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John M. Finnegan, New York Telephone executive

Aug. 7, 1931 – April 7, 2014

John M. Finnegan, of Hamburg, a retired executive at New York Telephone, died April 7 in Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg, after a long illness. The Village of Hamburg resident was 82.

Born in Utica, Mr. Finnegan graduated from Utica Free Academy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Utica College and an MBA from Syracuse University.

From 1954 until he retired in 1988, he was a division manager, first with New York Telephone.

He then became director of labor relations at the company.

Mr. Finnegan was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Junior the Achievement of WNY and Wilcox Mansion Restoration Committee.

He was a parishioner of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Hamburg and St. Teresa Catholic Church in Spring Hill, Fla.

He served on the board of directors for Niagara University and Chautauqua Lake Estates, where he was a past president.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Jean Dopp, and two sons, J. Michael and Christopher.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be scheduled in SS. Peter & Paul Church, the family said.

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