Donald Jay Fink, Jr., 57, of Harrisonburg, Va., Died on Saturday January 1, 2022 at Sentara RMH Medical Center due to complications from covid pneumonia.
Jay was born January 27, 1964 in Harrisonburg, the son of the late Shirley Mae O’Neill Fink and Donald Jay Fink, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, John Allen Fink.
In 1982, he graduated from Harrisonburg High School, where he played football and was on the All-State First Team, then attended Blue Ridge Community College.
He worked for many years (too many, he would say) at the Lakeside Book Company, formerly RR Donnelley, in Harrisonburg. His favorite job was as a vending machine mechanic for the 7-Up Bottling Company in Elkton.
Jay was a good, decent and generous man and a friend of all. He was the type of person who wanted everyone to be successful and always tried to make others feel good about themselves. He was reliable and took care of all his family and friends, and even strangers. He was humble and grateful, with a self-deprecating sense of humor.
Jay loved his family and friends, and as anyone who knew him knows, he loved football (and baseball, but he lived and breathed football). He played football for most of his youth, starting with parish football (the field opened in front of Trinity Presbyterian Church in the 1970s), then Pee Wee football, then juniors and colleges at HHS. He loved to attend games in person, but also watched them live on TV and even watched reruns of big games from the past. His favorite team was the Philadelphia Eagles (Fly, Eagles, fly!) He also loved the New York Yankees and loved watching them play on TV with his mom.
He will be loved and missed by all who knew him, but especially by his survivors: his sister Elizabeth Fink Nesselrodt, her husband Forrest Nesselrodt and their son Tyler Nesselrodt. He is also survived by Karrie Baker, whom he considered to be a girl, her husband Thomas Baker and their children, whom Jay considered to be his grandchildren: Brianna, Kierra, Audriella, Penelope and Thomas Jr., all of Martinsburg, West Virginia.
While there are no services at the moment, an occasional celebration of life event is tentatively scheduled for Spring.
To honor Jay’s memory, please take the time to mentor a child by encouraging them to stay in school, talking to them and listening to them sincerely, just letting them be a child and reminding them that everything he will miss the pleasure if he grows up. go up too fast. Also take the time to give your loved ones a hug, because you never know when you will see them for the last time.
Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg will take care of the arrangements. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.