A memorial service for Howard Finney III of Montclair, founder of the Montclair Cobras youth football program and longtime coach in township youth sports programs, will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park St. A reception will follow at Just Jake’s, 30 Park St.

Mr. Finney died on Dec. 11, 2021, after a short illness. He was 91. 

He founded the Cobras in 1969, and thousands of boys and girls have since participated in the program. 

Mr. Finney was honored with a proclamation in 1992 by the Township Council for his dedication to the youth of Montclair and devoting “so much time from a busy schedule to foster the love of football in Montclair youngsters by providing them with a positive role model and a useful way of spending extracurricular hours.” 

In 2016, when he officially retired, though continuing to attend every home game, the Township Council again honored him, by renaming the northern section of Edgemont Park, known as the Meadow Field, the “Howard Finney III Field.”