Just got word this morning that Carl Finnigan, a member of the popular Pueblo group, the Sting Reys, passed away. He was 76 years old. His funeral will be held Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 7101 Verner Ave., Citrus Heights, CA 95621.
According to his obituary - "Kenneth Carl Finnigan passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the age of 76. He was born on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 1944, in Pueblo, Colo., to Josephine and George Arnold Finnigan. Carl was the youngest of three children. Carl was gifted with a great talent for music. He played guitar, banjo, piano and mandolin, but his great love was guitar. He taught himself to play guitar at a very early age and developed an unsurpassed ear for music. In 1960, he formed the band The Sting Reys, a popular rock and roll band, in Pueblo, Colo. He was District Manager for Parklane Hosiery out of New York for 20 years and worked for the State of California for 25 years. Carl was a long time member of Saint Joseph Parish in Lincoln, Calif., and participated in music ministry at both Saint Joseph and Saint Peter and Paul Parish. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carole Lautaret Finnigan; his daughters, Jacque Finnigan (Joe Gladney) and Shannon Finnigan (Dave) Woods; his son, Michael Finnigan; grandson, Ryan Woods; granddaughters, Carley and Julia Finnigan"
Back in 2010, I had the opportunity to talk to Carl, about his time in the band.
What an amazing group they were. One of the first successful homemade bands, in Pueblo. I'm cranking "You're Looking Good," right now.Rest in peace.
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