Francis Xavier Flatley

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Flatley, Francis Xavier Beloved husband and friend, Francis Xavier Flatley, is now at perfect peace, experiencing all joy in the presence of his Savior, having departed life peacefully on January 3, 2013 at the age of 84, with his wife of 25 years, Paula, at his side. Frank was born in Boston, MA to Irish immigrants, Margaret Kelly and Patrick James Flatley, from Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, Ireland. He graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School in Brookline, MA and was appointed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Frank was the oldest of thirteen children, all of whom shared a love for one another that was remarkable. It was a big reunion when they all gathered with their spouses to sing and tell jokes. At every wedding, brother Tom led the clan in singing "Oh, Mamie Riley." Frank loved sharing stories about their growing up in such a large, close-knit family, with their father rolling up the rug and getting out the squeeze box to play a few Irish tunes. In 1951, after having graduated from the Academy, Frank married Elda Bello from Bayside, NY. They lived in Norfolk, VA, during which time Frank proudly served his country as a naval officer aboard the USS Kula Gulf. He worked aboard Texaco oil tankers as an officer and later for Caltex Corporation for the next 38 years. He and Elda moved their family to East Meadow, NY. Elda died in 1982. That same year, Caltex moved their headquarters from NYC to Irving, TX. Frank's Catholic faith was always strong and manifested itself in his attendance at Mass regularly. He served as a Reader and Eucharistic Minister at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Bedford, TX, at University of Dallas 5 PM Mass and at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Irving. He was a member of Serra, a Catholic organization. In 1985, Frank met Paula Fuller Bowman and they were married in March of 1988. They met on an arranged blind date and were together in travels, fun, and the trials of life's health problems. After retiring from Caltex, he enjoyed retirement joining a tennis league with "the boys" on Saturday mornings and gardening. Frank very was active in his community. He was honored with the Irving High Spirited Citizen Award, served as President of the Irving Heart Association, President of the Irving Symphony Orchestra Association, was an active Rotarian. He even tried his hand in politics when he ran for an Irving City Council seat. Frank began a second career with American Airlines as an agent at the Dallas SRO. He worked for 17 years there with wonderful people that loved him and his jokes. They gave him a surprise birthday party on his 80th birthday and had a star named for him. He was the oldest full time employee at the time of his illness. Frank and Paula blended their family of children and grandchildren. Pop and Grammy/Nannie/Mimi were able to enjoy, with much pride, their combined grandchildren's accomplishments. He and Paula supported TexasFest a benefit sponsored by the Baylor/Irving Healthcare Foundation, Irving's Symphony Orchestra, MainStage Theater and Lyric Stage. Together they had an active social life, playing in a regular Couples Bridge group, monthly Wednesday night birthday dinners, and enjoyed going out to dinner with friends. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children, Elda; daughter Margaret Flatley Psinakis; sister Margaret (Peggy) Pomer; brothers-in-law, Bill Peters and Dr. Joseph Corey; nephew Richard Pomer and many close friends of the Class of 1950 at the Merchant Marine Academy. Frank is survived by his wife, Paula, son Gary Flatley of Las Vegas, NV; son David Flatley and wife Nan of Levittown, NY; daughter Elizabeth Pia Richard and husband Jeffrey of Keller, TX, and son Brian Flatley. He was the much loved "second dad" and special friend to both of Paula's children: Bret Bowman of Austin and wife, Deirdre; Catherine Bowman Bundick and husband, Joel of Centennial, CO. He will be missed by his grandchildren: Christopher Flatley, Melissa Malmberg, Andrew Costello, Brittany Richard, Christine Dixon, Kaitlyn Flatley, Garrett Bundick, Meaghan Flatley, Elizabeth Bowman, Blaise Richard, Grayson Bundick, Kevin Flatley, Gabrielle Richard, Michaela Flatley, Monica and Mathew Flatley. Frank is also survived by his brother James Flatley and wife, Mary of Fort Meyers, FL; brother Thomas Flatley and wife Dorothy of Roxbury, MA; brother William Flatley and wife Louise of Medfield, MA; brother-in-law, Dr. Frank Pomer of Belmont, MA: brother Paul Flatley and wife Joan of Fountain Hills, AZ; sister Ellen Corey of Westport, CT; sister Monica McIntyre and husband Dr. James of Peabody, MA; sister Sr. Mary Flatley of the Sisters Mercy Order in Windham, NH, sister Catherine (Kitty) Peters of Livermore, CA; brother The Rev. Brian Flatley of Arlington, MA; brother Kevin Flatley and wife Cheri of Methusen, MA and sister, Virginia (Ginny) Butler of Wakefield, MA. Also saddened by their eldest Flatley uncle's passing are 61 nieces and nephews. Frank will be buried in the Fuller Family plot at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, TX. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 PM Monday, January 7, 2013 at the Church of the Incarnation at the University of Dallas with Rev. Brian Flatley as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials be donated to the Irving Symphony Orchestra Association, Baylor/Irving Healthcare Foundation or the . Visitation Sunday January 6 from 2-4 at the funeral home.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 6, 2013
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