Michael “Fin” Finlason

Today we are commemorating the life of Fin at his funeral.    He was a wonderful neighbour, friend and mentor.  With all the determination he’d learned in the Royal Marines, he proved his stamina and strength by far outlasting his medical prognosis – and managed to complete his book just in time.  He achieved a remarkable career as a film-maker and is, perhaps, best known for his original version of “The Railway Man” – but his version featured the real people who had shared such traumatic torture http://www.therealrailwayman.com/mike-finlason.html


In later years he was an avid champion of people seeking work in the Jobcentre – completely focussed on giving them the best service possible.  As a neighbour, Fin was a stalwart of the local community and the organiser of our Catisfield Garden Trails.

He was a superb supporter of the Baking Blind project: the referee who persuaded the LightHouse team and judges that I was up to the competition; the professional film-maker who unstintingly shared his knowledge and experience, teaching Toby our videographer  some key tricks of his craft; helping us shape our approach to recording that wild adventure.

Fin was a man of great enthusiasms and passion, full of humour and charm who regaled us with his life stories and own adventures.  He leaves an emptiness in our community but lives on in our memories and own lives.  Our thoughts are with his family.


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