Services

In Memory of
Gary Alan Finkelman
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Gary Alan Finkelman, age 62, passed away on February 6, 2024. Gary was born on May 22, 1961, in Houston, Texas, where he grew up to become a pillar of his community. 

During Gary’s youth in Hillshire Village, he exemplified the values of the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Gary graduated from Spring Branch High School in 1979, where he was a devoted officer of the Bear Band. He went on to attend Texas A&M University and became a cherished member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, Class of ’83, B-Company. 

After graduating from Texas A&M, Gary found success in a two-way radio business and married Melissa. In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Gary pursued his passion for service by joining the Spring Valley Police Department. Gary worked his way up and became Chief of Police at Spring Valley, working here for over 30 years. Gary served his community with unwavering dedication and integrity. He was an outstanding detective, which was his favorite role in police work. Beyond his commitment to law enforcement, Gary was a loving husband and father. He cherished nothing more than spending time with his daughter, Brooke, and took immense pride in her accomplishments. Gary was the center of Brooke’s universe, and he filled her days with laughter and happiness. Gary’s passions included Aggie football, NASCAR, and The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He was an active member and officer of the Gulf Coast Criminal Investigators Association. 

Gary will be fondly remembered for his humble heart and sense of humor. His quick wit and playful banter brought joy to countless lives. Whether it was lending a listening ear or offering a helping hand, Gary's innate kindness left an indelible mark on the world around him. Gary Finkelman will be deeply missed but never forgotten. May he rest in peace, forever in our hearts.

Gary is preceded in death by his father, Otis L. Finkelman, and his mother, Betty L. Finkelman. He is survived by his wife, Melissa Finkelman, daughter, Brooke Finkelman, and sister, Laurie Geiger. 

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in Gary's honor to offset the unexpected death-related expenses and towards giving Gary a resting place to be at peace as the family carries out Gary’s final wishes.
 

Tributes

Message from
Eric Ebner
Wed, 02/14/2024

It was great meeting you! You are missed my friend. Your sister loves you and will miss the conversations... wisdom, and humor :~) Say hi to my Dad for me! Be in peace. eric ebner

Message from
Mikel Bonin, Aggie BQ '83
Wed, 02/14/2024

Your quick wit, keen sense of humor, and astute observations were admired and appreciated. I never knew you to have a bad day or a frown. RIP, my friend. You will be greatly missed.

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Message from
Karl A. Treude, Aggie Band '83
Wed, 02/14/2024

The way Gary laughed, that sound made me laugh even more. The way he told a story made you feel like you were their with him. His communication skills were a strength that stayed with him long after he graduated from Texas A&M. I spent 4 years with him in the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. The first 3 years in B-Co and our Senior year together in C-Co. When you live four years in close proximity to someone, you get to know their pros & cons, their habits & emotions, their sadness & joys. I am a much better person to have lived with him and known him. God Bless You, Brother. I will see you again!

Message from
Laurie Lowman
Thu, 02/15/2024

So many good memories of our fun times so long ago. You will be truly missed. Rest in Peace.

Message from
Julie Gandy
Thu, 02/15/2024

I'm saddened to hear of Gary's passing. I knew Gary first from Spring Branch HS where we were in the same class ('79) & shared many classes together. We both went on to Texas A & M as well. Gary was the nicest guy & always had a smile & light hearted banter whenever we connected at reunions. Gary will surely be missed & I pray for his wife & daughter as they deal with their loss!

Message from
David
Sat, 02/17/2024

I lived in Hilshire Village too & went to Terrace Methodist. The Finkelman family were indeed community pillars of support, love, and caring. Found out much later in life that Gary had become Police Chief & thought that fit him well. Condolences to you all on his passing and returning home so early.

Message from
Alexis Waterhouse
Sat, 02/17/2024

Dear Gary, you hold a special place in my heart. I am so honored to have been able to call you friend. All of the laughs we had together will be missed. You have been there for me though all of my triumphs and losses, when I win I know you’ll be there to cheer me on! I love you like my family Gary, crawfish season just won’t be the same. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Message from
R. C. Taylor (Retired Houston P.D.)
Tue, 02/20/2024

I knew Gary for 42 of my 60 years. Gary was not just a good policeman, he was one hell of an investigator. Just a good human being. RIP Gary, you will be missed by many.