Thomas's Story

BREWER - Thomas H. Flanagan, Jr. husband of Anne (Pettengill) Flanagan, died at the Maine Veterans Home on June 24, 2016. Thomas was born in Bangor on Nov. 26, 1926, the son of Thomas H. Flanagan, Sr. and Clara M. (Veno) Flanagan.

Thomas was a 1944 graduate of Bangor High School. He served with the US Army during WWII in the European Theatre at the Allied Supreme Command Headquarters. He later went on to graduate from Husson College. He went forward to begin his career in banking by working for the Merrill Trust Company in Bangor before beginning his 30 year career with Great Northern Paper Company. These two careers saw Thomas living in Bangor, Millinocket and Stamford, Ct. Although Thomas and his wife Anne brought up their family largely in Millinocket, the last few years of his career were spent in Stamford as the Corporate Manager of Insurance. After his retirement in 1987 Thomas and Anne resettled in Brewer and began to travel the United States in their RV. Thomas belonged to many civic and business organizations throughout his life. He was a member of the Old Town Rotary Club, Millinocket Elks Club, he also served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Self Insurance Guarantee Association. Thomas was on the American Paper Institute Risk Management Sub Committee and he was also a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Association. Thomas was a member of the Pine State Amateur Radio Club and the Maine Troop Greeters. Thomas was also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brewer.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, and, of Brewer, Thomas is survived by his three children, Susan F. Stout and her husband James of Glenburn, Michael P. Flanagan and Toni Oldham of Hollis Center, and Kevin P. Flanagan and his wife Sylvia of Brunswick. He leaves behind 6 grandchildren, Karen Clark and husband Shawn of Hermon, Jeanne Bartlett and husband Roman of Harvard, Ma., Andrea Cutler and husband Ben of Veazie, Ashley Nye and husband Sean USMC, Thomas Flanagan and wife Danielle of Clinton, and Ryan Flanagan and wife Hannah of Topsham, along with 9 great grandchildren; Keeley, Savanna, Landen, Emerson, Cami, Olyvia, Kylie, Jack and Raegan. He also leaves one sister, Joan E. Corbett of Bangor along with niece Jean and nephews Thomas and David. Thomas was predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Pauline Flanagan and Sharon Flanagan, and nephew James Corbett, all of Bangor. He was also predeceased by two grandsons, Aaron J. Marquis, USN and Matthew Flanagan.

Family and friends are invited to a graveside committal and burial service with military honors being held 11:00 AM Friday, July 15, 2016 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Ohio St., Bangor. In memory of Thomas, donations may be made to the Activities Department of the Maine Veterans Home, 44 Hogan Road in Bangor, Maine 04401. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. Messages and memories may be shared with his family at kileyandfoley.com.
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