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Finbarr O'Donoghue

Finbarr O'Donoghue

Monday, October 7th, 1940 - Friday, August 14th, 2020
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Obituary

Born l940 Co. Cork Ireland
It is with great sadness we announce the death of our beloved husband, father and grandad. Finn will be greatly missed by Judith his wife of 39 years, children Stephen, Alisha and her husband Robert, Christopher and wife Colleen and their six grandchildren: Brieanna, Isabelle, Liam Rheya, Shea and Jeremy. Finbarr died peacefully on August 14, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. His family kept vigil and were present at his side.

Finn was an employee of the Bank of Montreal for 35 years. When he retired he spent some time building a holiday home in Ireland and enjoyed many a holiday in his Irish home with Judith and their family. Although Finn’s roots were buried deeply in Ireland he was also a very proud Canadian. He was the Secretary Treasurer of the Cork Association in Toronto for 13 years from 1988 - 2001 where he and his teenage children would help paint the St. Patrick’s Day Float and march in the parade or be a part of the float when the big day came. He was a member of the Milton Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus, where he helped to cook many a fund raising breakfast meal for the parish. While living in Mississauga, St. Martha and Mary Parish, he was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society helping to provide for the underprivileged. Finn was methodical, and analytical and made many good choices based on these qualities even if they were not always popular. He was generous and charitable with those in need and made certain always that his family was well cared for. We will miss his strength and sound advice but most of all his love, which we were always certain of especially in our times of uncertainty . The grandchildren will miss their grandad’s “Playful silliness” and remember the times they sat on his lap and felt his warmth and unconditional love. Rest In Peace dearest one. Our heartfelt thanks to the nursing staff, P.S.W’s and staff of Acclaim Health, who made it possible for Finn to stay home with us for most of his illness. Thanks to the doctors and nurses of Credit Valley and Milton District Hospital for their compassionate care in Finn’s final weeks. A special thanks to Father Todd Arsenault for visiting our home to administer the sacrament of the sick to our beloved and to Amy and Frank Posner for their friendship and ongoing support.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the McKERSIE-KOCHER FUNERAL HOME 114 Main St. E. Milton 905-878-4452 from 2-4pm & 7-9pm with prayers at 7pm on Thursday, August 20, 2020. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 139 Martin Street Milton on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11am. Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Please note masks are mandatory for the visitation, Funeral Mass and cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Finbarr to the Canadian Cancer Society or Milton District Hospital would be appreciated by the family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    Address
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
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    Notes
    Please note: Face Masks/Face Shields are Mandatory to attend the Visitation
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    Address
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Please note: Face Masks/Face Shields are Mandatory to attend the Visitation
  • Service

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, August 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Holy Rosary Catholic Church
    Address
    139 Martin Street
    MILTON, ON
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    Notes
    Please note: Face Masks/Face Shields are Mandatory to attend the Funeral Mass
  • Interment

    Location
    Evergreen Cemetery
    Address
    230 Ontario Street S.
    MILTON, ON
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    Notes
    Please note: Face Masks/Face Shields are Mandatory to attend the Cemetery

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Joan McNaughton

Posted at 01:19pm
To Judith and Family,

Please accept our sincere sympathy on the death of Finn and our prayers for him and the whole family.

Today, I just saw it in the Champion and would have gone to the Mass if I had known sooner, we don’t get our paper until Friday! I was visiting with my mother at Allendale Friday morning and read it in the afternoon!

God bless you all and know he was much loved.

Sincerely,
Joan & Randy McNaughton & Geraldine Labine
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Pauline.Brooke01@gmail.com

Posted at 08:13am
Dear Judy, Alisha,Chris Stephen and families
Sending our sincere condolences to you all on the sad loss of my Uncle Finn. Steve and I have fond memories of Finn from the many family occasions both here in the UK and in Ireland. We last saw him for the very sad occasion of our sister Margaret’s funeral this time last year and he appeared so well and in good spirits. At the
huge O’Donoghue gathering for Sister Margaret’s
golden Jubilee celebrations my young son (about
5) asked if these were really all my “ancestors “.
We had a great day out on the bus the next day with Finn,Chris and Alisha visiting Cobh Titanic experience. Keen for Andrew to experience more of his great Irish heritage we visited Sister Margaret at St Leo’s Convent and Joan at the farm in Farnalough and had dinner with Finn, Paddy and Mary. Annette has uploaded some photos of these trips. I am so pleased to have these memories to look back on and I’m sure you will have your own which will be of great comfort to you all at this very difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers love from Pauline Steve and Andrew xxx
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Regnum Christi Women

Posted at 03:47pm
Alisha, count on our prayers. From: Paola, Lisa, Ester, Sonia, Diane, Monique, Tawnya, Regina, Faye, Alicia & Helen.
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Harvey Family

Posted at 11:04am
Dear Judy, Alisha and family. I just found out about the passing of your dad last night and wanted to express our sincere condolences. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Hugs,
The Harvey’s
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Annette O'Donoghue

Posted at 10:56am
Bill and I send our deepest sympathy to Judy, Alisha, Chris and families on the loss of a loving husband, father and grandfather. Uncle Finn would have been just a very young man when he first visited my family in Bow, London. My mum had a bit of a soft spot for him (and Josephine) as the youngest in dad's family and often told us she used to knit him little socks when he was a child. Finn was always very pleasant to me and the lead picture on this Memory Wall is exactly how I will remember him, with a big smile on his face. We have shared many happy - and sad - family occasions over the years at weddings, funerals, holidays, Auntie Margaret's Jubilee as a nun, etc. The final time Bill and I saw him was last August at The Bridge House in Dorset (pictured) the day after we all attended my sister Margaret's funeral. I think that, of all my siblings, he was most fond of Margaret so I hope they are now having a good catch up together in heaven, along with those who have gone before them. I will keep Finn and your families in my thoughts and prayers, especially tomorrow. May he rest in peace.
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