Col. Thomas Finneran, US Army (ret.) PDF Print E-mail

Thomas Charles Finneran, Colonel, US Army (Retired), of Newberry, died Saturday, August 25, 2018. Tom was born in Columbus, OH, a son of the late Francis and Catherine Lawler Finneran. During the depression his family relocated to South Bend, IN. He was dedicated to his family, country and church and was the epitome of the Greatest Generation.

Drafted into the Army in January 1942, Tom attended OCS and was commission a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. During World War II he served in Africa and fought in the Italian Campaign, where he received a battlefield promotion to Captain. He then was offered and accepted a commission in the regular Army. During his 30 year career, he served in Germany, England, Japan and Korea. He received his civilian education from the Universities of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Florida, where he completed his degree while serving as the Senior ROTC Instructor. He graduated from the Command and General Staff School, British Army Staff College, The National Defense College, and the Senior Officer Atomic Course. He also completed Glider training with the 11th Airborne Division. He completed his career with an assignment as Military Attaché to the Court of St. James in London, England. Upon retirement, he taught Junior ROTC at Airport High School in West Columbia, SC. Throughout his career he received numerous medals and commendations, to include the Bronze Star and two Legion of Merits.

He was proud to have served as Commander of the Battery B, 64th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. He then was the Commander of the 22nd Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Armored Division. His next commission was as the Artillery Defense Commander, Hercules Missiles, 56th Artillery Brigade. Other assignments included Personnel Planning at the Pentagon, Intelligence Planning for US Army Europe, Secretary for the Joint Staff for United Nations Command Korea.

He loved traveling with his family especially throughout the British Isles and Europe. He also was very athletic and loved squash, handball and beating his daughter in tennis and his son in golf, although he would let them win occasionally.

He was very active at St. Mark Catholic Church. He was a member of the Parish Council and Cemetery Committee, President of the Finance Council, Chairman of the Building Committee, and active as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and Usher.

He is survived by a son, Thomas “Mike” Finneran of Orangeburg, a daughter Carmel “Carm” Finneran of Leesville, a sister Margaret Finneran Wagner, a brother Michael F. Finneran and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 72 years, Gertrude Duck Finneran and brothers Patrick, Raymond, John and sister Eileen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at St. Mark Catholic Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

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#14 gc 2018-09-03 08:34
My sincere condolences tot he family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time and the days ahead (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
#13 Heather 2018-09-02 08:14
May Jehovah God sustain you at this time of such great loss.
#12 Frederick N 2018-09-01 05:04
To the Family ,
I would like to express how sorry to hear of your loss. I recently lost my father. The pain of losing a loved one is a pain that seemingly never goes away. However, the pain can lessen when we think of what God has promised to do for us.
What comfort does he provide us? First of all, at 1 Cor 15:26 it says: "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." So God views death as an enemy and will eventually remove death.
Secondly, Jesus gave us hope when at John 11:25 he said: "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" So there is a chance to see our loved ones again under better conditions.
This comfort from the Bible has helped me in dealing with the loss of my father and I hope it will help your family to some degree with your loss.
#11 Terry L. Megehee 2018-08-30 15:51
I only knew Tom for a short period as lunch mates at Springfield Place. As a member of the Greatest Generation, he epitomized everything good about America.
#10 B & T Huntsberger 2018-08-29 18:49
Sounds like an amazing man. We see now where Carm gets her grit and determination! Sorry we never met him. Glad he had Carm and her love and dedication.
#9 Lynn Mohler 2018-08-28 20:01
Your parents were such a sweet couple. We moved in across the street from them 25 years ago on Park Drive. Your dad made the best peanut brittle... both of them were always so friendly. So sorry for your loss.
#8 Susie Berry 2018-08-28 13:09
I did not know you personally, but I thank you for your service for this great country!
#7 Barb & Earl Simon 2018-08-27 18:03
We are so sorry Carm & Mike.
We loved your Dad a lot & had many great phone calls with him
We are praying for you two..& we will be in touch soon!

Love you,
Barb & Earl
#6 Casey Burgess 2018-08-27 14:47
It was an honor to know such a man as Mr.Finneran. Even though I didn't know him long I felt like I got to know him and his family very well in such a short period of time. I knew right away the love he had for our God, our country & for his family. He surely will be missed. Carmel we have you as well as all of your family in our thoughts and prayers.
#5 Becki McSwain 2018-08-27 12:43
Dear Carmy,
My mother, Julia McSwain, wants you to know how much she will miss standing in the Dining Room line with your father, and seeing him around Springfield. Both she and my Dad (Bill McSwain, who passed away in 2014), were both so fond of Mr. Tom, and always commented about what a kind and perfect gentleman he was.
Mom wants you to know that she is saying prayers of comfort for you and your family.
Becki McSwain
#4 Joan Perkins 2018-08-27 09:46
It was a very special time knowing you and Trude. May you both be in eternal rest with Our Lord.
#3 Charles Wagner 2018-08-27 08:15
I'll miss you Uncle Tom,

You were always full of wisdom. A man's man and somebody that would make anybody proud. I love you and hope to see you in Glory. I am proud I have the honor of being named after you (in reverse order). Your nephew and friend. Charles Thomas Wagner.
#2 Karen craven 2018-08-26 20:53
Carnal you and your family have my deepest symahay and love and prayers karen craven
#1 Rhonda Louann Frick 2018-08-26 14:49
I did not have the honor of knowing Mr. Finneran personally, however I thank him for his exemplary service to our great nation and my fellow citizens!I salute you, Sir! I extend my sincere sympathy to family and friends!
~ God bless,
Rhonda Louann Minick Frick