Mr. James F. "Jim" Flannery Jr., 52, a resident of Plains Twp., passed into eternal life most unexpectedly early Monday morning while on a hunting trip in Sullivan County.
Born Jan. 20, 1969, in Belleville, N.J., he was one of eight children to Mrs. Ann "Nancy" Kelly Flannery, of West Pittston, and the late Mr. James Francis Flannery Sr.
Following the family's relocation to the Wyoming Valley, they settled in Wilkes-Barre's East End neighborhood, where they became well-known, making many friends over the years.
Devoted to his Irish Catholic heritage, Jim graduated from the former Holy Saviour Parochial School; was a 1987 graduate of the former Bishop Hoban High School; and later became a 1992 graduate of King's College, all of Wilkes-Barre. While at King's, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree toward his vocation in computer information systems.
Following his formal education, Jim entered a successful career spanning some 29 years in information technology. His most recent tenure was 10 years with Frontier Communications as a lead information technology developer.
In his spare time, Jim loved the outdoors. Being an avid hunter and fisherman, he passed while doing something that he enjoyed in this life. His presence leaves an irreplaceable void in the hearts of his family, friends and co-workers, as he brought laughter to everyone around him. He certainly will be greatly missed by all those he touched in this life.
He and his wife, the former Bridget A. Bailey, celebrated 23 years of married life this past June 13.
Besides his father, Jim Sr., who passed on March 14, 2004, the family suffered the loss of his brother, David Flannery, on Oct. 24 of that same year.
Left to cherish the wonderful memories he leaves, in addition to Bridget at home, are the couple's daughter, Bailey, a student at Penn State University; his mom, Mrs. Ann "Nancy" Flannery, West Pittston; siblings, Irene Flannery, Kingston; Mary DeLucia and her husband, Dan, Harding; Michael Flannery, Wilkes-Barre; Ken Flannery and his wife, Jennifer, Palm Bay, Fla.; Stephen Flannery and his wife, Amanda, Forty Fort; Matthew Flannery, Berlin, N.J.; mother-in-law, Bonnie Robbins and her husband, Paul, Plains Twp.; father-in-law, Francis Bailey and his wife, Mary Louise, Nanticoke; brothers and sisters-in-law, including Shannon Bailey, Plains Twp.; Holly Banja and husband, Ed, Wilkes-Barre; Dylan Robbins, Pittston; Ray Konetski and Carrie Konetski, both of Nanticoke; Daniel Bailey and wife, Tessa, Chadds Ford; nieces and nephews, including Billy Kimble; Genevieve Flannery; Trevor, Lilah and Clara Flannery; Brandon Stry; Autumn Konetski; Jaxon Banja; Francis, Harry and Glenn Bailey; great-nephew, Will Kimble; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, fellow Frontier employees and many dear friends.
Funeral services for Jim will be conducted with his Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Parish of St. Andre Bessette, 668 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Monsignor Thomas M. Muldowney, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Moscow, and personal family friend, will serve as principal celebrant and homilist.
Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, 1594 S. Main St., Hanover Twp.
Relatives and friends may join Jim's family for visitation and shared remembrances directly at church from 9 a.m. until the time of his Funeral Mass. Those in attendance are kindly asked to wear facial masks.
In lieu of floral tributes, Jim's family would be humbled if those contemplating a monetary donation in his memory kindly give consideration to the Luzerne County SPCA, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or directly at www.spcaluzernecounty.org.
John V. Morris Family Funeral Home Inc., Wilkes-Barre, is honored to care for our friend Jim and his family at this time.
To share words of comfort and support with Bridget and the family, or for directions to his services, please visit Jim's memorial page on our family's website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHome.com.