Thomas's Story

SCARBOROUGH - Thomas Shea Flanagan, age 89, of Portland, Maine, died on March 8, 2015, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. He was born in Bangor, Maine, on April 4, 1925, the sixth child of John P. and Helen Shea Flanagan.

He graduated from Bangor High School in the Class of 1943, and was immediately inducted into the Army of the United States. Following service in WWII in the European Theater of Operations, he attended the University of Maine on the GI Bill and graduated with the Class of 1949. He began working for the USF&G insurance company as a resident claims adjustor in Bangor in 1951, and was promoted to Claims Manager for Maine and New Hampshire in 1961. He retired in 1990. He was a gifted cabinet maker who worked under the tongue-in-cheek label "Acme." Many friends and family were fortunate to receive his pieces. He was also a talented and prolific photographer with his own dark room equipment. Tom was a member of the Maine Woodworkers Association and the VFW Deering Memorial Post 6859. He also enjoyed teaching courses for aspiring insurance professionals. He was a patient, kindly, devoted father with a gentle, dry sense of humor. He taught by example the virtues of patience, tolerance, hard work and stoic self-discipline. In 1946, he married Constance M. Coleman of Bangor, and together they had eight children.

Survivors include his children, David T. Flanagan and his wife, Kaye, of Manchester, Terrence W. Flanagan, MD, and his wife, Hope Hilton, of Harpswell, Paula J. Dobrow, RN, and her husband, Richard Dobrow, MD, of Marblehead, Mass., Martha G. Whitener of Long Island, Nora D. Flanagan of Belmont, Peter A. Flanagan, DVM, residing in Baku, Azerbaijan, Lisa E. Flanagan of Portland and Mark N. Flanagan, DO, and his wife, Maggie English-Flanagan, of Winterport; his grandchildren, Liam Flanagan and his wife, Mika, and Patrick Flanagan, Rachel Papantonakis and her husband, Michael, Ethan Dobrow, MD, and his wife, Rebecca, and Luke Dobrow and his partner, Kelsey Shepard, Samuel Whitener and his wife, April, and Zachary (Buoy) Whitener, Daniel Holden and his wife, Iveta, Arista Holden and Thomas McKay, and Rory McKay and his wife, Erika, Loic and Anais Penninck, Atticus, Quilla and Lucian Flanagan-Burt, and Margaret (Moxie) and Augusta Flanagan; also his great-grandchildren, Zoe and Ian Fox Papantonakis, Blyth and Lewis Dobrow, Osa and Io Kingston Shea Dobrow, Cora Whitener, and Nickolas, Adrian and Benjamin Holden. He is survived by his sister, Kathleen McManus and her husband, Reginald P. McManus, MD; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Connie; his parents; and his brothers, Wilfrid, Joseph and Charles; and his sisters, Eileen Baragwanath, Mildred Warren, Helen Lynch and Patricia Flanagan.

He was very grateful for the friendship and help of many, including his neighbors, Steve and Marge DiMillo; the staff at the Southern Maine Dialysis Facility; the Portland Fire Department Engine 3 and especially, his PCA, Chatfar (Pare) Rodney.

He wanted as his epitaph that he loved his family and was proud of their accomplishments.

And his family loved him.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association Hall, 519 Congress Street, Portland, Maine, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Johns Roman Catholic Church, on York St. in Bangor, at 11 a.m. On Wednesday, May 27. With burial to follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite cause in his memory.
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