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FLINN--Michael de Vlaming,

of Delray Beach, FL, and Greenwich, CT, died peacefully at home on August 1, 2015. Born on June 15, 1941 in Durham, NC, the son of Marion de Vlaming and Lawrence Flinn, he attended Aiken Preparatory, Hotchkiss, and Yale, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1962. He received a JD from Harvard in 1965. Michael served as Captain in Army Intelligence. His law career began at White & Case. He was a limited partner at Ingalls & Snyder, 1970-96, later joining the firm of Spears, Benzak, Solomon & Farrell, and in recent years was a managing director at Tocqueville Asset Management, where he was the General Partner of Blooming Grove Partners, LP. He was elected to two terms from the 149th District to the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1982-86. He served on the Boards of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, the Republican Town Meeting, Greenwood Cemetery, and The Cold Water Conservation Fund. Michael excelled as an athlete and sportsman. Above all he unfailingly practiced good sportsmanship. Of his many championships, Michael most proudly defended his National Court Tennis Doubles title in the 70+ age category at Newport in March. In May, he captained the American team in England against an International field. We will miss his bright mind, love of art, poetry, music, gardens and travel, his fondness for being in nature, his generosity, his admonition always to be kind, his winning smile and unforgettable laugh. He lived his life fully and lovingly to the very last day. Michael is survived by his brother, Lawrence, his first wife, Elizabeth Tracey, and their four children: William III, Michael, Jr., Theodore, and Randall, as well as his wife Ann, his step-children Allison Ryan and Jonathan Hanes, and all their wonderful spouses: Maura, Suzanne, Michael, John and Victoria, and twelve beautiful and adoring grandchildren. His brother George died in 2014. Donations may be made in memory of Michael de Vlaming Flinn to the Everglades Foundation, 18001 Old Cutler Road, suite 625, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157. The funeral service is at Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich, CT, on Friday, August 7 at 10:30AM. Condolences may be offered at www.leopgallaghergreen wich.com.

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August 16, 2015
Bull, Mike, Ted and Randall, i was so sad to hear the news about your Dad. I think of all the wonderful times our families had together and i am happy i had the chance to spend so much time with him and with you. I am sending love and big hugs, Aunt Wendy
wendy chase
August 15, 2015
Dear Flinn Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a great champion of the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich. It was my pleasure to have worked with him for many years in service to our youth. He was a great man. My sincerest condolences.
Jeff Starcher
August 12, 2015
Dear Ann and all the Flinn Family....Please except our deepest sympathy on the death of your husband and father and grandfather. Our heartfelt wishes of love are with you all at this difficult time, Eda and Jeffrey Peterson, (Audubon Family).
Eda and Jeffrey Peterson
August 9, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to the Flinn family. May you draw comfort from the peace only God can give. "He will make you firm, he will make you strong." - 1 Peter 5:10
August 9, 2015
Ann, Randall, Michael, Teddy and Billy,
Michael's death leaves and real void in people's lives. He was a true man of the world with so many varied interests, and the love of sharing them. All the Serrell's are thinking of you at this time and send our sincere and deepest condolences.
Chip & Wendy Serrell
August 8, 2015
Dear Ann,

Cyndy and I were deeply saddened by the news of Michael's passing. We will all miss his wit and laugh and friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. He fought hard! Lots of love , the Spurdles
August 7, 2015
Dear Randall Flinn and Family...Please accept my sincere condolences on your wonderful Father's death...I have Memories of years ago when we were good neighbors on Beautiful Greenbriar Lane in Greenwich...
Carolyn Clephane-Rosenberg
August 6, 2015
Dear Ann and all the Flinn family
Although Michael was committed to many sports his bravery and determination to live his life to the full benefited his team mates and all of us in England for the Over 70's this May because we had the pleasure of his company and enthusiasm.
He was always charming, cheerful and a good companion to all around him. I wish you all the strength your close family can obviously give you and as the pain diminishes the wonderful memories will act as a solid base for your future lives. With fond thoughts to you all
Lesley Ronaldson
(Real Tennis UK)
Lesley Ronaldson
August 6, 2015
Dear Ann, Mike, Billy, Teddy and Randall,
Jinny and I send our deepest sympathies to all of you for the death of your dad. Our prayers are with you.
Lots of love,
Jinny & Sam Sammis
August 6, 2015
Dear Ann: My true sympathy unto you and the children, and to Larry.

Michael was a good man. I knew him only a fraction as well as I knew George, his loss a stunningly bad event upon me, but he always most genuinely inquired in detail of what I was doing at the time.
Michael's career was certainly distinguished. His fathers sacrifice, noted on te wall outside Woolsey Hall at Yale, was exemplary. He was offered high civilian service which would have exempted him, but he went to serve as an Infantryman, alas to a bad day "'near Hahn, Germany". And Larry's accomplishment is stellar. What a family! Fritz
August 6, 2015
So sorry to read about your loss, Ann.. am thinking of you and yours. with love,
Susan Firestone
August 5, 2015
To Ann Flinn and Family --
From Canada, we send our condolences and love.
Too young!
Romer and Deming
August 5, 2015
Dear Ann,
We send our sympathy and condolences. Our loved ones live on in our hearts and minds.
We are sending support across the years and miles.
Love, Nanci and Jim Bobrow
Nanci Bobrow
August 5, 2015
With sadness and love
David & Susan Lloyd
August 4, 2015
A great sportsman who encouraged other less talented players at sports.
Lindsay McManus
August 4, 2015
My deepest sympathies on Michael's passing.
He was a good friend.

John L. Furth
August 4, 2015
A wonderful friend and colleague with whom I spent many interesting fun times over more than forty years. Maria and I have Michael, Ann and his family in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill Spears
August 4, 2015
May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time
August 3, 2015
So many great times with you & family. Our travel times were amazing with our children...Thanks for all our fun days in East Hampton over many years. Michael & I will miss you, Fondly Betsy (Lawall) Grant...
betsy grant
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