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02/12/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
Elliot Finkle

Elliot Mandel Finkle
(16 Oct 1940 - 31 Jan 2017)

Newport News High School Class of 1958

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I was very saddened to learn slightly belatedly of the death of Elliot Finkle, Class of 1958, who passed away at home in Los Gatos, California on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the age of 77.

  May his memory be for a blessing always.

From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 02/17/17 - "Obituary - Elliot M. Finkle 1940 - 2017":

   Oh, Joe, not Elliot! I've no idea why this news upset me so; I'm quite sure that I never met him, although I did of course hear him perform at various NNHS Band concerts. It must be along the same lines as when we mourn the passing of television personalities; it's somehow difficult to realize that we never really knew them at all.

   Thank you so much for letting me know, Joe. You have my deepest condolences on the loss of your dear friend and classmate.

From San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times - 02/05/17:

                         Elliot M. Finkle

      LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA - Elliot Finkle died peacefully in his home on January 31, 2017.

Born in Newport News, Virginia on October 16, 1940, he attended medical school at the University of VA in Charlottesville, specializing in radiology.

He served in the U.S. Army as a physician in the Vietnam war. He married the love of his life, Betty, and moved to California soon after. Elliot was a respected radiologist for 30 years with the San Jose Radiological Medical Group.

He and his wife of 48 years raised two loving children in Los Gatos.

He was a very adventurous man. He loved sailing, whitewater kayaking, flying small airplanes, scuba diving, motorcycle riding, rock climbing, hang-gliding, among many other outdoor activities.

Elliot fought a courageous battle with Parkinson's. He will always be remembered for his quiet, kind, selfless, and gentle ways as well as all of the laughter he brought through his wit and dry sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, his son Kevin, his daughter Amy, his granddaughter Makiah, and two grand-doggies Willow and Ginger. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Parkinson's Institute in Sunnyvale CA at or 1-800-786-2958.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on February 5, 2017.

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February 04, 2017
I know everyone that knew Elliot loved him as I did. The sweetest, funniest, kindest man. I will treasure each memory of him. My heart goes out to Betty, Kevin and Amy and his other loved ones.

~ Shirley Miller, Maurertown, Virginia

February 05, 2017

Did not know Elliott well but remember him for his laid back and gentle ways. So sorry about his death from Parkinson's Disease.

Donald Arey Jr. M.D., Winter Haven, Florida

February 06, 2017 

February 12, 2017  
Dear Betty,

Elliott was a dear high school friend. I was so glad to join you for lunch many years ago on one of your trips back to Virginia. Condolences to the family. I will notify our NNHS 1958 Classmates of our loss.

Joseph Drewry, Hampton, Virginia


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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Elliot's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

"Fanfare and Funeral March" (Opus 62, No. 3)

- Felix Mendelssohn, 1844
(03 Feb 1809 - 04 Nov 1847)

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