It’s with sadness that we reflect on the death of Dan Finney, which has now been reported in the newspapers.
Danny was one of Draycott’s great characters; and recently, after a couple of years of poor health, seemed fully restored to his usual vim and vigour, and had virtually made the snug of The Draycott Arms his second home.
Sitting on a stool in the corner of the bar, his genial smile and broad welcome always made the place feel warmer.
Last Wednesday (4th) Dan had a fall from a very high wall on his property, which overlooks the car-park of the Draycott Arms. Despite the best attentions of the Midlands Air Ambulance, which was on the scene very quickly, he died soon after.
You may remember Danny best as the man who ran the Draycott Plant Nurseries before Neil and Carolyn took over.
Though he had had previous careers as a miner, and as a building-trades supplier, he loved his gardening, so the nursery was his labour of love.
In his retirement, he sold timber off-cuts on the site; it was where many of us got our firewood.
His funeral – which takes place this coming Tuesday (17th December) at 11am at St Margaret’s Church – is bound to be a very well-attended occasion. He had hundreds of friends.
His wife Isobel has requested no flowers, but donations to West Midlands Air Ambulance.
A brief obituary was published this week. See the obituary announcment – where tributes can also be written.
If you are a Facebooker, you might also like to add a tribute to him on the Draycott Arms page. They have a special post, entitled, poignantly, “There is a vacant bar stool at The Arms…” See their Danny tributes by clicking here.