Finnegan, Patrick

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February 24, 1936 - April 12, 2018

Finnegan, Patrick

Patrick Finnegan was born in Chicago, Illinois, on February 24, 1936, to John and Penelope Ellen Finnegan.  He graduated from Saint Mel High School and Loyola University, where he received a BBA.  He spent his career of more than 40 years serving in various capacities with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Chicago, Illinois, San Francisco, California, Tyler, Texas, and Dallas, Texas.

Patrick will be remembered for his many wonderful qualities and actions, especially as one who truly LIVED his life from beginning to end.  He fought tenaciously against cancer three times so that he could remain among us, serving, giving, and being a loving family member and friend.  In his first bout with cancer 24 years ago, he gave up his ability to talk orally, but he continued to communicate through notes, smiles, facial expressions, and his bright, twinkling eyes.  After his retirement, he made many friends working in the Creative Arts Department of the State Fair of Texas.  For decades, he shared his experience, strength, and hope with individuals battling alcoholism and addiction to other drugs.  He was well-known to sufferers from all walks of life, not only in the community, but in prisons.   His zest for life and desire to make the world a better place were obvious.

Patrick passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the age of 82.  He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brothers, John, Bernard, Thomas, Edward, and William.  He is survived by his wife Gloria Finnegan of Carrollton, Texas; stepson Marc Anderson and his wife Michelle of Edmond, Oklahoma; stepson Steve Anderson and his wife Courtney of Lafayette, California; grandchildren Reece, Quinn, and Beck Anderson of Edmond, Oklahoma, Christina Taylor of Wylie, Texas, and Nicholas, Christopher, and Olivia Anderson of Lafayette, California; grandson-in-law Randy Taylor of Wylie, Texas; great-grandchildren Bryn and Cooper Taylor of Wylie, Texas; sisters Margaret Raven and Sister Mary Finnegan, RSM, of Chicago, Illinois; sisters-in-law Judy Finnegan, of Arlington, Texas, Charmaine Finnegan and Patricia Finnegan of Chicago, Illinois, and Connie Brannon of Mogadore, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family is extremely grateful to all of the medical professionals who assisted Patrick — his caring doctors, most especially, Dr. Robert Israel and Dr. Keith Bloom, and the outstanding staff at the Vitas Inpatient Hospice Unit – Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Carrollton, Texas.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018, at 12:00 noon at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 2800 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234

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Mark & Lisa Schacherer

May 04, 2018 10:23AM

Pat, you and your wonderful smile will live in our hearts forever. From one Chicago guy to another . . . save me a place - we will meet again.

Brooks Bell

May 03, 2018 3:57PM

What a dandy my pal Pat was! I served with him on several boards & committees--had pen and paper in hand -always ready to share his experience--for a man that couldn't speak his expressions spoke volumes--Pat will be missed by many folks-both in and out of the AA community--God bless you old friend be sure and say hi to: David A.' Val B. and Larry J.xoxo BB

Randy Railey

May 03, 2018 12:52PM

As a representative for a national commercial collection agency, I called on Pat in Liberty Mutual's office in Tyler through out the 80's. We developed a great friendship/business relationship. I remember many long lunches with Pat and his assistants as he entertained us with raucous tales of his earlier years in Chicago. Although we did not stay in touch and I hadn't Pat in over 30 years, he obviously made an impression on me. He was a good man.

Mike Barns

May 02, 2018 10:08AM

Pat and his wife, Gloria, are two of the finest people you could ever want to be around. Pat just sparkled with the joy of life and shared his experience, strength and hope with many.

Peggy Garmon

April 29, 2018 10:12AM

One of the sweetest people ever. You will be dearly missed but you impact on others and selflessness will always be remembered.

Sue Rainey

April 28, 2018 12:02AM

I will miss Pat, he was the sweetest person. The State Fair is not the same without him, my prayers are with your family.

Toni Steger

April 27, 2018 10:45AM

So sorry to hear of Mr. Pat's passing. He will be greatly missed at the State Fair.

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