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James Patrick Finnegan (Finny)

James Patrick Finnegan (Finny)

James Patrick Finnegan (Finny), age 61, of Eveleth, died November 12, 2017, in Eveleth, MN. Born November 5, 1956 in Virginia, MN, son of Patrick and Marcie (Stopnik) Finnegan.

A talented hockey player, Jim played at Mesabi Community College, the Eveleth-Virginia Rangers and semi-pro hockey for the Sun Valley Suns traveling throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. While in Sun Valley, Jim also developed a deep passion for skiing, mountain biking, and mountain climbing.

Jim was a graduate of UMD and worked in sales. Jim was very fortunate and thankful for his many loyal friends and family who supported him throughout his life and especially the last 25 years. He was a member of a Sacred Heart Parish, the Northern Club, and the Hockey Hall of Fame Board.

He is survived by his mother, Marcie Finnegan; siblings Mary (John Ongaro) Finnegan, Peter Finnegan, John (Lisa) Finnegan, all of Duluth. Nephews, Patrick (Keri Saline) Finnegan, Erin Finnegan, Daniel (Michelle) Ongaro and Casey Tatro; Great nephews Shea and Keenan Finnegan. Cousins Sue (Ralph) Harvey, Renee (Cal) Cossalter and Renelle (Carl) Baranzelli. Special friends: Bob and Linda Benson, Tim and Jeanne Pietrini and Jim Roskoski and numerous other family and friends, too many to individually mention.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, father Pat Finnegan, niece Annie Finnegan and Aunt "Bubbles" Connie Edholm.

In his last unselfish move, Jim donated his body to science at the Anatomy Bequest Center at the University of MN, hoping to play some role in understanding MS or other diseases.

Memorials are the preferred way to honor Jim's memory and may be directed to: MS Society/Minnesota Chapter, 200 12th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415 ( or the donor's choice.

A gathering time for family and friends will be held Friday, November 17, 2017, from 3 to 4 p.m. followed by a funeral Mass in the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Virginia, MN, Fr. Brandon Moravitz, officiant. Traditional Irish Wake to follow. Arrangements by Landmark Funeral Home, Virginia, MN.