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Beloved CBS meteorologist Elise Finch laid to rest in emotional celebration of life after sudden death: ‘We’re still trying to understand’

by Mahmmod Shar

By Kevin Sheehan and Patrick Reilly

Beloved CBS meteorologist Elise Finch was laid to rest in an emotional celebration of life ceremony on Tuesday — as her heartbroken husband said he was still trying to wrap his head around her sudden death.

The Channel 2 news weatherwoman, who died suddenly earlier this month aged 51, was lovingly remembered by colleagues as hating the mornings, despite working them for 15 years.

The cause of her death has so far not been made public.

After a four-hour ceremony at Macedonia Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, New York, her husband, Graig Henriques, told The Post, “We’re still trying to understand” Finch’s death.

“She was one of a kind,” he said, with tears drying on his face beneath dark sunglasses. “We had so many plans.”

Finch, whose full name was Elise Dione Finch Henriques, joined WCBS in 2007 as a weekend meteorologist.

She most recently delivered the weather forecast in the mornings, where co-workers joked she should best be avoided before she’d had a couple of cups of coffee.

Elise Finch WCBS
Finch died unexpectedly at the age of 51 last weekend. Her cause of death has not been revealed.

Finch's niece Amira Finch Johnson (pictured, glasses) is comforted by a friend. Elise's mother and father, James and Charlette Finch, are also pictured.
Finch’s niece Amira Finch Johnson was comforted by a friend outside of the church. Finch’s mother and father, James and Charlette Finch, stood nearby.

“A little known fact most viewers and everyone who did not work the early mornings, Elise was not exactly a morning person!” CBS anchor Maurice DuBois reflected during the ceremony to laughs from the audience.

“Despite the friendly person we all got to know around the office and on the air everyday. She needed a little extra time to fully wake up. After all, they did go on the air at 4:30 right?! 

“You don’t say hello … she’d give you a glare! And don’t dare ask about the weather!” he continued.

“She did get better as the hours progressed and about an hour in she’s ready to go and happy. She would totally change from grumpy to happy.”

Elise Finch's funeral
Finch’s colleague Maurice DuBois recalled how Finch was not a morning person, despite being WCBS’ morning meteorologist.

RYE BROOK, NY - MARCH 24:  WCBS 2 Meteorologist, Elise Finch attends the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon 100th Anniversary Gala at the Rye Town Hilton on March 24, 2012 in Rye Brook, New York.
Finch racked up several awards during her 16-year career at the network.

Amira Finch Johnson, Finch’s niece, had to be escorted out by her mother and three other family members after breaking down during the CBS video tribute at the end of the ceremony.

Johnson said she was more than just Finch’s niece — and more like a younger sister. She described her Aunt’s death as, “The stupidest thing! Because her not being here makes no sense.”

Hundreds of people attended the somber ceremony. Although her family had asked for no flowers, the alter disappeared behind a sea of pink arrangements.

Amira Finch Johnson (pictured, glasses) and Elise's sister Kiya Ann Roberts, (pictured, left) speak highly of Elise at the service. (pictured)  141 South 9th Street, Mount Vernon, NY.
Amira Finch Johnson [right] and Elise’s sister Kiya Ann Roberts, spoke highly of Elise at the emotional service.

Here, the mayor of the City of Mount Vernon, Shawyn Patterson - Howard, speaks at the service.
The Mayor of Mount Vernon, Shawyn Patterson, also spoke at the service.

Finch is survived by Henriques and their daughter, Grace.

“Truly, every day was a good day when we were with Elise, and we will miss her dearly,” CBS said about her passing.

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