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John Flanagan

1936 - 2016 Notice Condolences
John Flanagan Notice

John Charles "Jack" Flanagan, 79, of Columbia, Maryland, passed away suddenly on May 12, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Linda Bearg Flanagan, sister Anne Thompson (And husband George) of Milton, MA, brother William Flanagan (and wife Clare) of Needham, MA, brother in law Edward Cochran of Clarksville, MD; his children, John Charles Flanagan, Jr. (and wife Debbie) of Pembroke, MA, Paul William Flanagan (and wife Martha) of Scituate, MA, Georgia Veronica Spielvogel (and husband Brian) of Rochester, NH, Sean Bearg Flanagan (and Karen Gates) of Berkeley, CA, and Kevin Bearg Flanagan, of Boston, MA, and by eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, and 16 nieces and nephews. Jack was the son of the late William and Catherine Flanagan and brother of the late Joan Cochran. Born in 1936 in Boston, Jack graduated from St. Sebastian's High School in Newton, Massachusetts and attended Georgetown University in Washington DC. He began a career in sales and became Vice-President of Sales for Carnation Company and later worked for Dean Foods Company. He moved to Los Angeles in 1972 where he met Linda, his wife of 39 years. They married in 1976 and moved to Columbia in 1980. Jack took great joy in coaching Pony League baseball, participating in the town of Cohasset's Recreation Department, and watching his sons play in the Howard County Youth Program and later for Oakland Mills High School. For years he played in tennis tournaments at Wilde Lake and Owen Brown Tennis Clubs in Columbia, MD. He played senior softball locally, and was named Rookie of the Year in 1996. For many years he umpired regional senior league softball games. Jack was well-known for his quick, dry wit and always entertained with jokes, trivia, and story-telling. A lifelong lover of nature, he adored the pond and surrounding wildlife at his Columbia home. He was passionately loyal to the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. A Memorial Service will be held at the Franciscan Friary, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, Maryland on Saturday, May 21st, at 3:00 p.m. A service in Massachusetts will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that his memory be honored with donations to The Children's Home in Catonsville, MD.
Published in Baltimore Sun on May 17, 2016
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