William Finissi

April 19 1931 - August 21 2022

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Funeral Mass
Friday August 26th 2022 at 10:00 am

St. Timothy Catholic Church
1088 Thomas Lane
Columbus , Ohio 43220


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William (Bill) Joseph Finissi Sr, 91, peacefully passed away on August 21 at Kobacker House surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the son of Dominic and Virgina Finissi. After growing up in Clarksburg, West Virginia, he went on to play football for Salem College, The United States Army and The Washington Redskins. He then enjoyed an extensive business career with American Electric Power, The Ohio Legislature, The Ohio Boxing Commission and The Ohio College Board. Bill had a true passion for coaching. Over the years he coached basketball at The Pontifical College Josephinum and football at Immaculate Conception as well as volunteered for the Watterson Football Program. He was a proud member of the Athletic Committee at The Ohio State University and St. John's Italian Catholic Church. His love for The New York Yankees, The Ohio State Buckeyes and his Italian culture was only topped by the love he had for his family. Bill is survived by his wife and best friend of 65 years, Norma Jean; his sons, William Joseph II (Sally) and Michael James (Doreen); his grandchildren, William III, Nicholas (Katelin), Michael II (Kristen), Anthony (Hanna), Tara (Garrison), Sophia and Christopher; and great grandchildren, Royce and Paisley. He was preceded in death by one infant granddaughter, Megan. A private family ceremony will be held this Friday with entombment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Dr, Columbus, OH 43214, or any charity close to your heart, in memory of Bill. Arrangements entrusted to JOHN QUINT TREBONI FUNERAL HOME 614-294-4416

Condolences for William Finissi

From : Patrick Ott
To : Norma
Date: August 24th 2022

I have many fond memories of Bill growing up in Clintonville and attending IC and BWHS. I first met Bill playing football at both schools and then seeing him occasionally at CSOE/AEP, where I also worked. He always took an interest in me, supported my development and was fun to be around. I can still picture Bill calling out plays at my 8th grade IC football games, sharing his stories playing for the Redskins, smiling and chewing his tobacco. Take care ...
From : Norm & Janet Essey
To : Bill and family
Date: August 25th 2022

Our condolences to the Finissi family on the passing of Mr. Finissi. What a tremendous life for this patriarch and we send our love to you all. Norm & Janet
From : Brian Doyle
To : Norma, Biisky and Mike
Date: August 25th 2022

My deepest condolences, for one of the finest men that I have ever know. A true leader of men, and a true confidant and friend. My prayers are with the Finissi family, Brian Doyle
From : Jim Wetherill
To : Bill and family
Date: August 25th 2022

So sorry for yor loss.Bill and I were co-workers atAEP he and I coach against in Basketball during the 60's He also was for the Yankees I for the Indians
From : Meg Charbonneau
To : Mike, Doreen & Family
Date: August 25th 2022

Mike and Doreen, thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Sending love and prayers.
Meg Charbonneau
From : Patty Clifford
To : The Finissi Family
Date: August 26th 2022

I’m so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful man and he was always kind to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace
Love, Patty Clifford
From : Mike & Kerree Susi
To : Finissi Family
Date: August 26th 2022

We our so very sorry to hear about Mr. Finissi, what a great guy! Will miss seeing him and are long talks at church especially football. God Bless, thoughts and prayers for all. Your Friends Mike & Kerree Susi
From : Ron and Holly Jewsikow
To : Norma Jean
Date: August 30th 2022

You have our deepest sympathy. We are very sorry you are having to go through this.
From : Joe Motil
To : The Finissi Family
Date: September 9th 2022

I will never forget my days of playing football at IC for coach Fin. He got the best out of us and we had fun doing it. I am thankful for the lessons he taught me early in my life. My thoughts are with him and the Finissi family.
From : Bert Shramko
To : Mike Finissi
Date: October 23rd 2022

I remember your dad when we went to Virginia Tech on a recruiting trio for CSOE.
He was so nice to me he made a life long impression. Also remember his retirement party. Great guy.
Please give my condolence to your family and you.

Hope all is well with you.