ELLSWORTH - M. Phillip "Phil" Finley Jr., 61, died unexpectedly due to complications of juvenile diabetes on Oct. 7, 2013, at a Bangor hospital. He was born Jan. 12, 1952, in Dover-Foxcroft, son of Betty J. (Oliver) and Merle P. Finley Sr.
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He graduated from PCHS in Guilford in 1970 and attended Waynesburg State College and the University of Maine at Orono. Phil was a dedicated and loyal employee of Webber Energy Fuels for 39 years. He began his career at Chase & Kimball Oil Company, Dover-Foxcroft, as an oil burner technician. He was then transferred to Roy Brothers in Old Town as a general manager and finished his career as the general manager at Hancock Oil, Ellsworth. Phil was a member of the Guilford Fire Department, Rotary Club International, Star in the East Lodge No. 60, 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the Anah Temple Shriners "Wheeler" Unit, Bangor. The most important thing in his life was his family. Phil enjoyed cooking, entertaining and snowmobiling. He was the life of the party whose generosity was as big as the man.
He is survived by, Sandra P. Finley, the love of his life, whom he married on June 22, 1974, and enjoyed 39 years of wedded bliss; his children, Megan Finley Kreie, John Kreie and granddaughter, Ava Kreie, and Jennifer and Aaron Elswick and grandson, Kyler; mother, Betty J. Finley; sister, Marcia and David Graves; niece, Elizabeth; nephew, Alex; and many special nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special friends, John French and Rick Pembroke. He was predeceased by his father, Merle P. Finley Sr.
A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04402, Shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. "To Live in the Hearts we Leave Behind is Not to Die." Thomas Campbell. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Oct. 10, 2013