John M. Finks, 87


PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. — John Morris Finks, U.S.N. Ret., 87, of Port Charlotte, passed away at his home on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

John was born on Aug. 2, 1928, in Portland, to the late Henry and Marion Finks. He had a very adventurous life. Joining the Navy at age 17 (because sailors have more fun), he served in three wars, retiring after 22 years as a Navy corpsman. During this time, John was married and had three beautiful girls. He then attended the University of Florida and at age 50, graduated as a registered nurse in 1978. John and his second wife Maureen moved to Port Charlotte in 1981.

A former R.N. for Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, John was a member of Temple Shalom in Port Charlotte; a life member of American Legion Post 110 and Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.) Chapter 82, both in Port Charlotte; the Navy Fleet Reserve Association of Orlando, Fla.; and American Jewish War Veterans. He volunteered at a kibbutz in Israel, served on the board at his temple, and after his retirement was a nurse volunteer in a Port Charlotte clinic.

He enjoyed playing poker, golf, watching the Gators play football and basketball, and bowling as a member of the Pin Busters bowling league in Port Charlotte.

John is survived by his beloved third wife of nearly three years, Debra Finks; three daughters, Linda Davis of Casco, Diana (Robert) Gardner of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Donna Finks of Eastport; a sister, Esther Kelly of Portland; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Finks, and second wife of more than 42 years, Maureen J. Finks, in January of 2011.

Funeral services and burial were held at Roberson Funeral Homes Port Charlotte Chapel on Dec. 1, 2015. Burial with military honors by the U.S. Navy and American Legion Post 110 of Port Charlotte will be held at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte.

Friends may visit online at: to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Homes, Port Charlotte Chapel.

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