Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 13, 2013

Max A. Finton, M.D.

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — NORTHPORT — Max A. Finton, M.D., 96, of Northport passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at Northport Highlands.

Max was born on Feb. 24, 1917 in Jackson, Mich. to the late Walter and Ella (Hobart) Finton. He married Mary Mitchell Perkins on June 14, 1941 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Together they lovingly raised one son, Doug.

Max attended The University of Michigan Medical School. After graduation, he honorably served our country in the United States Navy and Marine Corps in the South Pacific. Following his discharge, he completed his medical training, graduating from The University of Michigan School of Ophthalmology. He devotedly served as Chief of Staff at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. He enjoyed practicing in both the Kalamazoo and Northport areas.

Max served on the Academy of Ophthalmology Board and was a board member of the Leelanau Memorial Hospital for 18 years.

Max truly loved the water. He was an accomplished sailor, loved boating on the Great Lakes and the oceans, and was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron, teaching several of its courses. Also, he liked to work in his shop on projects, especially working with metal, wood and glass. It seemed that anyone who wanted something fixed brought it to Max.

Max will be remembered as a wonderful doctor, husband, father, and grandfather.

Surviving Max is his son, Douglas; his wife, Sharon Finton; grandson, Matthew Finton; great-granddaughter, Miranda Finton; seven nieces and nephews; and many other loving family members and friends.

Max is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Walter and Robert, and his wife Mary. He departs, as he would have said, “dragging his canoe behind him”.

A memorial gathering will take place in Northport at a later time. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Leelanau Conservancy. Please sign Max’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.