In Memory Of David Finch
Loving Husband, Father, Son And Brother
May 15, 1946 - July 25, 2006
The following short bio was reprinted in several papers throughout the country. It doesn’t adequately tell the story of who the real David was. That will follow one day soon.
David H. Finch of Melrose, MA died heroically at the age of 60 on July 25th at Brigham and Women's Hospital after an eight year battle with leukemia. His wife Karen Hawthorne, his children Nicholas (23) and Simone (20), his brother Ted Shure (46), and his mother, Judy Shure, were with him during the last hours of his life. His sister Joanna passed away in 2000 at the age of 53.
David was a concert cellist who, during his 35 year career, had performed with the Beacon Hill Chamber Soloists (with whom he toured the US and Canada), the Boston Ballet, the Boston Pops, and the Boston Symphony. David had been the principal cellist of both the Boston Ballet and the Boston Pops prior to his illness. David was a frequent guest artist on Nantucket Island, performing frequently in Chamber Music recitals for the Nantucket Arts Council. As a long time principal and assistant principal cellist for the Boston Pops, David played on Nantucket with the Pops every year at a benefit concert for the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. David came to Nantucket nearly all his life. It was always a very special place for him.
David was the stepson of the late Leonard Shure, an internationally renowned concert pianist and pedagogue, with whom David studied chamber music.
David was born on May 15, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York, and spent his early years between New York and Cleveland. His late father, Harold Fink, was a music professor at Lake Erie College in Ohio.
David received his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and also did graduate work at Boston University. As a young man he attended the Tanglewood Music Center for two summers. His principal cello teachers were George Neikrug and David Soyer. Those that had the privilege of knowing David would all agree that he was equally skilled as a raconteur and comedian; always the life of the party.
A special public memorial service to honor David's life will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Melrose. Members of the family, musicians from the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, as well as friends will speak and perform.
Donations in David's name can be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
On a personal note, David was my "big brother". I love him more than words can express and will always remember the fun that we had together along with the special talks that meant so much to both of us...Ted Shure.