2007-04-19 / Obituaries

Peter L. Flynn, 67

Peter L. Flynn, 67, of Jamestown, formerly of Newton, Mass., died peacefully on Monday, April 16, 2007, surrounded by his family.

He was the beloved husband of Edie (Fletcher) Flynn and the former husband of Delia (Conley) Flynn.

Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Judge Lawrence A. and Helen V. (Brown) Flynn. He was the proud and loving father of Matthew Flynn of Falmouth, Mass., Mari Flynn of Warwick, and Jesse Flynn of Boston. He was the grandfather of Maya Flynn and Barry Flynn of Warwick.

Mr. Flynn is also survived by his sisters Paula Gaudreau of Jamestown, Mary Beth Kelleher of Rumford, and Bunnie Quinn of Newport; brothers Neil Flynn of Central Falls, and Denny Flynn of Newport, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Flynn was a graduate of St. Raphael Academy and the University of Massachusetts-Boston and completed graduate studies at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

He retired in 2002 after working as an administrator for 30 years at Massachusetts Half-Way Houses, Inc. (MHHI) in Boston, a non-profit agency that operates residential programs for adult and youthful offenders. He was also an active officer in many professional organizations, serving as the vice president of the MHHI Federal Credit Union, vice president of the International Halfway House Association and Auditor for the Massachusetts Probation and Accreditation Commission. He volunteered for several causes and campaigns, including the United Farm workers Union and the Committee to Re-Elect Ken Reeves in Cambridge, Mass.

He threw himself into his life with a passion. He loved to cook, mix cocktails and entertain, to the pleasure of his many friends and relatives. He was always up for a wine tasting and a restaurant opening or food show, and was very proud of his nephews in the restaurant industries. He enjoyed music, especially jazz, and had an extensive collection of good music. He was an avid reader and enjoyed telling stories and holding late night political discussions. Political discussions with Peter were never dull, whether you agreed with him or not.

Peter loved boating in Narragansett Bay and was a charter member of the Jamestown Yacht Club. He was the Captain of "Gusto Too", "Princess Leah" and most recently, of "Echo," with navigational help from his wife, Edie. He had many sea stories to share, including his adventures down the Sakonnet River with his children, his sail from Newport to St. Thomas as a crew member and his trip with his wife Edie from the west coast of Florida up the Intracoastal Waterway to Jamestown.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, P.O. Box 690, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Arrangements were by Fagan- Quinn Funeral Home.

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