Jack Finegold, of Marco Island, Fla., and Falmouth, Mass., has passed away. He was a devoted husband and father. He fought a short battle with melanoma and died at the age of 81 on Aug. 11, 2006.
Finegold was born in Buffalo, New York and was a graduate of City College of New York with a degree in Economics. During World War II he served as a volunteer fireman for New York City and then enlisted in the Army infantry and was awarded the Purple Heart. He met his wife of 55 years, Margot (Gabrielski) Finegold in Germany. She passed away on May 23, 2004.
He was most recently employed at Bazar, Inc. of Providence, R.I, where for 20 years he was a manufacturer's representative to the Armed Forces and covered all of New England for a territory. Prior to that he worked for the PX as a purchasing manager.
During that time he and his family were stationed in Germany, New York City, Iceland, Guam and Montgomery, Ala. He frequently traveled to the Far East on buying trips and loved the experience, but Iceland remained his favorite place.
He enjoyed tennis, which he played until recently, as well as chess, Sudoko, learning Italian and singing Italian Opera. He also had a passion for collecting and repairing Lionel trains. He believed strongly in the rights of individuals and supported many organizations in that endeavor.
He is survived by his only child, Michael J Finegold of Falmouth, Mass.; his sister, Arlene Stern and brother-in-law, Edward Stern of Laurel, MD; a niece and nephew, Karen Stern and Ken Stern of Maryland and a niece, Kristin Stamm of Germany. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Ursula Gabrielski of Stuttgart, Germany and Dora Berndt of Spain.
Visiting hours will be on Friday, Aug. 18 from 1-3 p.m. at Chapman, Cole and Gleason, 584 West Falmouth Hwy. (Rt. 28A) , West Falmouth, followed by the burial at Oak Grove Cemetery.
His family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in the name of Jack J. Finegold can be sent to Hospice of Naples, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Fla., or The Skin Cancer Foundation (www.skincancer.org ).