Finck Cigar Products

Bill Finck Sr.

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1930 – 2018


My father Bill Finck Sr. passed away late last year. Dad was a 3rd generation cigar maker and managed our Texas-based company for over 60 years. I started traveling with him on tobacco buying trips at a very young age and we regularly visited many of the greatest cigar makers in the world including Carlos Fuente, Jose Padron & Nestor Plasencia. No matter where we went, my father was warmly welcomed and treated like family by the most respected men in the business. It didn’t take long for me to realize that while my father was a low-profile man, he was respected as a peer by the most renowned cigar makers in the world. And while he was a damn good cigar maker, that was only part of who he was.

After graduating from law school dad took a detour before beginning his career. He and his best friend loaded their few belongings in an old sedan and started driving south. And what a drive it was – all the way through Mexico in to Central America, across the Panama Canal and finally ending up in Maracaibo Venezuela. They were about out of money and decided to stay in Venezuela and raise pigs (on a farm with no running water or electricity) until they could afford to move on. The first night he was there he met Hilda, who he instantly fell in love with. That romance ended his desire to travel, and within a couple of years, they were married and back in Texas.

Counsellor Finck opened a modest law office, began his practice and soon got in to politics. Precinct judge, then Texas State Representative for three terms where he became Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. His career eventually led him to run for Bexar County Treasurer – a position that was outdated and he referred to as “useless government”. He won the office and never accepted a paycheck – using the first and only one that was issued to him to light a cigar on the steps of the county courthouse.

My dad loved the outdoors and spent much of his free time at his South Texas ranch or on the beach in Port Aransas. While raising 6 children he and my mother found time to travel the world and do many philanthropic things, most of which no one ever knew about. At 87 years old he had lived an exciting life having done things most men only dream about. My dad was a rebel in every sense of the word, never doing anything just because he was supposed to. He lived life his way, yet he earned the respect of everyone who really knew him.

My dad’s favorite cigar was Travis Club – the brand that put Finck Cigar Company on the map and is still our best-selling brand. Whether he was in the Capital in Austin, at the ranch or relaxing on a cruise ship, he always had a pocketful of Travis Club cigars. To the many loyal customers who have smoked them for years, thank you for supporting our business and allowing my father to live such an interesting life.


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