Nelson H. Finkelman

February 11, 1930October 2, 2013

Nelson H. Finkelman passed away on October 2nd 2013. He is survived by his wife Gloria and his 4 children. He was the Nassau County Fire Marshal and a member of the East Meadow Fire Department. He is also a Navy Veteran. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 4th 2013 at The East Meadow Fire Department 197 East Meadow Avenue, East Meadow, New York 11554. The service will begin at 11 am with Rabbi Mark Greenspan officiating. The burial will immediately follow at Mt. Golda Cemetery, 500 Old Country Road, Huntington Station, New York. If you will be joining the family for the service please arrive at the firehouse by 10:15 am so that you may see the family before the service.


  • Funeral Service Friday, October 4, 2013

Nelson H. Finkelman

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June 2, 2017

A kind man that will always hold a special place in the hearts of The Mongello Family!!

Michelle Aldrich

October 23, 2013

Gloria....I am so sad to hear of Nelson's passing. I will miss his jokes and sharing so many life events. Please give me a call when you get a chance. The number is 415-776-7949. I miss seeing both of you. Mike and I are going on a cruise from SF to Hawaii for 15 days. We will toast Nelson every night remembering our meeting at dinner. Many hugs.....
Love, peace and health,
Michelle and Mike Aldrich

Edward Collins

October 15, 2013

Although it has been a very long time since I had the priveledge of being East Meadow's Chief (1974)I do follow the happenings at 610, as it is "in the blood", and was very saddened to learn of the passing of Chief Finkelman.

Nellie was a good friend and mentor to me, especially in my time the Chief's office, as there were few of us "Ladder Company" Chiefs at the time, and he will be greatly missed.

My sincere condolances go to Gloria, Michael and the rest of Nelson's family.

Chief Ed Collins

Dan Casella

October 9, 2013

To the Finkelman Family,
Rest in Peace Chief, you will be sorely missed by the many who had the priviledge of your friendship and kindness...Thank you for all your smiles!

brian Farrell

October 5, 2013


Peter W. Meade

October 4, 2013

Dearest Gloria, Michael and family - Peggy and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved Nelson. Some medical issues prevent my presence at the service in East Meadow today, but my heart is with you. There are few people in the fire service who have done so much over so many years as Nelson H. He has been an inspirational mentor to many a young fire fighter as well as a good and faithful friend to those of us who have known him for many years. I recall with great happiness the early days at Firecom when Nelson, with his unquenchable sense of humor, would keep us all in stitches with his shenanigans. As he moved on we didn't see each other so very much but when we did it was like a family reunion. It was such a great pleasure to hear that booming voice and to see that immeasurable smile! Nelson will be sorely missed by all who knew him and especially by me, a man whose life is far better for having had the privilege and honor of knowing him. You are all, of course, in my thoughts and prayers and I am absolutely certain that you will find great comfort in the myriad of memories you surely have of this great gentle man. He was loved as much as he loved and his love was without bounds. I am as sure of heaven as I am of the rising of the sun ... and today the sun rises in heaven upon the eternally young face of my friend, Nelson H. Finkleman! With deepest sympathy and warmest regards, I am ...

steven zimmerman

October 4, 2013

A true firemans fireman who always looked out for the 6th battalion and the fire service truly a one of a kind we cant afford to lose RIP my friend job well done

October 4, 2013

Always a gentleman. You will be truly missed, The Hughes Family.