Only just found out about Gerald's passing. Jut wanted to say what a lovely gentleman he was. He used to call me regularly in the UK after I did research for him about Edna's stage career and it was always a joy chatting with him about the old days. I'll bet he's up there cracking jokes and laughing with Edna right now. Thanks for being a friend Gerald and condolences to his family.
To the family of Gerald Flanagan - I never met your Father but my Dad, Robley O'Farrell, flew 30 missions with your Dad in WW2... I have collected numerous stories about their missions and have quite an array of photographs - although not as many of your Dad but still there are several good ones. If you would like to contact me, I would be happy to share these stories and mementos of two of the greatest generation to live... my phone number is 425-941-7175 or you can contact me at my email address email@example.com.
God bless your Dad for his service to his country...
S/Sgt Gerald D. Flanagan reported to the 493rd Bomb Group on 10 June 1944 and he was assigned to the 863rd Bomb Squadron. Prior to reporting to the 493rd BG, he was assigned to the 452nd Bomb Group.
On behalf of all of the members of the 493rd Bombardment Group (H) Association, I would like to pass on our most sincere condolences to all of Gerald's family and friends.
President, 493rd BG Assoc
Gerald Flanagan was a gentleman who adored his wife Edna and his children. Seldom will be meet a kinder couple. They helped me so much at a critical time in my life. I won't forget their loving kindness.
John, Mike & families
I was so sad to hear of your father's passing. As you know, I was sadly only able to meet with your dad in person on one occasion and that was when he made the trip over to Wales to visit friends and family over here a few years ago. However, I did have the pleasure to to speak with him on the telephone on many occasions over the last few years and I must say that he was a real gentleman, who was clearly very caring, thoughtful and kind. He clearly had long-held and passionate beliefs in God, his church and his country, all of which he spoke eloquently about on many occasions. As you can imagine, we certainly "put the world to rights" during many of our weekly discussions on the telephone. Most evident of all during our telephone discussions though was the love that he had for all his family and especially of course for your Mum, Edna. I know that this is a difficult and painful time for all of you and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept sincere condolences for your loss from all the family here in Wales.
My heart is holding you all closely during this difficult time. Words are hollow and will never convey my feelings of sympathy. Mr. Flanagan was one of a kind and we've definitely lost a library... My heart is with you.
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Dear John, My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during your time of grief and always. Although it is never easy to lose a loved one, you should find comfort in the fact that his life was one of many years filled with kindness and success. His smile is what I remember most and now he is joined once again with your mom and smiling eternally in Heaven. May God grant you peace and bless you!
John, I'm sorry for your loss and pray that you will experience the peace of God during this tough season.
Dear John & Michael....I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Mr. Flanagan, as I always called him, was a tremendous person and a good friend. I have known him for over half of my life and I can honestly say that he is one of the kindest souls I have ever met. I know he is in Heaven now joined again with his beloved wife, Edna, who was also one of my longtime friends. I wish you both peace and solace in this time of grief...but I also know that your parents are now together again and are both smiling down upon you both. If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to call.