Patrick A. Finnegan

Patrick Arthur Finnegan, 71, of Bloomingdale, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, listening to Irish music and surrounded by family members who loved him.

Born in Saranac Lake on Nov. 9, 1942, he was the son of Arthur Leo and Helen (Gardner) Finnegan.

Patrick attended and graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 1960 and later attended Plattsburgh State University. Patrick had been employed at Cold Spring Harbor School District as a teacher, coach and mentor. Upon retirement, he returned to his childhood home in Bloomingdale, where he continued to enjoy the Adirondacks as an avid hunter and fisherman. He wintered in Puerto Rico, where he enjoyed a steady stream of visitors. He loved to share a good story and a laugh with friends and family.

He is survived by one brother, Timothy Finnegan and his wife Joanne of Saratoga Springs; one sister Adele McGowan of Middlebury, Vt.; two nephews: Michael McGowan of San Marino, Calif. and Timothy McGowan of Lincoln, Vt.; two nieces: Jennifer Finnegan McCafferty of Chapel Hill, N.C. and Cammeron Finnegan McLaughlin of Ross, Calif.; and 10 great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will take place at the convenience of the family.

Friends wishing to remember Patrick A. Finnegan may make memorial contributions to Hope Lodge in Burlington in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at