It is with great sadness that we report the sudden passing of Don Finch, Vice President for Membership of the Caledonian Society
Don, served as President of the Society for many years; and also had been instrumental in all aspects of planning and managing the Phoenix Scottish Games for over a dozen years.
A memorial service for Don will be held on Friday, September 17 at 7 PM at the Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Rd., Tempe
Read Don’s Obituary at Dignity Memorial:
It is with deepest sorrow that we mourn the loss of beloved community member, 2017 Anam Cara recipient, and St Patrick’s Day Phoenix Parade and Faire founding Board Member, John Corcoran.
He is survived by a wife, daughter, three granddaughters, son-in-law, and many devoted friends. His legacy will live on on March 13 for our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and we hope you will join us in remembering his life.
Memorial services and information will be forthcoming.
Ar dheist Dé go raibh a anam.
Rest in peace dear John
Seán F. Lee
Seán was a founder of the Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation and Emeritus Board Member. He was one of the 2016 Anam Cara (Soul Friend) Award Recipients, and was an incredible Board Member, former President, and volunteer. He was a founding member of ERIN (Executive Resource in Irish Networking) and it is through the generosity of him and his wife that the ICLF has a copy of The Book of Kells. We will remember Seán fondly for his love of everything Irish and his unwavering commitment to the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation.
The family wishes to thank family, friends, church community of St. Thomas More and the entire Irish community for your support through this difficult time.
Not everyone who emigrates in present day is required to serve in an armed service capacity for citizenship. Seán was extremely proud of this great country, to be American and to serve our country as a United States Marine. Oorah and Semper Fi!
Seán brought his considerable business knowledge and spirit of volunteerism to the Irish Cultural Center with passion and tenacity. He and Janet could be found at many of our events, volunteering at the ICC information tent.
Seán will be remembered for his swift decisions and to act on opportunities when they were presented. Seán’s passion and commitment to the ICC has set a high bar. His strength and leadership will be missed by all of us.
Sean was from County Cavan, Ireland, and was an active member in the
Arizona Irish Community. He was a founder of the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation, and
wrote the inscription for the An Gorta Mor Hunger Memorial.
Sean was the 2012 Irish Person of the Year, 2015 Anam Cara (Soul Friend) Award Recipient, and
was an incredible Board Member, volunteer, and docent. He was involved in many affiliate
groups including the Irish Foundation of Arizona and was a founding member of ERIN (Executive
Resource in Irish Networking). We will remember Sean fondly for his giving nature and his spirit
Sean was known for his passion and dedication to the Phoenix Irish Community and will be greatly missed.
Memorial donations may be given to the Irish Cultural Center. The family wish to thank our family and friends and the entire Irish community for your support through this difficult time.