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Sportswriter Peter Finney Dies At 88

NEW ORLEANS -- Noted New Orleans sportswriter Peter Finney has died.

He passed away Saturday at his home. Finney was 88.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Finney’s career spanned seven decades. He began with the New Orleans States Item in the summer of 1945, covering American Legion baseball shortly after graduating from Jesuit High School.

His final column was on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ loss to Seattle in Super Bowl 48. It appeared in The Times-Picayune just shy of a year following the death of his wife of 61 years, Deedy, whom Finney called “my best friend.”

A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. August 20th at St. Rita Catholic Church in New Orleans. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will be private.

Eileen is a news reporter and producer for WWNO. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

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