jim was a longtime active member of St. Mary Church, Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, where he served on parish council and belonged to the Holy Name Society.
He was always a familiar face and volunteer at the weekly bingo and the annual Easterfest.
He and his wife Anna Mae, volunteered with Meals on Wheels in New Castle.
Jim enjoyed woodworking and loved spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren.
His wife, the former Anna Mae Zerilla, whom he married Nov. 15, 1958, passed away Jan. 5, 2015.
Surviving are two daughters, Suzanne (Randy) Costello of Pulaski Township and Annie Finnerty of Medina, Ohio; a son, John M. Finnerty of Reading, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Emily (Phil) O'Donnell, Matthew Finnerty, Andrew Costello, Danielle Finnerty and Stephen Costello; and a great-granddaughter, Penelope O'Donnell.
In addition to his wife and parents, Jim was preceded in death by a son, Thomas J. Finnerty; daughter-in-law, Gina Floyd; five sisters; and a brother.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
A procession will leave the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Friday to attend a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 124 N. Beaver St., New Castle, with the Rev. Zachary Galiyas, parochial vicar, serving as celebrant.
Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, New Castle, where New Castle Area Honor Guard will conduct full military rites.
Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels in New Castle or the donor's favorite charity.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Published on January 30, 2018
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