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Mr. James "Jim" A. Finch

Obituary for Mr. James "Jim" A. Finch

July 2, 1964 - October 14, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 54

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James "Jim" A. Finch, age 54, passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Jim was born in San Antonio, the fifth of six children. He was paralyzed at the age of 14 by a drunk driver and thus began a lifetime of beating all odds and expectations. He was given an early model TI 99 computer and, using a mouth stick, began learning to use a computer. Later he employed the use of emerging voice recognition technology to operate his computers. He completed high school and then went on to earn an Associate's Degree in Computer Programming. After many battles with the reliability and usability of standard electric wheelchairs, Jim, along with his father and his brother decided that they could build a better wheelchair. That effort took Jim into the world of mechanical design to make a better product and the result of some of that design work was not only a ground-breaking and innovative wheelchair design, but his induction into the Texas Science Hall of Fame in 2002 for Mechanical Engineering. The crowning achievement in power wheelchair design was a patented steering transmission that allowed powered wheels in front and casters in the rear to offer directional stability. This allowed users to travel unimproved roads and access previously inaccessible locations for the first time. Jim personally put that technology to the test many times.
Because Jim's father, brother, sisters, and other family members were involved in aviation, Jim's area of interest also expanded into aviation. He worked with Sam Williams of Williams Engines / Rolls Royce to design thrust reversers for small engines. Jim's father started the TEC 100 aircraft design and Jim did the graphic design work. Jim shares several US Patents with his father.
Jim has accumulated a vast legion of friends from every walk of life all over the globe. Jim was always more concerned about others over anything he had going on in his own life. He was an inspiration to all he met and never allowed "can't" to enter his vocabulary. Dozens of friends simply call Jim a hero.
He was preceded in death by brother, Billy Finch and sister, Betty Finch. Jim is survived by mother, Katherine Finch; father, Tom Finch; sister, Margie Taylor and her husband, Don; brother, Tommy Finch and his wife, Debbie; sister, Terrie Parsons; and by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
MEMORIAL SERVICE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018
11:00 AM
PORTER LORING MORTUARY NORTH

In lieu of a reception after the Memorial Service, a full celebration in honor of Jim's life will be planned at a future date.

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