Rick Anthony Finelly
"Because Daddy's an Angel. Do you know why I like Angels? Because they start with A."
Anthony Finelly 5 1/2 years old, when asked which website he liked for Daddy, he chose the Angels.
This memorial website was created in the memory of the first true love of my life, Rick Anthony Finelly who was born on March 12, 1980 and passed away November 4, 2006, at the age of 26 in Lahaina, Maui. We will remember him forever.
I want to say thank you so much to everyone who has been visiting this page! Please continue to write tributes and light candles for Ricky.
On November 4, 2006 Rick or “Ricky” as some called him, died of heart failure caused by the mixing of the drugs Hydrocodone, Cocaine and Methadone. After talking to the examiner the amounts of each drug in his system were under level but it’s the combination that enlarged his heart and killed him.
Those who knew him knew he struggled with drug addiction most of his life. I am relieved he suffers no more and will forever be our warrior angel taking care of us. He is finally at peace, happy and healthy.
Rick left behind a beautiful son, Anthony 5 ½ whom he cherished and adored (HUGE understatement), the mother of his child who has had many titles over the past eight years…..girlfriend and ex-girlfriend but always lifelong friend, his parents, brother, aunts, uncles and cousins and the island of friends he had on Maui.
Rick found a trade in plumbing and drain cleaning that he truly enjoyed and was extremely good at. He used to say “I get to play in shit all day”, that was his sense of humor. Rick has certainly graced all of us with his generous heart, glowing smile and the ability to make us laugh. Rick was the kind of guy who would give the shirt off his back (if he was wearing one) and he has been known to give twenty out of the thirty dollars he had in his pocket to someone who needed it. He will forever be a kind generous soul to me. He taught me how to truly love and what it means to give your heart completely. He was an exceptionally loving father who completely treasured his son. He enjoyed teaching Anthony how to wrestle and defend himself as well as building him the coolest sand castles on the beach. Through it all you could still see the beautiful person he was, inside and out.
This site is intended to be a place for Rick’s enormous circle of friends and family to remember him, pay tribute and serve as a gift to our son Anthony. Most importantly let it serve as a little bit of therapy to help us all express how we feel about this tragic loss and to have a place to visit Rick anywhere you are in the world.
This site will remain active forever so when you think of Rick please send some Aloha this way.
If you would to contribute something to Anthony all donations can be sent to:
Anthony Thomas Finelly Foundation
c/o American Savings Bank
P.O. Box 2300
Honolulu, HI 96804
To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea - remember me.
As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty - remember me.
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity - remember me.
Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, and your memories of the times we loved, the times we cried, the times we fought, the times we laughed.
For if you always think of me, I will have never gone.
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking.
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
I Corinthians 13:4-8
God saw you getting tired
and relief was not to be.
So he put his arms around you
and whispered "Come with me".
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer
and saw you fade away.
Though we couldn't ask you to stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard-working hands laid to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
he only takes the best.
You Didn't Go Alone
You never said I'm leaving
You never said goodbye
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knew why
A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died
In life I loved you dearly
In death I love you still
In my heart you hold a place,
That no one could ever fill
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn't go alone
For all my love went with you,
The day God took you home.
The bond that links your
true family is not one of blood,
but of respect and joy in each
others life. Rarely do members
of one family grow up under
the same roof.