John Ernest Finch passed away peacefully on May 3, 2019. He was 89 years old and most recently a resident of Arbor Ridge in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
John lived his early life in Mount Kisco and raised his family in Bedford Hills. He is survived by his devoted wife (Joan) of 62 years, his three children (Christine, Karen, and Paul), his five grandchildren (Mark, Michael, Benjamin, Matthew, and Anna), his sisters (Judy and Patricia) and brother (Robert). John was predeceased by his father (Ernest), mother (Katherine), and brothers (Edward and Joseph).
John served briefly in the Marine Corp before enjoying a long career as an educator with the Bedford Central School District. He began as a Social Studies teacher at Pound Ridge Elementary, then an Assistant Principal at Fox Lane High School, and finally the Principal of Mount Kisco Elementary for two decades. John held degrees from SUNY Cortland and Columbia University.
John was a committed family man, community member, and friend. He engaged in many volunteer efforts throughout his life, including (but not limited to) a volunteer fire fighter in Mount Kisco, a volunteer driver/coordinator for Friends In Service Helping (FISH), and a Board Member of Fellowship Hall in Bedford Hills. John loved to golf, to tend his flowers, and to organize his world in his free time. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home in Rhinebeck on Monday, May 6th, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm. Prayers will be offered during hours.
On Tuesday, friends will be received at the Cassidy & Flynn Funeral Home, 288 E. Main St., Mount Kisco, NY from 10am to 1 pm. Funeral service will be held at 1 pm. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Kisco, NY
Memorial donations may be made in John's memory to the Charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY.
For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com.