James A. Finch, 1959-2018
James, “Jim” “Papa Jim” “Ol’ Smokey” “The General” Anthony Finch of Granby passed away at the age of 58, surrounded by many loved ones on Friday, Feb. 23 at St. Anthony’s Hospital due to complications related to sudden intestinal bleeding.
Jim was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Dec. 1, 1959 to James Rowland and Janet Louise Finch who preceded him in death. His father worked as a troubleshooting plant manager for Morrell Meats, which required the family to move throughout the Midwest during Jim’s younger years. The family finally settled in Brainerd, Minn., where Jim would develop an avid interest in the outdoors.
Frigid or humid, raining, snowing or sunny Jim could always be found outside. Whether enjoying the serenity of camping, the excitement of hunting or the peacefulness of fishing there was always a way for him to find a release in the great outdoors. Not only did he love these things, but he loved teaching about these great activities especially fishing. Often Jim could be found at the shore, on a boat or in a hut with someone he cared about teaching them how to provide food for their family.
In 1984, Jim was offered a position as a tow truck driver in Boulder where he met his wife, LaNita.
In 1992, the family chased work to Granby where he resided for the remainder of his life. A jack of all trades, he worked as a tow truck driver, mechanic, hot tub/pool technician, maintenance technician and manager, however these were only his titles for his knowledge had no bounds. When it came to any problem or issue, he was the man for the job.
Jim is survived by his wife of 30 years, LaNita, daughters; Shelly, Callie (John), sons; Jeremy (Teresa), James (Gia) and Jacob (Kendra). Grandchildren; Kylee, Jade, Anthony, Paige, Logan, Keyera, Damien, Kaija and Maddox. Sisters; Jenifer (Tom) and Joellen (Larry) as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends who called him brother. To say he was loved and respected is an understatement.
“You’ll Be Missed”
Jim’s Celebration of Life will be held Aug. 18 in Grand County, the exact location will be determined and announced later.
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