Queens resident Raymond Finerty, who’s battling terminal cancer, gets dying wish to travel to Masters Tournament

Raymond Finerty is a 59-year-old retired carpenter who has a voice thick with his native Ireland and strong working man hands, and doesn’t remotely resemble somebody who is dying. He lives with his wife, Mary, and daughter, Sheila, in the tidiest brick house you have ever seen, in Maspeth, Queens, and it was quite a place to be Tuesday afternoon, when seven visitors rang the doorbell and presented him with balloons, T-shirts, hats and a cake decorated with a golf ball and a tee and lots of green.

The little house has had an acute shortage of good news of late, so here was a welcome respite on a chilly spring day.

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