Paul Finck, 68, coin collector, golfer

September 26, 2005|By Melissa Harris | Melissa Harris,Sun reporter

Paul Edward Finck, a collector of rare coins and an avid golfer, died in an accident on the Eastern Shore on Sept. 19. He was 68.

Mr. Finck and a helper were trying to move the family's two-bedroom trailer at Eagle's Nest Campground on Sinepuxent Bay when it fell on him. Mr. Finck had retired from his coin-collecting business this month, closing his small office in Timonium.

"We buried him with a putter, four golf balls for each of his children, and seashells," said his wife, the former Paulette Hergenroeder, adding that the family loved spending time on the Sinepuxent.

Mr. Finck was born in Baltimore and graduated in 1955 from Polytechnic Institute, where he lettered in golf. He started dating his future wife in high school. The two split up but reunited a few years later after she sent him a letter requesting golf lessons.

"I wasn't interested in him; I wanted to learn how to play golf," she said.

They married in 1960.

Mr. Finck worked for the state government for nearly 25 years, starting as a highways surveyor and including a job as an assistant project manager for the Maryland Port Administration. He retired in 1979 but remained active in a state employees golf league until 2003.

"He was a nut," Mrs. Finck said of her husband's love of the sport. "He had the Golf Channel on most of the time."

Mr. Finck once gave up the opportunity to be an assistant golf pro to be with his family. He also earned a bachelor's degree while attending night school at the University of Baltimore for more than a decade.

He fell in love with coin-collecting after seeing an exhibit of rarities at the Smithsonian Institution in 1975. He started Paul Finck Numismatist after his retirement from state government.

Mrs. Finck said her fondest memories were of the two cruises the couple took to the Caribbean and Quebec later in their marriage.

"It was really wonderful," Mrs. Finck said. "Everything drops off of your shoulders, and you find out that you still really care for each other."

Mr. Finck served in the Army, and for more than a decade was in the Army Reserve.

He was a former president of the Baltimore Coin Club and the Hampton Mixed Bowling League and a member of the Country Club of Maryland and Hunt Valley Country Club.

Services were held Saturday.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four daughters, Laura Rhine of Timonium, Lisa Geraghty of Jessup, and Jennifer Litz and Stephanie Guillen, both of Eldersburg; a brother, Robert Finck of Jarrettsville; a sister, Rita McCloskey of Hydes; and 10 grandchildren.

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