Families give us our values, history, purpose, and support. When benefactors start a memorial fund and share their family history with us it gives us an understanding of what they are trying to achieve and the person/people they are memorializing. The Finch Memorial Fund was created in by Nancy Finch in 2000 to honor the lives of Caroline (Finch) Kason, Guy Finch and Beryl Bailey (Finch).
Guy Finch, wife Nancy, and their children, Michael, Chris and Caroline, immigrated to Canada in 1947. Peter, the youngest son, was born in 1949. They settled in Dewdney and were dairy farmers until 1967. Nancy provided meals to Dewdney Elementary School before joining the Unemployment Commission where she worked in Mission, Surrey, Victoria and Nanaimo until retiring in 1977. After the kids graduated, Guy and Nancy moved around the lower mainland, eventually retiring to Qualicum Bay/Beach area. Guy passed away in April of 1995 and Nancy in January 2003.
Caroline (Finch) Kason was a 1964 graduate of Mission Secondary School. She attended UBC obtaining a BSC in Agriculture and Masters in Microbiology. Caroline left the PHd program to dedicate her time to her family. Sadly, she died in a house fire in Prince George in June 1992 and was survived by her husband Bill and sons, John & Ben.
Beryl Bailey was Guy Finches sister. At age 15 she contracted polio and spent 10 years in England for treatment. She moved between Kenya and England and settled in England, married John Bailey and in 1978, after his passing, moved to Canada. Guy & Nancy took care of Beryl until her passing in November 1999.
Since her passing Nancy’s sons (and their wives) have continued to contribute additional funding as required to ensure scholarships can be delivered. Since 2001, the Finch Memorial fund has helped 19 students further their educational students with $13,750.00 in scholarships. The fund is dedicated to graduating students pursuing a degree in arts or sciences.
If you would like to help a student further their educational dreams, donate today!