Patrick Flanagan

Patrick Gerald Flanagan

Monday, October 5th, 1931 - Sunday, September 29th, 2019
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It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Patrick Gerald Flanagan, at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the age of 87 years. Dad was born in Medicine Hat on October 5, 1931, to parents, Thomas and Julia Flanagan, the youngest of twelve children. At the age of fifteen, he attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan and played for the Notre Dame Hounds. He was the youngest hockey player in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, at the time. His time at the college would have a lasting impact on his life and he cherished those years. After Notre Dame, he headed east to St. Francis Xavier University and obtained his Bachelor of Education in 1955. Dad had a brief teaching career in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; then headed west to pursue a Law Degree from the University of British Columbia. After graduating in 1962, the family moved to Red Deer, Alberta, where Dad practiced law for over thirty-five years. He was proud of the practice he opened, and when he moved into his own building he chose the name carefully - Park Place – so he could legitimately claim to own one of the most expensive game board properties.

Dad married the love of his life, Catherine Mary (Biddy) Murphy, on August 12, 1961. They raised six children together. Dad loved spending time with friends and family, especially summers at the cabin in Sylvan Lake, family vacations filled with many adventures, Christmas with the Parkers, St. Patrick's Day parties, playing cards, time at the Legion and winters in Arizona. He loved to regale a crowd with his legendary storytelling and his dry, witty sense of humour. Dad was always willing to serenade the crowd with one of his many legendary songs.

Dad was an avid sports fan – he loved to watch most sports and enjoyed playing hockey and golf. He was an exceptional golfer and could humble you quickly in a putting contest. Dad was a member of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club, and its President in 1971. He was also the President of the Alberta Golf Association in 1975. He cheered for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, and Stampeders. He loved his New York Yankees the most!

Dad was very involved in his community and coached the Red Deer Midget Hockey Club during his early years in Red Deer. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and one of the founders of the local Crime Stoppers chapter.

Dad was a devout Catholic. He was strongly influenced by his Notre Dame mentor, Father Athol Murray, and lived his life by the motto, "To him who does what in him lies, God will not deny His grace".

Dad is survived by his six children, Patti, Dawn, Mary, Jamie (Kim), Dan (Judi) and Tim; eleven grandchildren, Tricia (Adam), Mitchell, Kate, Samantha, Meghan, Cassandra, Brady, Spencer (Shayla), Bryn, Quinn and Kenna; and five great grandchildren, Ava, Avery, Victoria, Londyn and Hudson. He was predeceased by Mom on May 27, 2012.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6 McMillan Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with The Reverend Les Drewicki, Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, if desired, Memorial Donations in Patrick’s honour may be made directly to a charity of one’s choosing. Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040 or 1.800.481.7421.
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    Friday, October 4th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, October 4th, 2019 1:00pm
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    6 McMillan Avenue
    RED DEER, AB T4N 5X8
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Joe Clyne

Posted at 01:56pm
Pat has been a dear friend since our first meeting in 1947 at Notre Dame. ---- Many meetings later in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Arizona. ---- All of us have lost a most super positive guy . --- He went straight to heaven. - so long -- Joe Clyne

Beulah Johnston

Posted at 01:15pm
My condolences to the family on the loss of your father. I enjoyed working for him in his and my later years before retiring from his domain "Park Place". He was a gem of a person and will be missed by so many. May your memories of all your happy family times help to sustain you through this sad time. Beulah Johnston

Susan Moffet

Posted at 12:42pm
Dear Patti, Dawn, Mary, Jamie, Danny and Tim,
Please accept Harry and my deepest sympathy. I’m so sorry we cannot be at the funeral today. Your family was so much a part of ours and your mom and dad such a support that I feel like a member of my own family has gone. Your dad was an amazing individual. His sense of humour was legendary, his unshakable faith an inspiration and his general outlook on life impressive. Who can forget “The Preacher and the Bear” or “The Hawaiian Wedding Song”? Both Harry and I remember these with such affection. One small anecdote that you may not know: your mom and dad came to our house for a visit and we had a game of pool. Your mom was Harry’s partner and your dad was mine. The outcome of the game came down to a final shot which unfortunately I had to take. It was an impossible shot for a good player (which I was not) and I was ready to throw in the towel and concede defeat. But your dad pursed his lips in that way that he had and said, “ Susan - you can make this shot. You just need to bank the cue ball off the rail here and etc, etc.” I think I made the shot after his excellent coaching. The story for me was a small incite into who your dad was - someone who never gave up and approached life with enthusiasm. He visited Clint shortly before he died which we all appreciated. Pat’s comment on that day was “ I won’t be far behind you - save a spot for me”. I hope he is reunited with Biddy and you all can find some solace in that.
Love to all,
Susan Moffet (nee Ford)

Susan Moffet Posted at 02:42pm

Make that “insight”.

Tanya Raven

Posted at 12:03pm
It was such a pleasure cooking for your dad , he was the most amazing conversationalist that ever was !! Bless his kind heart 💜

Rob Porkka

Posted at 08:37am
On behalf of the Porkka family please accept our condolences on the passing of your dad. He was a great colleague and golf buddy on my dad. I remember both your parents and my folks enjoying a good party and a good laugh. Once the sadness passes, may the memories of your dad bring a smile.

-Rob Pokka

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