Every year the Norwell Chamber of Commerce honors a Norwell citizen as Citizen of the year.  We open nominations early in the year, and ask for nominations.  The qualities we look for are: a track record of volunteerism and public service, a person who has made a positive difference in our town, who is enthusiastic and has the qualities of honesty, and integrity.

This year we are pleased to honor Kevin Finneran, he has been a mainstay in the community and has quietly contributed in many ways.  Kevin is a graduated of UMass Amherst, School of Business, with a B.A. in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.  Kevin, married his wife Rita in 1972, and moved to Norwell 32 years ago where they raised their son Kevin (Norwell ’01 grad) and Kevin worked as a manager with an International Beverage Company.

He has shown his dedication and civic involvement with elections, church and coaching little league baseball, North River Baseball and Basketball for the youth sport programs.  He was active on the Sparrell school re-use committee, helped restore the Little League Fields and put in underground sprinkler system in 1995, is still actively involved in the process of getting a turf field in Norwell, and involved with the Recycle Committee, to help increase the number of residents who recycle. Last year the Norwell Chamber benefited from one of his many donations when he donated some raffle prizes for a quick live auction at our Taste of Norwell event.  His generosity of numerous raffle prizes has benefited many organizations throughout the town.

“From the first day I moved to Norwell in 1970 (I moved once then came back) it was evident that this Town had many citizens volunteering to make Norwell a great town to live in.  I have complete respect for all residents who give their personal time to improve our town.  Whether it is 3 hours a year or 3 hours a week, this commitment as a whole has made Norwell a town which we enjoy and many others want to move to.” Kevin asserts.
For over 15 years, Kevin has donated his time and energy to the boy’s youth basketball.  It all started when his son Kevin started playing as a 6th grader, and he volunteered to help coach the team.  That same year the 8th grade coach retired as the League Coordinator, and Kevin volunteered to take over the responsibility.  At that time it was only 3 teams and 27 players.  Kevin took it upon himself to provide our boys with an additional league, due to the fact that many boys were not making the team, but still had the skills to enjoy playing competitive travel basketball.  He felt it was important that young students/players have the opportunity to learn teamwork, play with their peers and have fun learning the skills of a sport, and today they now have 9 teams with 102 boys playing in 4 different leagues.  He has headed up, and continued his work well past his son’s involvement in the sport.  Travel basketball is a daunting task to coordinate, between the parents, the kids & the other towns, and Kevin has always represented Norwell honorably, and with much patience.  Many a child has benefited from the time he has spent helping youth basketball and our high school basketball program is better for it.

The Norwell Boosters are where they are because of the dedication and support from people like Kevin Finneran.  Kevin believes that the High School Booster organization is very important for the support of the High School Sports Program.  Norwell High School is the leader amongst all other High Schools for the percentage of students playing in Athletic Programs.  “Because of the commitment of the Norwell students to sports programs, it is important that we help support their enthusiasm and commitments through fundraising and support all events;” states Kevin.  For over 17 years Kevin has helped coordinate the largest fundraiser that the Boosters have each year, the annual golf tournament, and was the Boosters President for 2 years.

When not volunteering his time to Norwell, Kevin has also worked with the City of Boston to have underprivileged families attend sports events, and has enjoyed for 2 years in a row helping The Learning Center (TLC) doing a Wine Tasting for 150 people.   He and Rita also enjoy traveling with my family to warm weather vacation locations and sightseeing in the western sections of the U.S. After all that, “Believe it or not, I enjoy a quiet day at the Beach or a pool!”

(Kevin Finneran) ”…has donated his time and money to the youth of this town without fanfare or accolades. I believe it is his time for this award” says John Mariano.

Thank you Kevin for all that you do.