Obituary for John Flannagan Sr.
Clinton-John C. Flannagan, Sr., 93, passed away peacefully in his residence surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, March 11, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife Bernice (Marhefka) Flannagan, with whom he would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on April 29th; their children and spouses, Cynthia Miller & Craig of Sterling; Donna Beck & William; and John C. Flannagan, Jr. & Karyl Lee, all of Clinton; grandchildren, Billy Beck, Laura Silvester, Ashley Caouette, Caroline Raschko, and John C. Flannagan III; great-grandchildren, Brian, Emma, and Max; nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. He is preceded in death by his brother Thomas Flannagan and infant sister Elizabeth.
John was born in Clinton to the late Thomas & Libby (Kittila) Flannagan. He was educated in Clinton Schools before joining the work force at Wyman-Gordon in Worcester, where he was employed from a young age until his enlistment to proudly serve our nation in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII. He was selected to study in the Curtiss Wright Technical Institute, where he graduated with high honors as an aerial engineer. Technical Sergeant Flannagan was assigned to a C-47 Troop Carrier with primary missions of training and towing gliders from the inception of this military program. He begged for overseas deployment and was granted assignment to participate in the D-Day Plus 1 invasion on Normandy and numerous conflicts throughout the European theatre, for which he was recognized and awarded three Army Air Medals. John returned home safely and began his career as a self-employed contractor, having built his own home on Bristol Ave. and six other homes in Clinton before joining Chick’s Construction, and later Innamorati Bros. Contractors to manage the construction of 6 schools between both companies. He was approached by the Bishop to Volunteer his time to attend a meeting to discuss the construction needs of the different parishes in the Diocese which later was formed into the Building Commission where he was a charter member. He was then fortunate to be offered the position of Superintendent of Construction for the Catholic Diocese of Worcester, where for the next 27 years he oversaw all construction and renovation of churches, schools, rectories, and property throughout the Diocese. Upon retirement the Mother Seton Award was bestowed upon him from the Catholic Diocese of Worcester in recognition of his dedicated career. John was a member of St. John the Guardian of Our Lady Parish in Clinton and held membership with the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a motorcycle enthusiast, an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed boating and water skiing, and a lover of animals, namely his German Shepherd dogs. In addition to serving as the official family videographer for all parties and events, John could always be found surrounded by laughter with family and friends who enjoyed his masterful ability to tell a great story.
Funeral Services are to be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster. Calling hours will be held in the funeral home from 5 until 7PM on Monday, March 13, 2017. The Flannagan family requests that flowers be omitted and memorial contributions made in memory of John C. Flannagan, Sr. to The Bishop’s Fund, 49 Elm St., Worcester, MA 01609. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com
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