News Release, Town of Chesapeake Beach

It is with great sadness that the Mayor and Town Council learn of the passing of Barbara “Jo” Finch.A four-term Councilwoman, Finch was in office when Chesapeake Beach added several new developments that shaped the landscape of the Town. Barbara took part in planning the Chesapeake Beach Water Park and Veterans Memorial Park as some of her accomplishments. Of all her accomplishments, the Christmas lighting in Town carried special meanings for Finch.

Known as “Mother Christmas,” Finch started the “Brightest Beacon on the Bay” contest that remains an annual festivity in Town. The Town’s annual Lighting displays, that bring so much joy to residents and their guests, and setting aside a budget for the continual improvement of the displays were also her ideas.

Today, the Town continues to carry on her legacy.

Please mark your calendars for December 1st to attend the Town’s annual “Light up the Town” event at Town Hall. Mayor Pat Mahoney will recognize Barbara “Jo” Finch “Mother Christmas” and all of her contributions to the beautiful Town of Chesapeake Beach during this event.

A Memorial Mass is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at St. Anthony’s church in North Beach, MD at 2:00 pm. Father James Stack will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate “Jo’s life. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvert County Hospice, Prince Frederick, MD.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...