Lawrence Luke Finnegan Jr., 55, of Senecaville, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

He was born in Columbus on Feb. 15, 1958, to Frances Hildebrand Baker and the late Lawrence L. Finnegan, Esq.

Lawrence was the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Roy D. Hildebrand, formerly of Newcomerstown.

He was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Sean Francis Finnegan Sr. on Feb. 4, 2008.

Lawrence was a Roman Catholic by faith.

Throughout his life he loved adventures, starting at age ten spending the summer on a Navaho Indian reservation in New Mexico.

While attending Culver Military School, he learned to fly and was able to solo. He knew just about everything there was to know about airplanes. He always wanted to obtain his pilots license and today received his pilot's wings. He possessed a photographic memory and had a great desire to learn about all things. He traveled and worked worldwide while making friends throughout the world.

He was a certified commercial diver where he graduated first in his class. He became an Alaskan legend written about by Frank Gerjevi whose column is featured in the Alaskan Daily News. The author writes about his desire to obtain work but will not pad his resume or in short, lie. He discussed at length about politics, law, defense and being in the Ohio National Guard. He said he was cold and broke but his optimism and willingness to work paid off. He was hired by an airline in Cold Bay. The writer commented it's good to know some breaks still go to a man who's broke but honest. The adventures included working on commercial fishing boats in the Bering Sea and later years of commercial fishing in Belize where he was well loved and respected.

One of his greatest joys in life was watching his beloved Notre Dame football team.

Lawrence had a very kind and loving heart. He never saw faults in others. He was a devoted son, brother, and uncle. He will be greatly missed by his mother, Frances Baker and her husband, Richard, as well as his brother, Kirk Finnegan of Senecaville; his sister, Heather Finnegan-Cox and her husband James; his niece, Lauren Burrell Cox; and his nephews, Rory Cox and Sean F. Finnegan Jr., all of Merritt Island, Fla.

A mass of Christian burial was Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Coshocton with the Rev. Fr. William Hritsko officiating.

Burial followed in West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown.

In keeping with Lawrence's love for animals, memorial contributions may be made to a local humane society of the donor's choice. He recently lost his beautiful black lab, "Hunter."

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