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James "Jimmy" Fink
August 20, 1947 ~ January 2, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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JAMES PAUL FINK (Jim/ Jimmy) was born on August 20, 1947. He died on January 2,2024. He was the son of the late James L. and Agnes (Krieger) Fink. .Jim was the Brother of Richard J.
Fink (Mary Kay) of Florida. He was also the brother to the late Father Philip G. Fink, OFM/Cap. of Pittsburgh. He leaves behind, grand nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Jim had many chapters in his life. He attended Saint Fidelis High School and Capuchin College for his Seminarian training and education. He often discussed this time in his life. It was such a spiritual awakening that lasted throughout his career. He held two degrees in Religious Studies and Theology. He often helped his brother on projects at the Friary and was a great support to the Sisters of the Saint Joseph order in Baden. Any project Fr. Phil needed assistance with at the Friary, Jim was there. He loved the work of the Capuchin Order and those that taught him.
Jim moved on to another chapter in life and relocated to Milwaukee, where he worked In several Social Work and medical insurance positions to help the indigent population in that area. He remained in Milwaukee for thirteen years and then returned to Pittsburgh.
Once in Pittsburgh Jim changed careers and worked in retail at Kaufman’s & later Macy’s Department store in downtown Pittsburgh. Jim always worked hard and was very committed to his job and was often recognized as a top salesman in the store each month. He worked there for 15 years until his retirement 8 years ago.
Jim’s next life work was as a caretaker. He provided care in the past for his parents and now he assisted the Friars in the care of his brother, Fr. Phil, then his godmother, Frances Krieger & then followed the care of two cousins. He also worked at the Capuchin Friary and assisted in providing medical and comfort care to the aging Friars. He was a good and faithful servant to them.
Of all Jim’s work in life, that of caretaker was his finest hour. His humor, compassion, patience, empathy, and love of those he cared for always rang loud and clear Also, he had a very special quality of assuring those he loved were first on his agenda often before his own needs.
Over several years Jim entertained family with his newly established art of cooking. He was thrilled to gather family and friends for a dinner celebration. He loved the holidays and decorated every room in his house with reminders of the joy of the season. Jim loved the symphony, and most all sports. He spent summers as an exceptional gardener.
To quote St. Francis; “Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received, only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage”. This quote suits the image of Jim's life.
A special thank you to the four cousins in Pittsburgh who shared care of Jim and supported him through his illness.
Jim will be missed by those he has comforted throughout all the chapters of his life.
A Memorial Mass will be held on March 5, 2024 at 10:30 am. at Blesses Trinity Parish/Saint Albert the Great Church; 3198 Schieck Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15227.
Interment will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.