Gerald J. "Red" Flynn of Franklin, former longtime Dedham resident, July 29, 2020. Beloved husband of 44 years to the late Marie F. (Powers). Devoted father to Colleen M. Flynn and Karyn E. Flynn of Franklin, and the late Gerald R. Flynn of Boston. Loved by granddaughters Victoria M. and Elizabeth C. Flynn of Franklin.
Red was a proud military veteran and served in the US Navy and loved his country. He was a hardworking man, that fully supported his family in every sense of the word, and retired from Honeywell after 37 years of service. Red exceled at all of the roles he took on in his life: son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. No role more fulfilling than grandfather. He was affectionately named "Beam" by his oldest granddaughter almost 20 years ago, and from then on became known as Beam to everyone. Beam was so proud and so thoroughly enjoyed his time with his grandkids and loved attending school events, soccer and basketball games. Beam was so supportive of the grandkids education and was so proud to attend a rolling graduation parade in June.
Red was an avid animal lover his entire life and had many dogs and cats throughout the years. He leaves behind his three dogs, Birdie, Winnie, Cooper and a cat named Wall-E. Cooper was his longtime companion of 14 years and always could be found right by his side. He loved gambling, traveling to Disney World, a good burger and Town Spa pizza. He has also been known to enjoy homemade root beer floats. on a regular basis. HIs family believes he single handedly helped to support the Massachusetts Lottery by his daily scratch ticket consumption. His love of sports has been passed to his children and one grandchild. He was thrilled to go to sporting events. He was fortunate enough to attend many playoff Bruins and Celtic's games and the icing on the cake was the World Series and seeing the Red Sox win in 2004. He also held down his recliner every Sunday for the Pats.
Gerald was a kindhearted man with a quick smile, twinkle in his eye and had a story for every occasion. Through his words and actions, he taught all of us how to be a good person. A truer gentleman, there will never be. He will be missed tremendously.
A private family service and burial will be held at Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton. In Lieu of flowers please consider a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.