Flynn, John Paul "Jack", 74 of Bedford, NH formerly of Waltham, MA passed away on April 13, 2021, after a life well lived and a long battle with complications from exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
He was born in Lowell, Mass. on April 11, 1947. Son of the late James Michael Flynn (d.2000) and Anastasia Marie (Birch/Brzozowski) Flynn (d.2010).
Jack was a loving husband of Margaret "Gail" (Kimball) Flynn whom he shared almost 52 years of marriage. They were married on September 13, 1969, in Saint Julia's Church in Weston, Mass.
He was a loving and devoted Dad to Michael Allan Flynn of Moultonborough, NH formerly of Roslindale Square, MA, and David Kimball Flynn of Bedford, NH. Dear brother of James Michael Flynn III and his wife Patricia A. Flynn of Waltham, MA, Brother-in-law of John Malatesta, and his late wife Janet Marie (Kimball) (d. 2017), of Hudson, MA. John and Barbara (Kimball) Fulton of Dudley, MA.
Jack always loved when his nieces and nephews would come to visit him at home. He loved to spoil the little ones with toys or treats. He is survived by his nieces and nephews. Nicole Fulton, Karen Malatesta, Kristen (Malatesta) Ela, Megan (Malatesta) Gustafson, Kristina M. (Flynn) MacKenzie, Ryan A. Flynn, Max Gustafson, Emily and Sofia Flynn, Lydia and Giuliana MacKenzie, and the late James Patrick Flynn (d.2019). Also survived by many other family and friends.
Sgt. John Flynn served his country proudly and honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1965 to 1968. He was a combat veteran in the Vietnam War as an Artillery Forward Observer. He spent 1966 to 1967 in the Republic of Vietnam whereas Jack would say " I was sprayed and betrayed by Agent Orange" He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2*, The Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ 1960- and Rifle Expert Badge. During his time in the Marine Corps, he was a firearms instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Following his honorable discharge from the Marines, he served as a Federal Police Officer with the U.S. Federal Protective Service (GSA). He was a patrol officer for various Federal Buildings in the Metro Boston area, including the U.S. Court House, The Waltham Federal Center, IRS Center in Andover, Federal Regional Disaster Center in Maynard, JFK Federal Building, and the U.S. Customs House in Boston. After his days as a patrolman, he had Top Secret Clearance with the Federal Protective Service and was proud to be a part of the construction of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in the late 1970s.
After moving to Bedford, NH he worked for the Bedford, NH Police, and Fire Departments as a dispatcher and later became a Patrolman with the Bedford Police until his health slowed him down.
Jack had a passion for cooking, enjoying time at the family's cottage in Dennisport on the Swan River, and later enjoyed spending time with family at the lake house on Lake Winnipesaukee, where he was always doing projects around the house. He was very talented at handiwork, renovating, or doing electrical work.
Jack's last few months were difficult, and the Doctors and Nurses at Concord Hospital were exceptionally caring and compassionate. We also can't thank Jack's son David enough for always being there to take care of Dad every day. You truly are a Godsend. We Love you Dad and you'll always be our hero and never be forgotten. Thank you for all you have done for Mom, David, and myself. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. SEMPER FI Dad!!!
SERVICES: A Celebration of Jack's life will be held on Saturday, April 17th at 11 O'clock in the Durning, Bykowski, & Young Funeral Home, 285 Manchester St. (Corner of Beech Street) Manchester, NH. Family and friends are invited to an hour of visitation prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. The United States Marine Corps Honors will follow the service. Burial will take place at a later date in the Bedford Center Cemetery in the family plot with his parents. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jack's "Undertaker Son", Michael Flynn.
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