FLANAGAN, MSgt. Andrew Francis Jr.
MSgt. Andrew Francis Flanagan, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.), 82, of Colchester and formerly of Enfield and Bloomfield, beloved husband of Marie (Pelletier) Flanagan, passed away peacefully Monday (January 7, 2013) surrounded by his loving family. Born Nov. 6, 1930 in Hartford, he was a son of the late Andrew and Alice (Cavanaugh) Flanagan. A gentle man dedicated to both his family and country, he served proudly for 21 years with the Army. His career spanned World War II, Korea and Vietnam, receiving numerous commendations including the Bronze Star. Upon completion of his service, retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant, he continued in the same spirit by actively leading and participating with the VFW in the following capacities; Connecitcut State Commander from 1995-6, 3rd District Commander from 1991-2 and Quartermaster of Posts 10219 and 1009 from 1970 to 2012. Mr. Flanagan was also a member and Adjutant of the Donald A. Bigelow American Legion Post 54 in Colchester as well as the Antique Veterans of Colchester Honor Guard, commemorating the selfless service of many comrades. In 1970, he began his civilian career, first at the Arrow Hart Co. and then Crouse-Hinds Airport Lighting until his retirement in 1995. In their spare time, both he and Marie were avid fans of UCONN basketball. His greatest joy, however, was found in his family, especially his children and granddaughters (his pride and joy). In addition to his loving wife of 56 years, he leaves three children and their spouses, Daniel and Susan of Windsor Locks, Michael and Darlene of Middletown and Andrea and William Phinney of Colchester; four granddaughters, Megan LaRose and husband, Jackson, Bridget Armstrong and husband, Paul, and Kellina and Breana Flanagan; dear friends and neighbors, The Herwerth Family of Colchester; his fellow veterans; and numerous extended family members and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, William and Patrick.
Friends may call 1-3 p.m. Sunday Jan. 13 at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd., Colchester. A reception will follow the wake at St. Joseph's Polish Society, Colchester. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Monday Jan. 14 directly at St. Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Ave., Colchester. Rendering of full military honors will follow Mass. Entombment will be private at the Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.