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1967 Brett 2018

Brett J. Finlay

March 17, 1967 — June 4, 2018

Brett James Finlay 1967 - 2018

Brett Finlay, 51, passed away June 4, 2018, at his home in Shelton, Washington.  Brett grew up on the Long Beach peninsula, the youngest of six children.  After high school, he received his machinist certification from Lower Columbia College and worked for several years as a machinist before starting his own construction company. He was exceptionally good with building things and anything mechanical.    His dad, in particular relied on Brett when anything needed to be built or fixed around the house.  Brett loved dogs and always had one or two near his side.  Brett also enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.  

In 2011, Brett suffered a rare infection on his spinal cord that left him paralyzed.  Despite this, he continued to persevere. Everyone who knew Brett knew he lived life loudly!  He loved his family, and leaves behind two children, Cecelia Finlay Wakefield and Jacob Finlay, to honor his memory.  Bretts children along with his siblings and their families will always remember the exuberance with which he lived life.   Brett has left to join his brother Jeff, his sister Darcy, and his parents, Jim and Marie Finlay, and his nephew, Bryson Finlay.  Think of them with happiness when you are at the beach, fishing, or spending time with your own family.  Your family, your friends, and your dogs will always miss you, Brett.  

Please join us to celebrate the lives of Marie O. Finlay and Brett J. Finlay with a combined Memorial Mass on Saturday, June 23rd, 10:00 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaview.  A reception will be held that afternoon beginning at 1:30 PM the Chinook School Gym.

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BELLEVUE — Marie Odland Finlay, passed away June 30, 2015.  Born and raised in Seattle, she was a well-known Northwest artist, who earned her degree in art from the University of Washington. 

Marie married Jim Finlay in 1954. They moved their family to the Long Beach Peninsula in 1968. All six of their children graduated from Ilwaco High School and moved into successful careers. Marie was a dedicated Ocean Beach School Board member and spent many hours helping the schools. She loved participating in Mentor Club and looked forward to hosting it. She truly had a green thumb, even growing oranges and bananas in her living room.  She was involved in a variety of volunteer organizations throughout her life, was a gourmet cook, a great hostess and loved hosting family and friends at the Finlay home in Ilwaco, as well as Whidbey Island and on ski trips in Bend, Oregon.

Marie is survived by her children Leanne, Bruce and Alise, as well as her grand children and great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jim and children Jeff and Darcy. The family would like to honor her memory at a combined Celebration of Life for Marie and her son Brett   on Saturday, June 23rd, 10:00 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaview with a reception that afternoon, 1:30 at the Chinook School Gym.

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