Harold Finch, Jr.

November 17, 1946 ~ October 22, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Harold Finch, Jr. Obituary

Family will receive friends on Friday, November 3, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Christian Valley Baptist Church, 3330 Scottwood Road, Columbus, OH 43227. Interment: Glen Rest Memorial Estate.

Harold Finch Jr. was born on November 17, 1946, in Columbus Ohio to Harold and Edna (Meredith) Finch, Sr.  He was the eldest of two children and affectionately known as “Mouse” by his family.

Harold was educated through the Columbus City School system and graduated in 1964 from Linden McKinley High School.  He also earned a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Franklin University in 1976.  While in high school, he played basketball, football, and ran track. During his time on the basketball team, he led a boycott against the unfair treatment of the black players on the team along with 7 other teammates. Harold was an athlete of many sports but football was where he excelled. He was known as “Radar” and some people would often refer to him as “Baby Jim Brown”.  Which was a very deserving name since everyone knew that he was a diehard Cleveland Browns fan, so much that they gave him a victory win while he was transitioning.

After graduating he served in the United States Navy and was stationed in San Diego, CA, where he later fought in the Vietnam War.  

Upon coming back to Columbus, Harold worked at Westinghouse and sold insurance for Nationwide and other various companies for many years throughout his career.  He later retired from the United States Postal Services.

In Harold’s younger years he enjoyed bike riding, traveling, and joyriding in his Cadillac.  He was a team leader, good friend and an overall amazing person. One thing to remember was his love for music that led to an incredible album collection with The Temptations being at the top of his list. He believed in giving back to the community by occasionally helping feed the Linden McKinley football team on game days and donating to help inner city youth football teams.  Most of all, he enjoyed and believed in spending quality time with his loved ones.  He loved his family; especially his grand and great-grand children.    

Harold is preceded in death by parents, Harold and Edna Finch;  beloved wife of 33 years, Linda (Johnson) Finch; brother, Edmond Finch, Sr.; special aunts, Bernice Lewis and Lula B. White; friends, Johnnie Wade and Russell “Buddy” Howard.

He leaves to cherish his memory, children, Bryan (Gina) Finch, Carla Finch, and Stephanie (James) Cook; grandchildren, Cameron (Chelsie) Campbell-Finch, DeAndre’ (LaShaun) Stith, Brittany (Cecil) Coffie, Charnell Tenae Campbell, Tiesha Holt, Bryan Harold Finch, Brittney (Brandon) Nowlin, James Cook II; special cousins, Sandra “Sweetpea” Talbert and Ronald White; special son, Omar Abubkar; special friends, James “Will” Williams,  Sonora Bell, Paulette Kelly, Judy Williams, Maxine Smith, Valerie Long, Robin Nelson, Charles “Wiz” Williams, and the Somerset - Elmreeb Drive Family; 12 great-grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, family and friends.

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November 3, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Christian Valley Baptist Church
3330 Scottwood Rd
Columbus, OH 43227

Funeral Service
November 3, 2023

11:00 AM
Christian Valley Baptist Church
3330 Scottwood Rd
Columbus, OH 43227

Interment following funeral service
November 3, 2023

Glen Rest Memorial Estate
8029 E. Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068


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