Robert Emmet Finnegan passed away peacefully at his residence in Port Jervis, NY, on January 30. Named after the Irish patriot Robert Emmet by his parents, Thomas W. and Mary Ellen Finnegan, Robert was born in The Bronx on February 13, 1956, and grew up in Parkchester. Robert attended special education classes at PS 106, from which he graduated in 1969. He attended a day program at the Gateway Counseling Center in The Bronx, where he was very proud of his job as a coat monitor. Robert lived with his mother until 2003, when he moved to a residence on the Grand Concourse run by Creative Lifestyles. Although moving away from his mother was difficult, Robert made the transition remarkably well, and was very happy in his new residence. After a hospitalization in 2017, Robert was unable to return to his residence on the Concourse. With the help of Creative Lifestyles, Robert was able to move to the residence in Port Jervis run by New York Foundling. Although he was only there a few months, Robert felt at home and was happy there. He was blessed at both residences with wonderful caring staff members who treated him like family.
Robert was well-known and much-beloved when he lived in Parkchester. Seemingly, everyone knew him. His interests and loves were many: old TV shows ("The Beverly Hillbillies," "Batman," "Superman," "Barnaby Jones," "The Honeymooners," Abbott and Costello," "The Three Stooges," "McHale's Navy," and many others); cigars; cars of all types (he had an extensive collection of model cars ranging from the Batmobile to a Duesenberg, which, as he would tell you, Gary Cooper drove); old movies (especially "The Maltese Falcon" and all the Laurel and Hardy movies); the Beatles; the Mets (truth be told, though, he was a bit of a front-runner: when the Yankees or the Giants won the World Series, he wanted one of their shirts), Dunkin' Donuts, and Diet Coke. He did not like Donald Trump, whom he called an egomaniac. Robert had an encyclopedia-like knowledge of old TV and movie stars, for example, recently observing that Bea Benaderet was the voice of Betty Rubble. He had a tremendous sense of humor, and loved to laugh.
He is survived by his brothers, Jimmy, Tommy, and Kevin; his sisters-in-law, Cookie and Marie; his nephews, Brian, Sean, and Dan; his nieces, Megan and Leigh; his aunt, Sheila Finnegan, his cousins, Ed and Gerard Hart, Maureen Flanagan, Kerry Stokes, Kevin Meehan, and Patsy Connelly, and hundreds of friends. The world is a sadder place for his absence.
Family and friends are invited to McNulty Funeral Home, Inc. 3006 Middletown Road Bronx, New York 10461 on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM for visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Robert at St. Helena's Church on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM.