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Joseph F. Flynn Jr.

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Joseph F. Flynn Jr. Obituary
FLYNN, Joseph F., Jr. Of Brookline suddenly on January, 20th 2011. Beloved son of the late Joseph F. Flynn and Elizabeth D. (Burns) Flynn. Joe is survived by his loving wife Claire E. (Donovan) Flynn. Dear brother John Flynn. Proud children Elizabeth and Joseph III, daughter-in-law Miranda and grandchildren Joseph IV and Kenzie Claire. Joe Flynn touched the lives of so many people and made significant contributions to the community through his selfless volunteer work and fundraising. Born in Fresno, CA to Joe Sr. and Betty Flynn, he lost his father when he was just 14. He went on to take on the personality of his mother, "Ma" Flynn, a Radcliffe graduate and professor. After graduating from Boston Latin '62, Harvard '66 and BC Law '69, his unquenchable thirst for knowledge and his pursuit of higher education never waned as he attended courses at Harvard extension into his mid-60's. He would regularly display his intellectual horsepower by regularly watching Jeopardy and answering almost every question correctly. His craving for knowledge was surpassed only by his humanitarian spirit. His respect and love for life were his true passions and his career aspirations followed these tenets. In 1971, Joe moved to Kentucky working for the Mountain People's Rights organization. This was the first group representing coal miners in labor, strip mining and black lung cases. In 1976, he went on to form the Law Firm "Flynn and Clark" specializing in general litigation and business immigration. However, his volunteer work eventually became the fire that stoked his soul. Joe took on a role as fundraiser, board member and contributor to Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center, an all-girls charter school established to give financially disadvantaged girls not only an opportunity at a higher education but an enrichment that goes well above academics. He was passionate around the vision that these young ladies needed to be equipped with the right tools as they would have to take leadership positions in the family and foundations of their culture and community. His latest pursuit was the St. Bonafice Haiti Foundation, dedicated to bringing quality healthcare to Haiti. He became involved shortly before the earthquake and was entrenched within the cause ever since. In his spare time, Attorney Flynn was an avid baseball fan and waited eagerly for years to see his beloved Red Sox win two World Series' titles. In the early 90's, his love of baseball became a volunteer job when he ran the Brookline youth baseball league. He also enjoyed spending weekends in New York at the Metropolitan Opera in NY with his wife. Traveling through Europe was yet another past time that he reveled in with his wife. Most importantly, Joe Flynn embodied all that is good in this world. A true renaissance man, his life will be celebrated and missed by all those fortunate enough to have known him. Visitation will be held on Monday evening from 4:00pm-8:00pm at the Bell-O'Dea Funeral Home, 376 Washington St. BROOKLINE. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury on Tuesday at 10:00am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment St Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Joe's name made to Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center, 515 Blue Hill Ave, Dorchester M, 02121 or St Boniface Haiti Foundation www.haitihealth.org 400 N Main St, Randolph, MA 02368. For guestbook and directions www.bellodeafuneralhome.com
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Published in The Boston Globe from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2011
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