Dennis M. Finn, age 72, a former longtime Stoneham resident, passed away February 8th, 2022, surrounded by his family.
Born in Boston, he was the son of the late John and Barbara (Brown) Finn.
He was the beloved husband of the late Helen (Slavin) Finn. He was the proud father of Patrick Finn and his wife, Janine, of Wilmington; Colleen Kenneally and her husband, Dan, of West Roxbury; and Thomas Finn of Tewksbury. He was the brother of John Finn and his wife Carol; Kathy Slavin and her husband Al; and the late Ellen Walker and her husband Jack. He was the loving "Grampy" to Colin, Evan, Nathan, Landon, Hannah, Danny, and Nolan. Dennis is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Dennis grew up in Boston and graduated from Boston English, and his school pride remained strong. He could always be heard cheering for English during the annual English vs Latin football game. He met his beloved wife, Helen, during his teenage years. Dennis wasn't quite sure why she stuck with him, but he would probably tell you it was because he once won second place in a beauty contest. After graduation, Dennis enlisted in the Navy and proudly served during the Vietnam era. Dennis loved sharing stories of his military days and the beautiful places he saw along the coast of Europe. After returning home from the Navy, he married Helen and moved to Stoneham. He began his career as a chemist at Medica Corporation in Bedford and enjoyed working there until his retirement in 2017.
Dennis was a devoted Dad. He spent his weekends coaching sports, watching swim meets, and even participating in a Karate class or two. Most Saturdays, you could find the "Old Man" at Kitty's playing Keno and enjoying a meal after a day of bowling or golf.
Dennis' pride and joy were his seven grandchildren. "Grampy" enjoyed watching his grandkids play soccer and football on the weekend. He took them to swim lessons, partnered with them in bowling leagues, and continued the tradition of taking them to lunch every Saturday. He was their biggest fan and loved to coach from the sidelines. Grampy tried to instill his love for the Yankees in his grandchildren, but much to his chagrin, it didn't quite stick. Nonetheless, he was immensely proud of them; he never missed a chance to spoil or share a story about his "little buddies" and his "princess".
Dennis was a cheerful man with a witty humor. He will forever be remembered for his kindness and generosity. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
At the request of the family, services will be private.
Donations in Dennis' memory can be made to the MSCPA.