Obituary – Colin Finney

It is with great sadness that the death  is announced of Colin Finney after a bravely and courageously borne illness.

Colin was the Island’s chief coastguard for 21 years and in 2010 he was appointed Operations Manager (harbours and coastguard) for the Department of Infrastructure.

Colin joined HM Coastguard in 1979. At the time Colin  said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as chief coastguard and have been privileged to have worked alongside the amazingly loyal and enthusiastic volunteers who man the Island’s five coastguard rescue stations. However, I am now looking forward to the challenge presented by the new post. I’m keen to utilise the experience I’ve gained during my career in helping develop the harbours division and coastguard service over the next few years.

He began his career as a 15-year-old in 1969 when he joined the Royal Navy, working in the communications branch. After joining HM Coastguard, Colin was posted in Isle of Lewis and Greenock before returning to the Island in 1983, where he was stationed in Ramsey before moving to Castletown.

It was here that Colin began worshipping at St Mary’s on the Harbour where he dedicated many years of service and he became a licensed Lay Reader and also Churchwarden. His professional organisational skills were put to good use in the life of the parish and community and led to him being appointed as Warden of Readers and an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral, Peel.

Colin will always be remembered by all who knew him as a kind, wise gentle man who cared deeply for others. He had a gently mischievous sense of humour seen by many who enjoyed his warm and loyal friendship.

Many will miss him, not least his family and close friends and for them we ask your prayers. Colin a good and faithful servant, may he rest in peace and rise in glory as his legacy continues to inspire.