Alton Al Edmund Flynn of Hanson, formerly of Holbrook, died June 8, 2013, at the age of 68, after a long and difficult illness. Beloved husband of Ena M. (Bell) Flynn, he was the loving father of Leslie ONeil of Kansas; dear son of the late Edmund Duffy Flynn and Evelyn Pompeo Flynn; devoted brother of Evelyn Mavilia of Holbrook, Kathy Flynn of Braintree and Marion Flynn of Illinois; dear grandfather of Daniel and Anna ONeil of Kansas; Godfather of Suzanne Bernier of Hanson. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. Alton graduated from Holbrook High School, studied at Bryant and Stratton Business School. He served in the Army in Vietnam. He did not talk to his family about his service, but maintained a loyalty to those who served through a variety of volunteer activities, including indexing the writing of Vietnam era veterans and their spouses. After the service, he worked for Morse Shoe and Deerskin Trading Post as an accountant while finishing his undergraduate studies at Northeastern University. To fulfill a dream to teach, he received a master's degree in teaching from Bridgewater State University. He taught high school accounting in Cohasset and Braintree and then at Stoughton High School, he taught his love, American Studies and History. Many students credit him for lighting a spark for history that has enriched their lives. His colleagues were his good friends. He was also ahead of his time, running peer leadership groups at Stoughton High. Al had a lifelong love of all things automotive, and found peace in working on his immaculate cars. As an adult, he was very athletic, working out regularly or taking long bike rides with his friend Don Bernier of Hanson. He and Ena also loved visiting museums and traveling together, especially to the southwest and Maine. His family is grateful for his life and all he left here on earth, and will all miss him. Reposing at the Cartwright Funeral Home, 69 So. Franklin St., Holbrook, (Rte. 37), until 9:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hour 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Burial at 2:15 p.m. in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Colony House Scholarship Fund, 277 Washington St., Abington, MA 02351. For directions or to leave a sympathy message, please visit our Web site at www.cartwrightfuneral.com.
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Published in The Enterprise on June 11, 2013