Greek Festival, Daytona
William Finn
  • 69 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 2, 1942
  • Date of passing: Jan 31, 2011
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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, William J. Finn who was born on January 2, 1942 and passed away on January 31, 2011. We will remember him forever.

Please share your stories, uplooad pictures, comment on pictures and leave a tribute to remember him here. Bill was loved by many and will be missed by all, but mostly, me,  Perry-Nicholas Isch, his partner in love and life.

In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to "The Point Foundation" thepointfoundation.org an educational charity. Bill's passion was teaching and would have wanted any money you would spend on flowers to go to a foundation like this in his honor. Thank you

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by perry-nicholas isch on 31st January 2016

"seems so long yet as close as yesterday... 5 years can go by in the blink of an eye. i will forever miss you Bill and today i am reminded of all the incredible memories we have. RIP love, know that I love you always"

This tribute was added by Lucille Strommer on 3rd January 2016

"Still having a hard time believing you are gone.....awaiting your Saturday call to catch up and for you to have your "Lucille" fix.....miss you terribly........"

This tribute was added by Clark Winchester on 2nd January 2016

"Hey friends of Bill. I loved his get to it personality. He taught me the proper way to walk a dog. On walking Riff Raff, we'd comment on how nice this house was and that one and disqusting a neghibor's yard looked. This all sounds like trivia but how I'd love to do it again. Love always, Clark"

This tribute was added by ROBERT KATULAK on 2nd January 2016

"Dear Bill,
Happy Birthday in Heaven. I will have a Hazelnut. Coffee with those great cookies you used to make.
Love, Robert(John) Katulak"

This tribute was added by Stephen Butler on 2nd January 2016

"Hey Bill,  Thinking of you today. Sometimes I sit and remember fondly our trips to "Billy's playhouse" and Florida.  Still hard to believe my friend Bill is gone.  Hope you are having a great time in that playhouse in the sky. Love you Bill."

This tribute was added by perry-nicholas isch on 2nd January 2016

"Happy birthday bill. Forever in my thoughts."

This tribute was added by DEMITRI "JIMMY" HIOTELES on 1st February 2015

"You still are in my memory and my heart. You were and are a priceless friend never to be forgotten!"

This tribute was added by Clark Winchester on 31st January 2015

"HI Bill. You are part of my existance today because you will always be a part of me and all the others living or passed over. That is what makes us whole, our past, present.
I have no future but NOW, at this moment.
Bill use to walk the dogs with me every day , Afterwards we'd have coffee.  Perry, I know you loved him."

This tribute was added by perry-nicholas isch on 31st January 2015

"Hard to comprehend its been 4 years since I lost you. this morning i awoke thinking of you and this day, all this time later and its still difficult. I am so glad I made this lifelong tribute for you. It helps to read through the tributes and notes from all those you touched. The years have been challenging to say the least. But through all the ups and downs the love we shared continues to be my strength. You were so proud of the business I had started and encouraged me always. It's ironic the involvement the business has with schools these days, somehow I feel connected to you though it. Thank you my love, for all we shared and for watching over me. With all my heart I love you. You will never be forgotten & Forever Missed Bill."

This tribute was added by Annette Bismarck on 31st January 2015

"Never does a day go by that you aren't in my thoughts. I miss you more than words could ever express. My heart will never heal. I wish I could talk to you once more. You were the brother I wish I had, & the friend that was always honest when I needed truth. There were so many good times we had together. No one can take those moments away. They will remain imbedded in my heart & mind forever. I miss you my William."

This tribute was added by Patricia Sherman on 3rd January 2015

"He is still here because I still hear him in my head, see him in my mind, and feel him in my heart.  He left a huge impression on so many people. Happy Birthday Bill."

This tribute was added by kathy garvey on 2nd January 2015

"I've had my share of losses but this one still hurts. He simply will never be replaced.  God bless you Perry, you were a gift to Bill I'll never forget."

This tribute was added by ROBERT KATULAK on 2nd January 2015

"We miss you and your delicious food and sense of humor.Happy BIRTHDAY in Heaven. I am sure you are hosting coffee right now.
Love,
Robert(John) and Johanna Katulak
Florida New York"

This tribute was added by perry-nicholas isch on 2nd January 2015

"Happy birthday Bill. I know you always hated anyone recognizing your birthday but I still told you every year. If i could load 73 candles here i would. Hard to believe it's been 4 years since loosing you. Thank you for looking over me and being my guardian angel.  Forever in my heart."

This tribute was added by perry-nicholas isch on 31st January 2014

"Today I awoke with memories of this day 3 years ago. It was one of the most difficult times of my life. I assumed all was going to be ok and you were winning the fight. Loosing you turned my world upside down and 3 years later its as difficult as yesterday. I was/am fortunate to have wonderful, loving friends to help me through. Today I lost my lover, my friend, my partner.. fitting that I found this site to create a lasting memorial for you Bill, "Forever Missed". Rest in peace my love."

This tribute was added by Annette Bismarck on 31st January 2014

"Not a day goes by that you aren't on my mind. The times we shared together were truly priceless moments. I miss you so much & will go on missing you for the rest of my life. You will always be in my heart, my friend & truly the brother I never had. Love you my Billy, xxx ooo"

This tribute was added by DEMITRI "JIMMY" HIOTELES on 2nd January 2014

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL! After 3 years you are not forgotten. It seems like only yesterday we shared Christmas together with you and Perry. You will always be with us if not in the physical, but in our memories and in our hearts. Much Love Demitri "Jimmy""

This tribute was added by perry-nicholas isch on 2nd January 2014

"Happy birthday bill, hard to believe its been 3 years. You are missed and always will be loved.
Forever, perry"

This tribute was added by Patricia Sherman on 2nd January 2014

"Happy Birthday Bill.  Every once in a while I see a white convertible and half expect to see you driving with your perfect hair and collar turned up.  How did you keep your hair from being a mess....in a convertible?  Hope there are beaches where you are.  I know how you loved to bask in the sun.  Think of you often."

This tribute was added by Gene Moore on 9th May 2013

"Carlos and I still miss Bill terribly.  His cheery funny demeanor and stories enlivened our weekends whenever we drove up from NYC for the weekend.  We'd first tour his gardens to see what was in bloom, then head inside to sit on the floor of his "garden room" to have coffee and gossip.  Much fun, and a "forever" memory."

This tribute was added by Frances Amelio on 8th May 2013

"My dear friend Bill,  how I miss our calls and visits.  Always in my heart."

This tribute was added by perry-nicholas isch on 7th May 2013

"Its national teacher appreciation day and i find myself thinking of you today. How many lives you enriched in your 3 + decades of teaching. Today i reflect on how fortunate and blessed to have the time with you that i did. you are forever missed Bill."

This tribute was added by Marvin Strong on 31st January 2012

"As I drive by Pelican Bay on a daily basis I often reflect back on Bill and the  laughs and humor he shared. Bill was one hell of a guy. RIP my friend, you are are forever in my heart and truly missed."

This tribute was added by Suzanne Chartier on 31st January 2012

"Perry I woke thinking of you and your life with Bill. I called to wish you a good day. Thinking of all your memories that you shared is a good thing. Memories are the forever lasting feelings that we hang on to. Its been 15 years since Charlie passd and I still think of him everyday. Thank God for our times we shared with our loved ones. You are heavy in my thoughts today. Remember 143 Mom"

This tribute was added by Clark Winchester on 31st January 2012

"I sometimes wonder if respect means as much as love.I loved Bill but what attracted me to him was his unconditional acceptance of his friends. Also liked his quick wit. He was like a mentor and once took me to a fish fry at Halifax Golf Club. He says to me, " Clark, this is the first
time that Ihave seen you let your hair down and truly enjoyed yourself."

This tribute was added by perry-nicholas isch on 31st January 2012

"A year has seemed like a lifetime and has also passed as quickly as a moment. Thankful of the life we shared and the memories created, I will cherish both forever."

This tribute was added by Annette Bismarck on 31st January 2012

"I love you and miss you very much. There is never a day that you are not in my thoughts. I cherish the time that we spent together. The "fun" times will follow me for the rest of my days. I will always remember and thank God that you were part of my life and for that matter, always will be. Happy 1st. Birthday in heaven, my brother. xxx ooo"

This tribute was added by Frances Amelio on 31st January 2012

"Dearest Bill...It has been a year today and it's still hard to believe you're gone.  That smile, that aligh...that you.
Always in my thoughts
Love
Fran"

This tribute was added by Dee Whelan Smith on 29th January 2012

"Mr. Finn, you were by far the best teacher I've ever had!  I'm so sorry to hear of your passing. You touched so many lives, whether you know it or not.  All of us Trolls bring a piece of you along with us through this journey on earth!  RIP!!"

This tribute was added by Kent Hottinger on 3rd January 2012

"I really missed sharing our birthdays together yesterday, Bill.  Skip and I still miss our morning coffee hours with you, discussing/solving the world problems.  Perry, may 2012 bring you comfort and peace, knowing how much Bill is loved/missed by all his friends.   Pelican Bay will never be the same again without our Billyville Mayor!!"

This tribute was added by jean bolton on 2nd January 2012

"Dear Bill,
The calendar turns and the year starts with thinking of you on your birthday. May you rest in peace and watch down with a smile at all of us who still miss you so very much.
Perry, thiniking of you today as well. Peace and love to you. Jean"

This tribute was added by ROBERT KATULAK on 2nd January 2012

"DEAR BILL,
We all miss you and will miss coming to your house for the Daytona 5oo this year. Your favorite boy, our son, Robert has moved closer to you in South Carolina. Rest in Peace dear friend!
Robert & Johanna Katulak"

This tribute was added by Frances Amelio on 2nd January 2012

"HappyBirthday Dear Friend....You are so missed...always in my Heart
Hold your glass high and toast Billy.
Love You
Fran"

This tribute was added by kathy garvey on 2nd January 2012

"What's to say except   miss you   miss you   miss you"

This tribute was added by Cathie Gaspard on 2nd January 2012

"I am sure Bill is celebrating big today in heaven. He loved parties and people. Nothing would stop him from having a good time.
Happy Birthday Bill."

This tribute was added by perry-nicholas isch on 2nd January 2012

"Happy Birthday Billy. thinking of you today. today would have marked your 70th young birthday which you wouldn't want anyone to acknowledge ( but we all would).  It seems almost sureal that a year has passed. you are thought of each and every day. Many reflected and mentioned your absence at the annual New years party in Lauderdale. You are remembered with much love, RIP my love."

This tribute was added by perry-nicholas isch on 25th December 2011

"My first Christmas without you.. to say its difficult would be an understatement. I remember our first Christmas and all our other firsts. You made my life complete and filled it with love and I know I did the same for you. My heart aches everyday your not with me. I enjoyed Chuck's birthday and spend Christmas eve with Bruce and Karen. You were missed and remembered by all. Love you"

This tribute was added by perry-nicholas isch on 24th November 2011

"Thinking of you today and reflecting how thankful I am to have shrared our lives together. Missing you"

This tribute was added by Frances Amelio on 21st November 2011

"Hey my handsome Billy,
Another holiday without talking to you.  You're in my thoughts and prayers always.
Love you
Fran"

This tribute was added by Patricia Sherman on 21st November 2011

"Isn't it amazing how many people can be affected by one person.   With a twinkle in his eye, a keen wit and a knowing smile he had a way of making everyone around him smile.   He taught me so much about life and how to live it and I will forever carry some of those ideas with me.  Thank you, Bill, for being my guide for a short time.  You will be missed very much."

This tribute was added by perry-nicholas isch on 2nd October 2011

"244 days since you were taken from me. I sit today and think about how full my life was with you, how much you completed me, and how very lucky I am to have had the life with you that i did. I love you and miss you terribly."

This tribute was added by Kent Hottinger on 5th June 2011

"Dear Perry,
There is not a day that goes by that we don't think about our beloved friend, Bill. He is truly missed by everyone. . . .Pelican Bay will never be the same again without our "Mayor". Perry, may you find peace and comfort."

This tribute was added by kathy garvey on 3rd April 2011

"we were two outsiders when we met in High School but somehow you managed to be true to yourself then and throughout all the years. I was slower to reach that point and it helped that you knew I would. Peace to you and Perry."

This tribute was added by Rodnaey Kinser on 4th March 2011

"Perry
Peace Be With You My Friend"

This tribute was added by laurie smith on 3rd March 2011

"Dear Perry,
We look down the canal and we  miss Bill all over again.  He was the "Mayor of Pelican Bay".  
We wish you strength and peace as you go forward.
It is with difficulty we say goodbye but even though he wouldn't like it we will say   "Bill,God bless, God speed, and we love you".
Love,
Laurie and Fred"

This tribute was added by George Rosso on 1st March 2011

"My friend, my neighbor, you were the first to welcome me to the block with a cake and open invitation for coffee. You also opened your home to me many times after I moved and I will always be greatful for our short 10 year friendship.  The coffee is ready, I will miss you Bill"

This tribute was added by Ann Halligan on 24th February 2011

"Bill was my closest and dearest cousin. We phoned each other often and had many good laughs together. I will miss him terribly.
My heartfelt sympathy to Perry, Annette and all of Bill's friends.
The picture of Bill as a young man on the beach tugged at my heart, that is so Bill Finn. From the time he was a teenager Bill was always bronze(I was so envious). He loved and lived for the sun."

This tribute was added by phillip paul sidney on 21st February 2011

"It is not hard to believe three weeks have passed,Bill, because i miss you every day.....sometimes i forget you are not at home and have to turn my car around.... you have the coffee on someplace new and your table is full of olde friends .."

This tribute was added by Frances Amelio on 17th February 2011

"Fran Amelio
Dear Perry,

You fulfilled Billy, may the many tributes to Billy comfort you at this time. He will be forever in my heart.
With love and prayers
Fran"

This tribute was added by Gene Moore on 17th February 2011

"Carlos and I have known Bill for nearly 30 years.  The memories are all good, and so many laughs.  We would visit him at the "rhododendron" house in Florida NY on weekends (up from the City), and had great times eating his wonderful food, esp his turkey and turkey soup made from the leftovers.  He was one of the funniest irascible people we've known.  Move over, Don Rickles, Bill is/was your match"

This tribute was added by DEMITRI "JIMMY" HIOTELES on 17th February 2011

"Dearest Perry,
I was shocked when Helen called me to tell me the sad news. What I had feared came to pass. I thought Bill could have beat the cancer monster with his powerful personality and me being a cancer survivor I thought my pep talks & support would have helped him with the fight. He's in a better place now.
Much Love
Jimmy"

This tribute was added by Marvin Strong on 13th February 2011

"Perry,
Jay and I was so saddened to learn of Bill's passing. Remeber all the happy times and we all know there were many. What the two of you shared was displayed  and well known. Bill will be greatly missed and will not be forgotten. Bill was a true GEM. Perry please know that Bill will always be your soulmate. Know that Jay and I share the sarrow that we all know to well."

This tribute was added by Ed and Bruna Clark on 13th February 2011

"We love and dearly miss our adopted nephew, Billy.Always ready with a listening ear,helpful hand, cup of soup and ride to anywhere!His spirit and memory is with us in so many moments and gifts in our home.He lived life his way. Perry, you came into his life and each of you spread your happiness to us.We hold Billy in our hearts forever."

This tribute was added by Ronald Lawson on 13th February 2011

"I am so sorry for your loss perry. He was a fine gentlmen and he always made me laugh. I know you are hurting but you have good and loving friends to help you. Bill was a gentlemen and a great guy. I will miss him too. Sincerely, Ron"

This tribute was added by paul huss on 13th February 2011

"Dear Perry,                                    
Its always so tough on the loved ones left behind. be kind to yourself.Billy was such a character and a wonderful teacher. He will always be remembered.Patty and Paul Huss"

This tribute was added by J H on 12th February 2011

"I was saddened to hear about Bill's illness and passing. I taught with Bill for many years at Washingtonville ...his smile and witty remarks always made us laugh....he was a kind hearted man....and well-liked, as attested to by the "family" from WCS that followed him to Florida! My sympathy to you, Perry, and to all of his "Florida Family". Most Sincerely, Jeri"

This tribute was added by Cathie Gaspard on 12th February 2011

"Perry,
I never got to meet you when I visited Bill in Florida but I know Bill was very happy. Working with Bill in Washingtonville made my job a lot more fun and interesting. I hear bill continued to make life fun and interesting as he was known as the Mayor of Washingtonville South. I am blessed to have known Bill. My prayers and thoughts are with you."

This tribute was added by Karen Denisi on 12th February 2011

"What can one say about a man who touched so many lives where ever he went. Bill was one of a kind! I worked with Bill in Wizardville for many years and laugh when I think of all the silly wonderful times we had. Perry, I extend my sympathy to you and all Bill's friends in Washingtonville South. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. He will be greatly missed and always remembered."

This tribute was added by Dana Garnjobst on 7th February 2011

"Although I only spent one evening with Bill, Perry and Erol Bert, I am feeling a deep saddness about his passing. If this man had such an impact after meeting him just once, I cannot imagine the saddness all his friends and family must be experiencing. My heartfelt prayers go out to all who love him."

This tribute was added by Clark Winchester on 7th February 2011

"Your tears are my tears"

This tribute was added by Margaret Powell on 7th February 2011

"Mr. Finn was adored by myself and so many others back in Washingtonville Jr. School.....a visit with him was a guaranteed fun time, and always lifted my spirits!!  He always knew how to make us feel grown up and that we were being listened to.   A unique blend of teacher and friend, he always made me smile and I am so very grateful to have had him in my life as a teenager.  Margaret Mirecki Powell"

This tribute was added by Jim Cruzan on 6th February 2011

"....so enjoyed having tea with Bill and Perry after my daily morning walk.  They are not only neighbors but one of my good friends.  Perry I know your pain, having gone thru the same, upon the loss of,Jim, after 41 years.  My deepest sympathy to you. I am here for you should you need a caring shoulder.
   'When Someone you love becomes a memory---
      the memory becomes a treasure'"

This tribute was added by Susan Smith on 6th February 2011

"Bill was truly one of life's most unforgettable characters.  My thoughts and love go out to Perry and all those in 'Billyville'.  He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Suzanne Chartier on 5th February 2011

"Our Presious son Perry, You was the sunshine on a rainy day for Billy. What you two had some never find. Cling to all the memories and know he was a happy man. We are thankful that your love for each other was so special. You are in our thoughts and prayers always. We love you... Hugs Mom and Dad"

This tribute was added by Sydney Isch on 5th February 2011

"Between the numerous car rides, the lazy days just sitting by the pool, or starting everyday with a cup of coffee and whoever drops in. Not a day goes by where I don't think about Bill and laugh at one of his witty sarcastic remarks. I love him for being such a good man to my father, I love him for everything hes ever done for me, and i love him as family, and he will always be in my heart."

This tribute was added by Susan McCallop on 5th February 2011

"I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Finn's passing.  I had him as a teacher in the early 80s in Washingtonville.  What a great time we had in his class.  He will definitely be fondly remembered by all who were graced by his presence."

This tribute was added by Amy Berkowitz on 5th February 2011

"My sister and I both had Mr. Finn and although we were both different we both adored him. I remember being in his class when we watched the Challenger on television go up in space. He was so wonderful and calmed us. And he could quickly make you laugh by sticking a pencil up his nose. But with all of his silliness he was one of the best teachers. Miss you. Amy and Ellen"

This tribute was added by Stephen Butler on 4th February 2011

"I met Bill at a Winter Weekend in the Catskills. The weekend was dismal but my partner and I made a life long friend! A kind man with sage advice and a happy laugh it is hard to think that he is gone -too soon, too soon. Bill - be with the angels now and watch over Perry and Annette. Thank you for being my friend."

This tribute was added by corinne wyman on 4th February 2011

"I was very saddened to hear of Mr Finns passing.  He was my English teacher back in the 80's in Washingtonville.  I will forever be grateful for his kindness.  I was the new girl in school, rather shy and nervous.  Mr Finn was able to put a smile on my face and allowed me to learn in a nurturing environment. RIP, to one of my favorite teachers."

This tribute was added by cindy meyer on 4th February 2011

"We are among the lucky who had the the chance to know and love Billy. He held a very special place in my heart, and will be missed.
Our deepest sympathies to you Perry.

Cindy & Karl Meyer"

This tribute was added by ROBERT KATULAK on 4th February 2011

"Dearest Perry,
There are no words to describe what you must be feeling
except we love you and loved Bill for the past 24 years. Please remember we are always here for you.
The Katulak Family"

This tribute was added by Annette Bismarck on 4th February 2011

"I made a promise to you "my Billy" that I will always keep. I know you are in a better place, but that doesn't mean that we are right now. I love you with all my heart and will miss you for the rest of my life. I am so happy that I spent that great day with you at High Tides. Billy has been my bestfriend and my brother. Perry was your soulmate; he is a blessing from above. I love you Perry"

This tribute was added by tricia Grosso Clancy on 4th February 2011

"There are teachers who inspire you to think outside the box and those are the ones who excite students to become more interesting people and perhaps later, to become a teacher yourself. I made my most embarrassing mistake as a student of Mr. Finn and he handled it with such a good sense of humor. He was such a great teacher, the kind you always remember.
Tricia Grosso Clancy"

This tribute was added by Dick and Chuck Jackman and Marootian on 4th February 2011

"Dear Perry;
There are no words that can express how we feel,
but may you find comfort in knowing that we truly care
and share in your sorrow."


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