1941 - 2014
Charlie Finley (Entfield, CT) was born in 1941. On May 23, 1964, Charlie was untied in marriage with Judith Kelsey, his beloved bride for almost 50 years. They relocated to Enfield CT in 1969, where they had four children. Charlie proudly served his country as a member of the US Navy, and later became owner/operator of JFK Service Inc. He was a very personable man and always had a smile on his face.
Charlie joined the ACC in 1986, and the Grass Roots program in the early 1980s. He was always a very active member of the ACC from the beginning. He directed tournaments for many years, and most notably started directing the Dante Club tournament (the oldest one-day ACC sanctioned tournament) after his good friend George Bickford passed away. Charlie renamed the tournament to honor his good friend and it is now called the George Bickford Memorial. Charlie also directed the Superlite Cribbage Classic held in West Springfield MA for more than 10 years, and served as co-director for Grand National XXVI (2007, Portland ME). He was the long-time director of Grass Roots Club 72 (Longmeadow MA), and served on the ACC Board of Directors for four years.
In addition to his extensive service to the ACC, Charlie was a very skilled player. He achieved his Life Master (1 Star) award and won 15 tournaments, including Grand National XXX (2011, Reno NV). At the Grass Roots level, he achieved his Silver Award. Charlie was awarded the ACC President's Award in 2013 for his hard work and dedication to the ACC.
Charlie Finley was elected to the ACC Hall of Fame in 2018. For family reasons, his induction ceremony will take place at Grand National XXXVIII in North Conway, NH in October, 2019.