A Connection Sparks a Second Career

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Mark Finucane moved to Johnson City to attend ETSU, and after graduating, he remained here to work with the Johnson City Fire Department. It’s because of his work with the Fire Department that he became connected with Morris-Baker: He got to know Carson Baker, who owned and operated Morris-Baker many years before his grandson, Preston McKee, became the funeral home’s owner and operator.

“Mr. Carson Baker was a close friend of the Johnson City Fire Department,” Mark says. “Through the years, many of the firefighters came to know Mr. Baker personally. He would visit with us on a regular basis and occasionally invite some of us out to lunch.”

Mark explains, “Mr. Baker had a great interest in all fire department operations and was a subject-matter expert on our fire engines and ladder trucks. I would attend funerals at Morris-Baker and saw how the staff operated and thought I would enjoy this type of service-related job and working for Mr. Baker when I retired.”

And that’s exactly what Mark did.

Now with Morris-Baker for several years, Mark is a funeral assistant. He says what he likes the most about working at Morris-Baker is the staff’s commitment to being professional and caring. “There are so many intricate tasks that must be coordinated and accomplished in order to provide excellent service to our customers,” he says.

Mark is married and is involved in several community organizations, including United Way of Washington County, Up & At’Em Inc., ETSU Biological/Chemical Safety Committee, and the City of Johnson City Golf Advisory Board. In his free time, what there is of it, Mark enjoys physical fitness, travel, golf, reading, and watching sports.

We are thrilled to have Mark as part of the Morris-Baker family, and we hope his career with us is a long one.

WRITTEN BY: Shuly Cawood