Ronald L. Finely

Ronald L. Finely, 76, passed away May 9th, 2024, in Glendale, CA.
Son of Maydean Reneau and Elwood Finely, he was born October 8th, 1947, in Oakland, CA. He graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1964. He would move to Los Angeles in 1967 to complete his bachelor’s degree. He would go on to earn multiple bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and Spanish.
His passion for traveling and teaching led him to move to Bolivia with his then wife to teach English. Eventually moving back to Los Angeles in 1982, he devoted his career to teaching high school, college and adult continuing education, also serving as a vice principal for several years. He spent 35 years of his career in education, eventually retiring in 2005.
He continued his passion for learning by taking classes up until 2023. His passions included traveling, visiting over 30 countries in his lifetime, as well as photography, trains, hiking, classic films and spending time with his granddaughter. He battled cancer over the last 10 years of his life.
He is survived by his ex-wife and mother to his son, Irene Wongpec of Los Angeles, his son Karl Finely and his granddaughter Merisanda Finely.
A funeral service was held May 30th, 2024, at Forest Lawn in Glendale, CA.