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Anthony “Tony” Finnegan

  • On September 16, 2021

Anthony “Tony” Finnegan passed away peacefully on September 15 surrounded by his family. He was 71.

Tony, born August 7, 1950 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was charismatic, entertaining and a natural storyteller. Tony often said that he was born in the wrong era, as he didn’t own a cellphone, didn’t carry a wallet, and lived in an 19th century house that he lovingly referred to as “The Burrow.” When walking into his family’s home, reality was suspended, and visitors were transported to a simpler time where conversations and debates over a pint were alive and well. Each holiday decoration was meticulously cared for and each ornament on the Christmas tree represented someone important in his life.

He was a passionate and beloved educator at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis, Pa until he retired in 2009. To his students, he was known to have a gift for humanizing history, by helping to envision the lives and challenges of the people who influenced events. He was an avid Civil War buff and he and his wife Phyllis York Finnegan, of 48 years, would spend many days steadily walking the battlefields at Gettysburg in the early morning to reflect on the lives and stories of those who lived during the event.

All who knew Tony will never forget his quick wit, intelligence, and creativity, but above all, Tony will be remembered for his deep affection and love for his family and friends. He was unique in the very best of ways and will not soon be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis, their three children: Sean, his wife, Stephanie and their children, Piper and Parker of Los Alamos, New Mexico; Shannon Grant, her husband Matt and their children, Hailey and Emma of Venetia, Pennsylvania; and Meaghean Finnegan, her husband David Patterson and their daughter Niamh of Donaghadee, Ireland. In addition, he is survived by sisters, Susan Berg and Cynthia Gigliotti and brothers Dennis and Daniel, as well 18 nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Christine and father, Richard Finnegan.

Friends will be welcomed from 12 p.m. until the time of prayer service at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 19 at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3285 Washington Road, McMurray PA, 15317. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks you to consider donations in his name to Gettysburg National Park or the American Battlefield Trust.

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Jen Hankey Keegan
Mr Finnegan was my 8th grade teacher at McKees Rocks Catholic. He was an amazing teacher and wonderful person. He is definitely someone I’ve thought of over my own teaching career. His enthusiasm and respect for students was not forgotten.
Lisa ( Kutrufis) Carangio
I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family Mr. Finnegan. Mr. Finnegan taught me in grade school at MRC and we crossed paths at OLSH in high school. I speak about him all the time to my children made such a lasting impression on me growing up because he taught science class at MRC and he got up on top of his desk with pom-poms one day and made a cheer out of endoplasmic reticulum end it was the funniest and the most Insane thing I think I’ve ever seen a teacher do to get through to a class but boy did he. Years I did keep in touch with him and so did my family dad always would tell me when he would run into Tony and then always correct himself and say Mr. Finnegan, I can’t believe I’m reading this. The world lost an incredible teacher friend and genuine good guy…. Our deepest deepest sympathies and prayers for peace and love and healing energy to all of you.
To Phyllis, Sean, Shannon and Meaghean; we are deeply sorry for the passing of Tony. We were their Ingram neighbors for over 30 years and our kids grew up with their children. Tony was always busy with something in his house or yard, but always had time to stop and chat and offer a beer. Often he talked about the Civil War and Gettysburg. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and former students. Nancy and Fred Fehl
Andrew Manion
We were so blessed at OLSH to have the Finnegan experience. Our senior advanced/honors/Ap (can’t remember the official name) government was one of my favorites. His unique sense of humor made That class unforgettable. Rest In Peace, Mr Finnegan
Thea Zwier
Dear Pap, Life without you will be an awfully big adventure. And what I mean by that is it will be so tough, but it will be made worth it for all of the opportunities to remember you, to honor you, and to put to good use all you taught me. The world seems to have new color now, new shades have come to the surface which I didn’t notice before. For the memory of you feels so alive around me and my life so rich to have been touched by yours…and yet there’s a grey tinge, there is a hollow ring. And there are new gaps between the trees. Whenever my heart aches and I think “I miss you pap”, I’m glad in a way because it is a reminder of the measure of the love I had, still have for you. What I mean with every thought of “I miss you”, and “I wish…” is “I love you; I loved you so much and love you still”. Each ring of pain and loss is a ripple in the deep well of love for you, reminding me of how deep the waters go and of how many plants draw nourishment from its volume. I am all sloshing. My cup runneth over, with salt water and wine. I never knew how big a persons heart could be until I met you and Gran. I never understood how simple but life changing generosity could be. All the praise, all the words of gratitude will never feel like enough, for the moments I spent with you. The layers of good you created in my life are soaked deeper than centuries. tectonic. People will be digging up new fossils from the impact for generations to come. All my heart, Teddy
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