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James Edward

Finnerty Jr., James Edward “Handsome Jim”

Born September 5, 1947. Passed away peacefully on Friday April 22, 2016. Survived by his wife Mary (nee Walton) of 45 years. Loving dad of Katie (Todd) McKee of West Allis, WI. Jay of Duluth, MN. and Ryan of Grafton, WI. Proud grandpa of Jacob, Megan and Sean McKee. Brother-in-law of Jed (Karen) Walton, Ann (Mike) Zimmer, Josh Walton and Michaela (Jim) Grove. Other survivors include nephew Ron (Lee) Schneider of Wautoma, great niece Tricia Schneider, and niece Mary Christine of Bay View. Special cousin to Eileen Finnerty of Milwaukee. Preceded in death by his parents James and Martha (nee Resheske), sister Mary Ellen Schneider and brother John. Also survived by other nieces, nephews, relatives and many supportive friends.

Visitation will be Thursday at HOLY ROSARY, 2011 N. Oakland Ave., Milwaukee, WI. 53202 from 10:30AM-12:30PM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30PM.

Proudly served in the United States Army 716 Military Police during the Vietnam War. Jim was a graduate of Layton School of Art, owner of DesignCor and past Post Commander of the Alonzo Cudworth Post #23. To help cope with PTSD, Jim became an award winning abstract artist and his work has been on display throughout the USA and Ireland. Jim was the original creator of the Paddy McFest Logo.

The family would like to thank the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center for all their special care. A special thank you to Father John Perez for his care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Camp American Legion-Lake Tomahawk Wildlife Trail Fund.

Past Comments

Emmett Jordan

Emmett Jordan


Sorry to read of Jim’s passing – we acquired one of his works recently without knowing of his passing. A talented artist.
Ruairi & Helen, West Cork, Ireland.

Lester Mayer

Sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. I knew Jim thru LOL baseball. Please be assured that he is in a better place and will be well-taken care of. Lester Mayer

Jay and Jan Jorgensen

Dear Mary,Katie,Jay,and Ryan,
Stunned and saddened at the news this morning. We identify with many of the sentiments already expressed so well.So Jay and I will limit ours to reflecting on how much this man loved and how proud he was of his family. When speaking of you his Irish eyes lit up and then came the animation and the big smile. It has been an honor and a joy to know Jim.
God bless you. We share your pain. We will all be together again.
Jay and Jan Jorgensen

Valerie Smith

My condolences to the family. I went to Holy Rosary grade school with Jim in happier times. Valerie Feldmann Smith

Frank Wojciechowski

My brother Chuck and I knew Jim and John since we were about 5 years old. We all
went to Holy Rosary, and Jim and I went Cathedral together.

Frank Wojciechowski
Phoenix, AZ

Steve Paar

I have never been so honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to meet such a great man. Listening to Uke on the radio together, makin home made sour krout, you name it, great times. Jim, please know that i respected you to the highest degree and you will be missed. Mary, Ryan, Jay and the rest of the family.. my thoughts and prayers are with you. Very sorry for your loss.



Susanne Mikolay

Dear Mary and Family,

So sorry for your loss and my loss . I meet Jim back in the early 60s. Lived with Jim and his family for 3 yrs while going to LAYTON SCHOOL OF ART. Jim and i shared many great times on the East side. We were like brothers. I”m really going to miss you JIM. Hope your listening to ” SWEET SOUL MUSIC”.

Sue and I have great memories growing up and revisiting Milwaukee.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the Family

He will be missed. oxoxo

Sue and Mick Mikolay

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