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Thomas W. FLOOD Jr.

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Thomas W. FLOOD Jr. Obituary
FLOOD, Thomas W., Jr. Thomas W. Flood, Jr., husband of Nancy McGetrick Flood, of Old Marlborough Tpk., Portland, passed away Sunday, (January 23, 2011) at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford. Born in New Haven, January 14, 1944, a son of the late Thomas W. Flood, Sr., and the late Mary Kennedy Flood, he was a lifelong Portland resident. He owned and operated his own investigative business for over 35 years, helping thousands of injured accident victims and their families. He was active in town government, serving on the Portland Democratic Town Committee for over 35 years, the Portland Housing Authority for six years, and the Board of Selectmen for over 14 years. He was also Chairman of the Nominating Committee for the Democratic Town Party. He was instrumental in Portland's purchase of the Brownstone Quarries and the Riverfront Park. Throughout his life, he was a staunch supporter of education and youth services. He was extremely dedicated to Portland sports, including CYO Basketball, Minor League Baseball, Little League Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball and American Legion Baseball. He was also proud of starting the Portland American Legion Baseball Program in 1980. Tom was pivotal in the creation of John Bransfield Park, which is still used by children today. In 2004, he was inducted into the Portland Sports Hall of Fame. Besides his wife Nancy, Tom is survived by his daughter Colleen Chowaniec and her husband Ben of Glastonbury; his sons Thomas W. Flood III of Middletown, Brian Flood of Portland, and Christopher Flood and his wife Alison of Portland; his grandchildren James Flood, Courtney and Eric Chowaniec; his sisters Anne Sundalls and Ellin Murphy, both of Vermont, Mary Flood of Portland and Betsy Flood of Manchester; his brothers Timothy Flood of Portland, Patrick Flood of Vermont, William Flood of Arizona, and Joseph Flood of Guilford, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Michael and John Flood. Please note that there has been a change in the arrangements. His family will receive relatives and friends in the Church of Saint Mary 51 Freestone Avenue., Portland Friday from 3-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Church of Saint Mary. Donations may be made to the Portland Food Bank, PO Box 71, Portland, CT 06480.For directions, or to leave a online expression of sympathy, kindly visit www.portlandmemorialfh.net.

Published in The Hartford Courant from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2011
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