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Jerry Finnell Remembered
April 2008 | by Penny Abell


Three hundred people celebrated the life of Jerry Finnell at the Del Mar Powerhouse on a beautiful afternoon, Wednesday, March 19.

The public program, planned by his wife Kathy, featured pitch-perfect remembrances of Jerry. The themes of Jerry's kindness, strength, vision, pragmatism, humor and integrity recurred throughout the program. Ron Safran, former KPMG colleague, traveled from Connecticut to speak of Jerry as teacher and friend. City Councilman Richard Earnest and DMCC President Shirley King spoke about Jerry's contributions to the community and his friendship. Pastor Martha Greene praised the qualities of Jerry's selflessness and leadership. Highlighting the program was Donald Finnell's tribute to his father, reminiscent of Jerry's humor and kind direct style.

The Powerhouse and patio were decorated with picture posters of Jerry and cheerful spring flowers and tablecloths. The community outdid itself with a potluck feast and plentiful wine. Jerry, sporting one of his checked or Hawaiian shirts, was ubiquitous at the party.



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