Norman L. Finlayson, Jr.
January 5, 1939 - March 15, 2013
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|Norman L. Finlayson, Jr. of Hilltown, PA, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013 at his home, with his beloved wife, Regina of over 50 years and his children by his side. He was 74.
Born on January 5, 1939 in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Norman L. Finlayson Sr. and Kathryn (Convey) Finlayson.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Norman Finlayson and his wife, Eileen of Quakertown, John Finlayson and his wife, Jill of Quakertown, Joe Finlayson and his wife, Jennifer of Perkasie, Daniel Finlayson and his wife, Donna of Quakertown and Leah Finlayson of Bethlehem. Norm was also very proud of and involved with his 11 grandchildren, Jessica, Rachel, Megan, Joe, Josh, Erinne, Kevin, Mary Kate, Jaden, Jacoby and Danny; a brother, Dr. Harry Finlayson and his wife Linda, of North Wales, PA. He is predeceased by his sister, Kathryn Brown.
Norm served in the United States Army from 1962 until his honorable discharge in l968. He was a union carpenter and a member of Carpenters Union 1462. Norm worked on many buildings in Philadelphia. Norm also built the home that he lived in and his master craftsmanship is evident in the woodwork throughout the home.
Norm was a devout husband, father, and community leader. He was an avid soccer fan and played for the Phoenix Club in his younger years. He coached his children in soccer and baseball. He was an assistant boyscout leader and enjoyed camping with his sons and being a good example to the young men in his troop. He was very proud when his son, Norm became an Eagle Scout. He enjoyed accompanying his son, John to Future Farmers of America events and his daughter to Community Service Corp. volunteer activities. He took pleasure in watching his sons, Joe and Dan play soccer and ice hockey. He loved family vacations camping, deep sea fishing as well as annual deer hunting with his sons and their friends.
Norm was a man of great faith and a member of the Our Lady of Sacred Heart parish since he and his wife moved to Hilltown. He was the founding member of the Knights of Columbus Chapter No. 09736, and the first Grand Knight of his council. Norm and 8 other members received their Fourth Degree together. Norm was also a Eucharistic Minister and loved to read and discuss the Bible. For many years he and his wife volunteered countless hours at the church carnival.
Norm retired from the Union in 1997. He kept busy in his retirement by cooking and making gifts for his grandchildren including wooden trains, rocking horses and makeup tables. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife both inside and outside of the United States. He was also happy to watch his many grandchildren in all their endeavors. His wife and family were very important to him and he spent many happy Sunday dinners, holidays and birthdays celebrating life with them.
In 2010, Norm began cooking breakfast at Abington Hospice in Warminster and brought good food, humor, and compassion to the patients and staff members there. Even when Normís health worsened, he was selfless and determined to continue volunteering at hospice to bring comfort to others in their final days. Norm was a wonderful role model to his children and grandchildren and loved his wife dearly all the years they were together.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 21, 2013 in Our Lady of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 100 Broad Street, Hilltown, PA 18927, where family and friends may call from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM. Interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery
In lieu flowers, donations may be made in Normís name to Abington Hospice, 225 Newtown Road, Warminster, PA 18974.
Arrangements are by the Bernard Suess Funeral Home, Perkasie, PA