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LAMONT, Flynn Robert
June 8, 1956 - October 29, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Flynn Robert Lamont after a courageous yet short battle with cancer. Flynn graduated from Centennial High School in Coquitlam in 1975 and started his career as a Fireman with the University of British Columbia. He went on to a longstanding career with Vancouver Fire and Rescue. In the spring of 2015 Flynn obtained the designation of Acting Battalion Chief. One of his proudest moments with VFD was in 2003 when he was awarded the Fire Fighter of the Year by the Vancouver Junior Board of Trade Jaycees.
Flynn wore many hats. He was a longtime faculty member with the Justice Institute in their Fire and Safety Division and his area of specialization was technical rescue. Flynn was instrumental in the development of the Vancouver Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team and was one of the members selected to respond to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He was also one of the designees who was deployed to assist with search and recovery efforts in 9/11, as well as the Northshore Landslide in 2005. Flynn had a passion for training and deploying with his search and rescue dogs Barkley and Cooper, and more recently, Huddleston.
Flynn was a volunteer extraordinaire. In his early years he was very involved with Evans Lake Forestry Camp as a Junior Forest Warden; for many years, Flynn was a Big Brother; he was an active member of the Coquitlam Search and Rescue for fifteen years; and he also spent many volunteer hours taking his Search and Rescue dogs to Canuck Place, and to many classrooms throughout the Lower Mainland.
In his personal life he was an avid cyclist and participated in many races such as the Grand Fondo in Whistler. Triathlon was also one of his many passions with one of his fondest being Escape From Alcatraz in San Francisco, which he did five years in a row.
Flynn led a very full and active life. He had a wicked sense of humour and was known to many as the jokester. He always had time for his friends whenever they needed him, even when they didn't think they needed it, and was well-known for his big bear hugs. When he needed a break he headed to his brother's place near Logan Lake. There he could enjoy the quiet, let his dogs run, check out the 'farm,' and spend valuable time with his nieces and nephews.
Flynn was predeceased by his mother Grace Lamont in 1996 and his father Robert Lamont in 2004. Among the many that he leaves behind to mourn his passing are his girlfriend MaryAnne Cumming; his brother Robert Lamont and sister-in-law Judy and their children Colleen, Tammy, Blane and Drew; sister Allison Lamont and her children Kim, April, Alisha and Nicole; and his grandnieces and nephews: Cody, Megan, Amy, John, Maya, Brooke, Kora, Connor, Larissa, Daisy, Carter, and Jaxon - and true to life's cycle, his newest grandniece or grandnephew is soon to arrive.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, and a Service will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, 969 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Flynn would want you to make a donation to a charity of your choice in his memory.

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Nov. 1, 2015.
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November 8, 2015
I was quite shocked when I heard of Flynn's passing. I had known Flynn for some 40 plus years (yes, another one who met through the Junior Forest Warden Program and opposing ends of the football field). We shared a lot of good times, and maybe a few (let's say),interesting times in our youth and young adult lives. I had corresponded with Flynn earlier this year about making the bike ride to Sturgis (so that is not going to be happening). But Flynn, when we make that ride, I will dedicate it to your memory my friend. Rest in Peace
Mark Phillips
November 4, 2015
My sincere condolences to Flynn's family. I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of this news. Flynn was one of the guiding lights in my teen years through the Junior Forest Wardens Program and Evans Lake Camp. A friend and a mentor, the world was brightened by your smile and your big heart.
Thanks Flynn. You showed that one man can indeed change and influence the world in a wonderful way.
Sue Bolton
November 4, 2015
My sincere condolences to Flynn's family, friends and colleagues. It is truly sad to hear he was taken way too soon by such a devastating disease.

Growing up with Flynn and working with him as a Forest Warden leader and counselor at Evans Lake, he was a true friend and mentor. Whenever he flashed that devilish smile or had that twinkle in his eye, you just knew he had a great joke or was up to something that would bring on that unforgettable laugh.

Flynn always had time for others to coach, mentor or offer a helping hand, a natural leader. From all that has been written and shared, he never changed.

Rest in Peace my friend.
Ian Sanderson
November 4, 2015
Although I only knew you as an acquaintance when I lived in the lower mainland, I was deeply saddened to hear of your passing. May you meet up with Barclay and Cooper at the Rainbow Bridge and RIP. You will be sadly missed my many.
Jason Davidson
November 4, 2015
My deepest condolences to Allison, Bob and MaryAnne, and other family and friends. I just found out tonight, watching the 11 pm news, and I am just gutted. Our families were close when we were kids. Some of my happiest and craziest memories growing up involve Flynn and Allison. Bicycle built for two riding in Birch Bay. Building forts out back of their house on Rochester in Coquitlam. Camping at Alouette Lake. Flynn wading in and pulling me out of a stinking cess pool I had fallen in, while everyone else stood at the edge and laughed. Flynn was one of the kindest people I have ever met. Our paths crossed every few years, but I hadn't talked to him in about 4 years, and had no idea he was ill. He was also my very first crush when I was a little girl, and I will never forget him, or his amazing hugs.
Lisa Chapple
November 3, 2015
It is with great sadness to learn of Flynn's passing. I knew Flynn from Junior Forest Wardens 40 years ago. He was a great leader, and always a true friend. Through news reports, I have followed his career with great admiration. And I always said "I knew him when...." RIP Flynn
Janet Bowyer (Bolton)
November 2, 2015
Flynn, it's hard to believe you're gone, much too young. I remember when we were kids playing at our house or cabin in Manitoba, we always had a blast. And, when we reconnected as adults, even though you had grown from s skinny little kid to a tall athletic man, you were still a kid at heart when you weren't at work. I'm so proud of the man you were and the life you lived. I love you, your cousin Rob
Rob Janz
November 2, 2015
Flynn was a unique and unforgettable personality.
From when we met on the first day of grade 8, through many hours on the football field, more hours on the bike, and even more hours hoisting a frosty cold one, he was a true, special and trusted friend. The best man at my wedding, a role model and a constant reminder of what service to one's community actually means.
May the wind always be at your back and the dogs there to greet you when you arrive.
David & Cathy Johnston
November 2, 2015
Flynn, rest peacefully my dear friend since childhood...fond memories. Jennifer Jackson xo
November 2, 2015
Chuckles on the patio in Invermere
Buddy, you left us much too soon. I will always fondly remember the gut wrenching belly laughs. I'm sorry that we didn't have more time together. You will be sorely missed.
Earl Fröm
November 2, 2015 in peace my friend. I am sure you, Barkley and Cooper are lovin' being together again. xxx Susan Whidden.
November 2, 2015
Flynn, you have left a great hole in many lives. You were a friend, true to your word, and a passionate volunteer. Thank you for your many visits to the Public Safety Communications program with Barkley, Cooper and Huddleston. So many have learned from you at KPU. Give Rollie a hug from me!
Tally Wade
November 2, 2015
RIP Flynn. It is with great sadness to hear of your passing:( . I will always think of you with great fondness. (Friend since Grade 5) Always ! Louise Fife (Lafortune)
November 2, 2015
Flynn was one of a kind.

I met him 30+ years ago as a scrawny 18ish year old who was into bikes, at a bike race movie night. We started chatting and decided a ride was in order. One led to many.

As a guy with less than ideal male-role models growing up, you showed up in my life at a time when, even though I didn't know it, I needed it. You were kind, funny, generous with your time, and never, ever made me feel like I was a bother. You were the big brother I never had, and the one I needed. I am forever thankful to you for that.

We rode, laughed, worked, and just hung out together. Irreplaceable memories.

I was saddened and crushed to hear of your illness and then your passing.

I was able to share a letter with you before you passed (so glad it made it on time), to let you know how much our friendship helped shape me into the father and man I am today. Our paths crossed at the right time. And crossed many times from then to more recently. Even if it was years since we saw each other, it was like it was yesterday. Those friendships are irreplaceable.

Rest in peace "mang". I shall dedicate my future bike rides to you. And I'll stop for an ice cream sandwich on one of them (as we used to do) and toast it to you.
David Lewis
November 2, 2015
Rest in peace, brother. You will be missed by many.
michael griffin
November 1, 2015
Worked with Flynn when he was with Coquitlam SAR and when he came to a week long BC Cave Rescue Seminar. He was an instant friend and he will be missed.
Dave Merritt
November 1, 2015
Flynn, you are the quintessential honest and loyal friend. My 'go to' person if my family really needed help. Thanks for the good times and being with me in the difficult times.
Mike Flesher
November 1, 2015
Our communities have lost a great guy, a leader and a friend to SAR personnel everywhere, RIP buddy
James Seeley
November 1, 2015
Flynn was a member of Coquitam Search and Rescue, which is where I met him and discovered his compassion for people and his love of dogs. He is deeply missed by all who knew him.
Dwight Yochim
November 1, 2015
Flynn & I went to highschool together. He was a "Prince" of a guy then as well. Saw Flynn early this summer, had some great laughs!
I'll miss my old pal a lot. One heck of a good guy!
Scott Driemel
November 1, 2015
Sending sincere condolences to Flynn's family and friends.
Maureen O'Connell
November 1, 2015
As Barkley's breeders, we were so proud to have known Flynn and follow all that he accomplished with his "boys". He was totally dedicated to his profession and his SAR training with the dogs. Our sympathies to all who knew and loved Flynn. He was a friend for 19 years and a character we will always remember. He's with Barkley and Cooper now and at peace.
Ainslie & Barrie Mills
November 1, 2015
I have known Flynn for 34 years, we met while he volunteered for the 1981 Summer Special Olympic Games in Ottawa. I am devastated by his passing...Sheila and I had dinner with Flynn when we were last in Vancouver, and had a blast. Flynn and I lived together, skied together, laughed together, ran together...I would love to hear from family or friends of Flynn...we have been good friends for a long time. Mary Ann, we have not met but, we would love to hear from you. Bill and Sheila Bean, 902 476 3478, Hacketts Cove, NS
Bill and Sheila Bean
November 1, 2015
Myself and the cycling group will always remember you my friend. Rest in Peace.
Claude Lassigne
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