John Joseph Flood Jr. (also known as Jack or Gramps), 87, of Severna Park, died July 13 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 2, 1926 and was a son of the late John J. Flood Sr. and Loretta Leroy Flood. Mr. Flood graduated from Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades in New York City. After graduating high school he attended Boro Hall Academy in Brooklyn, New York. Due to WWII, he put school on hold to enlist in the Army. He was a Sergeant in the United States Army serving between August 1, 1944 and January 15, 1947. During WWII he was in the Battle of the Bulge, Central Europe Campaign and the Rhineland Campaign. During his time in the Army he received many medals and ribbons, including the Bronze Star. After discharging, he then attended Panzer College of Physical Education and Hygiene in NJ for two years before transferring and graduating from New York University in 1951. On August 8, 1953, he married the former Kathleen Ann Fitzgerald. He went on to get his Master's in Education in 1954 from New York University. Upon completion of his education, he began work as a physical education teacher and coach in the Baltimore area. After leaving teaching, he began working in recreation at Aberdeen Proving Ground, working his way up to Chief of Morale, Welfare and Recreation for the Department of the Army. He was responsible for the morale, welfare and recreation needs of Army bases worldwide, retiring in March of 1985 after 33 years. On April 4, 1987, he married the former Ruth Amanda Geiger Ramagnano. Until his health declined in recent years, they skied and traveled throughout Europe and the U.S. visiting family and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Flood was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathleen A. Flood, and a granddaughter, Mary Katherine Bradford. He is survived by his wife, Ruth A. Flood of Severna Park; a daughter, Kathleen Bradford (Dennis) of Cambridge and two grandchildren, Sarah and Kenneth Bradford of Cambridge; a sister, Lorraine Gallagher of Sayville, NY. He is also survived by a stepson, Kevin Ramagnano of Severna Park; three grandchildren, Cristina Ramagnano Speaks (Neil) of Kansas, Joseph Ramagnano of Kansas, and Cathi Ramagnano of Severna Park; and three great-grandchildren, Logan, Cole and Megan Speaks of Kansas; and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be Celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on July 17, 2013