Jared Finnegan of Chelmsford


Jared Finnegan, 66, of Chelmsford, MA died peacefully Tuesday, November 7,at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston surrounded by family after fighting a courageous battle with heart failure.

He is survived by his devoted wife Suzzanne Finnegan, who lovingly supported him throughout the years and stood by his side.

Born in Lowell, he was the son of the late Blair and Joan Finnegan. He graduated from Chelmsford High School with the class of 1969, and Norwich University with a B.S. in Science and Nutrition.

Jared retired from the Chelmsford Police Department after 20 years of service. While with the police department, he served as an undercover narcotics Detective working with the Drug Task Force.

In his early years, he was a Physical Education teacher for Chelmsford Public Schools. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family at their home on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire, watching Patriots football, and taking his grandchildren to Disney World. He will fondly be remembered as larger than life, driving his big red pick- up truck, helping with home repairs, and mowing his lawn with a cold beer in his hand. He loved to torment car salesmen and convince his grandchildren that he was a cliff diver.

Besides his wife he is survived by his son, Michael Finnegan and his fiancée, Christine Chisholm of Billerica, MA; daughter, Jarra Carney and her husband, Robert of Reading, MA; grandchildren, Patrick Finnegan Carney and William Flynn Carney; brothers, Blair (Jay) Finnegan and wife, Nancy of Boston, MA, and James Finnegan and his wife, Patricia of Chelmsford, MA; mother-in-law, Jean Martin of Rockport, MA; sister-in-law, Kim Clausen and husband, Troy of Key West, FL, and his many nieces and nephews, in addition to Sue's seven other siblings and her stepmother Marie Martin.

Visiting hours Monday, November 13, 2017 from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. followed by a  Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST.  CHELMSFORD, MA.  Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Fund, 116 Huntington Ave. 3rd Flr. Boston, MA 02116.



November 13, 2017
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Dolan Funeral Home


November 13, 2017
11 AM
Dolan Funeral Home
  1. Kristen S. says:

    I offer my sincere sympathy for the tragic loss of your dear loved one, Jared. Take comfort in Jesus’ promise found at John 11:25,” I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.”
    We also find the hope of seeing our dear loved ones again by means of the resurrection at John 5:28,29; “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out…” May you find comfort in these promises, and for more information please visit jw.org

  2. Barbara and Jay Hines says:

    So sorry that I and my son Jay were unable to attend the wake or funeral. I worked with him at the Harrington school in which Jared was my partner in the teaching of elementary children. The students would be so shocked to see Jared drop his tooth in talking to the students in the class. He
    was such a fun loving character and I will always remember his smile and laughter. My thoughts and prayer as well as sympathy to all of those who loved him so deeply and dearly.
    Barbara and Jay Hines

  3. Kathy (Lennox) Gadd says:

    My heart was very sad to hear of Jared’s passing. I graduated CHS with him and he was a good friend. One of the nicest, sweetest, well mannered people I have ever known. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

  4. Yani Bettencourt says:

    Sue, my condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

  5. Brian Campbell says:

    To Jay, Nancy and entire Finnegan Family I was so sorry to hear of Jared’s passing, may he rest in peace.

  6. Brian Finnegan says:

    My son Michael just let me know about Jared. To Jared’s family, Sue,I don’t know you but I certainly know Jara & Michael and Jay & Jim. Jared was a good friend of mine and we had a lot of laughs together. I’m so sorry for all of you. He was a wonderful person and a great happy guy. My heart and prayers are with you Sue, Jara, Michael and the rest of the “Big” Finnegans from Chelmsford.

  7. Susan Farese says:


    My deepest sympathies to you an your family

  8. James Spinney says:

    On behalf of the Chelmsford Police Department I want to express our sadness on the loss of Jared. Jared was a great guy always willing to help out.

  9. Tracey Garthe says:

    Sue, I was so sorry to hear about Jared. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God Bless you and your family. Love, Tracey Decker Garthe (Little One)

  10. Kathy Robinson (Deschaine) says:

    My thoughts and love goes out to the most wonderful family I spent many years with. My heart is filled with tears as I read the obituary in the Lowell Sun. May you RIP my Beautiful friend Jarad.

  11. Carol Kivlan Comins says:

    To the entire Finnegan family my heartfelt sympathy. I have many fond memories from Woodlawn Avenue. Jared was such a great guy. I am sorry for your loss.

  12. EJ & Heather Thompson says:

    Sue, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jared was an amazing man with a warm heart. He was loved and will be greatly missed.

  13. David Anderson says:

    My condolences to the entire Finnegan family. Jared and I were next door neighbors on Oak Hill Road in the late 1980s when Michael and Jarra were very little (and the Great Dane was VERY big!). Those were wonderful times on that little cul de sac that Jared built. Jared certainly was full of life, and he was a wonderful friend and neighbor. My thoughts and prayers are with you. David Anderson (Groton)

  14. Daniel & Susan Walsh says:

    To the Finnegan family, my deepest condolences. Jared was a brother police officer, a friend, and a caring and kind person. I worked with his two brothers Blair and Jimmy throughout the 70’s & 80’s. When hurricane Bob hit Massachusetts Jared was kind enough to let me use his pick up truck to clean up after the storm. Jared was the most kind and generous person you could ever know, willing to help anyone in need. My three brothers were also Police Officers with the town of Chelmsford. Jared was truly one of a kind and will surely be missed by all of us who had the privilege and honor of knowing him and his family. Respectfully, retired Chelmsford police officer Daniel Walsh and family.
    Port St. Lucie F.L.

  15. Sally and Bob Carney says:

    Sue, Jarra & Rob, Mike & Christine, Patrick and Will,

    We are so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful and loving Husband, Dad and Grandpa. We loved every minute we spent with Jared Finnegan; he brought laughter and warmth to every gathering. May he rest in the peace he so deserves. Love to all.

  16. Jim Murphy says:

    Condolences to Sue & the entire Finnegan family on the loss of Jared. Worked with him at CPD for close to 20 years, & can honestly say I had the most heartfelt laughs with him about things that happened on the job. He was an old school cop who was always the first to step up when we needed that volunteer to knock on the door or grab the bad guy. Though big & burly, he was easy going & helpful to me as a young patrol officer. RIP Jared.

  17. Patricia Mitchell-Nonn says:

    Suzzanne, I am so sorry for your loss of your dear husband. Although I didn’t know Jared, I know you would only have picked the best man to be your husband. Please know I will pray that God will ease the pain of your loss. Love you, Aunt Pat

  18. Alex chisholm says:

    We are so sorry for loss. A man full of life. We were so lucky to meet him the times that We did. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. Liliana Santamaria says:

    Sue, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time

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