Chester L. Finn Traffic announcer

September 18, 1992

Chester L. Finn, a retired senior investigator for the Baltimore Department of Transit and Traffic who was also the traffic announcer on WFBR-AM and founder of a group to aid kidney-disease patients, died Monday at Baltimore County General Hospital of heart failure. He was 67.

Services for the Breitwert Avenue resident will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

Known as Mickey, Mr. Finn began working for city in 1967 in the Bureau of Water Supply of the Public Works Department. He soon switched to Transit and Traffic and was the voice of Sky Patrol 13, describing rush-hour traffic conditions from an airplane for the radio station for much of the time before his retirement in 1979 because of an old back injury.

Before starting with the city, he worked for Fair Lanes Inc. and managed the Recreation Center bowling lanes on North Howard Street.

In 1973, after a son died of kidney disease, he started the Billy Finn Memorial Kidney Fund and worked until his final illness raising money to help individual kidney disease patients. He was also a Morrell Park youth baseball league volunteer who did everything from maintaining the field to officiating at games.

Born in Baltimore and educated in public schools, he was in the merchant marine and the Navy during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, the former Irona L. Shaw; three sons, Ronald Finn of Pikesville, Army Maj. Robert Finn of Westminster and John Finn of Baltimore; a daughter, Kelly Finn of Baltimore; two brothers, James Edward Finn of Parkville and Richard Finn of Owings Mills; a sister, Patricia Clark of Owings Mills; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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