Obituary: Robert John Flynn
Robert John Flynn, of Darien, died on Feb. 20.
Born on August 6, 1952, to Sally and Robert Flynn, he grew up in Bridgeport. Mr. Flynn graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1970 where he met his wife Roseanne Flynn of 37 years. After high school, Mr. Flynn attended the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London. He held a B.S. degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, after which he served as a Commissioned Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard from 1974-1979. One of his crowning achievements during his service in the Coast Guard was to be selected as Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Cape Strait.
He joined the commercial shipbroker, Mallory, Jones, Lynch, and Associates, in 1979 shortly after the firm's inception, and became a shareholder in 1988, and named partner in 1991. He was serving as the President of MJLF and Associates at the time of his death. He was a member of The American Bureau of Shipping, the Society of Maritime Arbitrators and previously served as the Non-Executive Chairman of Omega Navigation Enterprises. Mr. Flynn was one of the most esteemed members of the international shipping community. He served as president of the Association of Shipbrokers and Agents and was instrumental in establishing the ASBA Tanker Broker Panel in 1993 and served as its’ initial manager.
After he graduated in 1974, Mr. Flynn remained devoted to the U.S. Coast Guard throughout his life. At the time of his death, Mr. Flynn served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Coast Guard Foundation and had been an active member of the board since 2002. Before becoming the chairman, Mr. Flynn served as vice chairman for several years. Mr. Flynn was a familiar face at the Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard, the New York City awards dinner.
Mr. Flynn was a man of many hobbies and talents. His interests ranged from attending the New York Metropolitan Opera, sporting clays, riding his Harley Davidson (especially his recent trip across the country on US 50), years of croquet and a lifelong fascination with fine cars. Mr. Flynn sought out new interests that would bring new experiences and add zest to his life, his family said. He was widely known for his impeccable style and sophistication, his family said.
Mr. Flynn was a Darien resident for 29 years and with his wife Roseanne built a beautiful life, home and circle of friends, his family said. They spent summers at their home in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Mr. Flynn loved listening to New York Yankees games on the radio at Green Hill Beach in RI and hosting gatherings with his family.
Mr. Flynn was a member of the Country Club of Darien, the Union League Club, New York, New York, the Weston Gun Club and the Green Hill Beach Club of Charlestown, Rhode Island.
Mr. Flynn was known for his keen intellect, curiosity, generous spirit, and loyalty to his family and friends. Mr. Flynn approached each of his endeavors with absolute passion. One of Mr. Flynn's most admired qualities was his sharp, witty sense of humor. His love of laughter, pranks and jokes were infectious to all around him, his family said.
Mr. Flynn was predeceased by his wife Roseanne in 2011, and was survived by his daughter Christine Devine and son-in-law Joseph Devine. Mr. Flynn was incredibly happy and proud to become a grandfather with his first grandchild to be born this July. Mr. Flynn was survived by his mother Sally Flynn, brothers Bill Flynn (Sharon Lo-Flynn), David Flynn, Michael Flynn (Tracy) and Brian Flynn (Kerry Foley) as well as many beloved members of the Flynn, Albanesi and Posillico families. Mr. Flynn leaves behind a wide circle of close friends and his companion of the past 2 years Ana Cristina Farqui. Mr. Flynn was also known to adore the family dogs, Sophie and Mia, who were happiest while sitting by Mr. Flynn's side.
Above all, Mr. Flynn's family was the most important part of his life. His greatest joy was raising his daughter Christine with his wife Roseanne, his family said. Mr. Flynn cherished Christine's time rowing for the Brown Women's Crew team and with Roseanne was a passionate supporter of the program and never missed a race. When asked how we wanted to be remembered, Mr. Flynn wanted to be known as a good father. Indeed he was, and without question, he would have been the greatest grandfather, his family said.
Friends may call on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home at 2119 Post Road, Darien. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the morning of Thursday, Feb. 26 at St. Thomas More Church, 374 Middlesex Road, Darien, CT. Memorial donations be made in Mr. Flynn's memory be made to the Coast Guard Foundation: coastguardfoundation.org