Thomas Patrick Finn loved striking a deal.
“Dad was a consummate salesman. The salesman was always active in him,” said daughter Maureen Oberdorfer of Omaha.
Finn died Nov. 5 at the Douglas County Health Center from complications after breaking a hip, she said. He was 92.
He spent most of his working life with Northwestern Bell, which became US West. He started as a lineman and moved into sales for the Yellow Pages.
By the early 1970s, Finn realized he was dependent on alcohol, his family said. This year, he celebrated 42 years of sobriety. He became U.S. West's substance abuse coordinator. Even after retiring in 1980, he kept in touch with those he sponsored, to help them stay sober.
Finn loved baseball, football, golf and fishing. He especially liked the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and the Huskers.
“He loved to play golf,” Oberdorfer said.
In retirement, he made golf clubs and opened an ice cream shop in Glenwood Springs, Colo. He and his wife traveled to Ireland and took a 50th anniversary trip to Hawaii.
Tom Finn was born in Omaha and grew up in Dunlap, Iowa, the eldest son of Irish immigrants. He was 16 when the family returned to Omaha during the Great Depression.
He attended Omaha Benson High School and graduated from Omaha South High School in 1939.
He enlisted in the Army during World War II, was trained as a lineman and installed communication lines in France.
Barbara Johnson Finn, his wife of 67 years, died in 2009.
Besides his daughter, other survivors include children Tom Finn of Palm Springs, Calif., Peg Queen of Monterey, Calif., Bob Finn of Windsor, Calif., Pat Finn of Georgetown, Texas, Mick Finn of Lincoln, Calif., and Joan Finn of Kansas City, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
There was a funeral Mass Saturday at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church.