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Finley Gibson doCarmo

May 10, 1934 ~ January 12, 2022 (age 87)

Obituary

The following obituary was lovingly prepared by the family of Finley Gibson doCarmo

Finley Gibson doCarmo died on January 12, 20122 at the INOVA Mt. Vernon Hospital.  He was born on May 10, 1934 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the son of Reverend Daniel and Helen Gibson doCarmo.  At the age of eighteen, Finley joined the Laurel Maryland Rescue Squad as a founding member.  He told the story of a call he went on when he was a new on the job...he helped deliver a baby and it really scared him.  Finley continued to serve the Squad as an ambulance driver and quartermaster.  After years of experience, Finley was asked to design a heavy rescue truck for the Squad.  He completed the design and the truck was produced.  In December of 2011 the Squad dedicated the rescue truck to Finley for his fifty years of service with the Laurel Rescue Squad.

After graduating from Laurel High School, Finley went to work for Western Auto as a manager but soon realized he wanted to continue being of service and joined the Baltimore City Fire Department.  Finley served the city for thirty years and retired June 9, 1994 as Captain of the Seltzer Tower Fire House, Aerial Tower #102, in downtown Baltimore.  

Finley was married to Pamela Bakhaus doCarmo for forty-seven years.  Pam and Finley loved to travel and saw much of the world.  They rode camels in Egypt, toured the castles of Europe and panned for gold in Alaska.  Finley was a fan of the Baltimore Orioles and Pam loved the Detroit Tigers.  Every time the two teams met in Baltimore they were in the bleachers cheering on their own team.

Finley is survived by his brothers, William Norton doCarmo (Delores) and Winston Gibson doCarmo (Lauretta), seven nieces and nephews and his friends Tom and Nancy Pirritano.  His wife, Pamela, died in 2020 as did his brother Daniel doCarmo, Jr.

Finley will be remembered for his shy smile, his quiet nature and his dedication to the people he served in Maryland.  In an interview on the day his heavy rescue truck was dedicated, Finley said, "It's still the same motivation.  I enjoy helping people.  I've always gotten a good feeling out of it."

Funeral services will be held at Donaldson Funeral Home, 313 Talbott Avenue, Laurel, Maryland on January 22, 2022 with visitation from 11:00am - 1:00 pm and Chapel service starting at 1:00.  Burial will follow at Ivy Hill Cemetery. 

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Laurel Resue Squad.

 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
January 22, 2022

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A.
313 Talbott Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707

Funeral Service
Saturday
January 22, 2022

1:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A.
313 Talbott Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707

Interment following funeral service

Ivy Hill Cemetery
1201 Sandy Spring Road
Laurel, MD 20707

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