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Retired Warrant Officer James Philip Finn, 83, of Silver Spring died unexpectedly Sept. 7, 2012, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown.

Born Nov. 22, 1928, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Grace Heming Finn and Francis J. Finn.

He graduated from Allegany High School and joined the U.S. Marine Corps on June 11, 1946. While stationed in Quantico, Va., he met his future wife. He retired Sept. 30, 1968, after serving as a disbursing officer in Camp Pendleton, Calif., Korea, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Vietnam and Marine Corps headquarters. His second career was as a management analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce for 22 years.

After his second retirement, he enjoyed friends, bowling in a league, traveling to timeshares and watching the Washington Redskins. He was introduced to the world of computers and spent many years researching family trees on He found more than a thousand relatives and extended family members. He could not, however, find siblings of his father who were placed in an orphanage after their mother’s death.

During his last few years, his grandson, Tim, helped him out by accompanying him to the commissary and medical appointments at Walter Reed. Efforts to get him to move from his apartment to St. Mary’s County were unsuccessful, and he remained in Silver Spring independently until he was hospitalized on July 22.

He is survived by his daughter, Connie Finn-Bunales of California; son-in-law, Dr. Roy H. Bunales; grandchildren, Kristin & Tim; and many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Louise Cranford Finn; his sisters, Jean Sneathen, Dorothy LaMartina and Patricia Whiteside; and his partner, Jan Braim.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown, where a funeral service will be conducted at 6 p.m. by Deacon Lou Koeniger of St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Hollywood. Relatives and friends are invited to gather at D.B. McMillan’s in Wildewood at 7 p.m. for an Irish wake. Interment will take place Monday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.