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Richard J."Dick" Flannigan
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  • Melrose High School Permanant Scholarship Fund
    P. O. Box 760695
    Richard J. Flannigan Fund
    Melrose, MA 02176

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“We were all so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a true gentleman and his kind spirit and smile will be missed! Keeping you all in our...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Tim Murphy - Wakefield, MA

“So many were the beneficiary of so many "good deeds' by Dick. His daughter Barbara. was a bridesmaid at our daughter's wedding. People like Dick, no...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: armolld koch - Melrose, MA

“Joanne & BarbaraSad to hear that your dad passed. He was always a gracious thoughtful and a gentleman in the highest regard. We was a great sounding...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Sonny Atienza - San Jose, CA

“Dear Flanagan Family, I would like to offer you my sincere sympathy on your loss. Your Dad was a fine person and a true gentleman. Respectfully, Mrs...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“A friend for only 5 years...who shared a life time of stories!!! Youhis family were so lucky to have him for soma you goooood years. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Allen Nissenbaum - Gloucester, MA

“Joanne and Family- we've never met, but I have been a neighbor of your father for the past 7 years. We met during my first month as a Melrose...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Misty Sutton - Melrose, MA

“My condolences to the family. On the loss of your loved one.dick was a great man and I enjoyed many happy times with them both. Janet wanskermermq ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Janet Wansker - Claremont, NH

“My sincere condolences to the Murphy and Cotton Families. Mr. Flanagan was one of the nicest men I met when I first moved to Melrose. Always a...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Connie OConnor - Melrose, MA

“Dear Flannigan Family,I was so saddened to hear of the loss of my long-time friend and business colleague .We went all the way back to 1972 at State...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Walter Zagrobski - IPSWICH, MA

“Very sorry to hear about Mr. Flannigan's passing and my condolences to his family. I remember him as the consumate gentleman when I worked at the...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Patrick O'Leary - Port Charlotte, FL

“I would like to offer my sympathy and prayers to Dick's family. My short relationship with him playing golf at Bellevue was a wonderful experience...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Bob Varney - melrose, MA - Friend

“The very model of a gentleman, "Dick" was gracious to a fault, always in control, a true friend and a family man, whose friends from...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Ted Craft - Melrose, MA - friend

“I'm am very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed talking with Mr Flannigan at Melrose Station. Every time I would visit my Grandparents I made a point to...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Christopher O'Leary - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Richard Johnson Flannigan, of Melrose, Massachusetts. Passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by cherished wife Elizabeth Lucy (Galley) with whom he shared 59 years of marriage, until her death in 2014. Devoted Father of Joanne Cotton and her husband Daniel Cotton. Beloved grandfather of Michael Murphy, Maxwell Cotton, and Madison Cotton. Father and grandfather to Barbara Murphy and Kaitlyn Murphy. Born in 1927 and lifelong resident of Melrose. In 1945 Richard left Melrose High School to enlist in the Navy where he proudly served his country during World War II in Guam. Attended a secondary education program at Burdett School of Business. Employed by State Street Bank and Trust Company as a Senior Trust Officer for 42 years. After retirement, Richard worked at MassBank in the same capacity. Longest standing proud member of Bellevue Golf Club where he served as President and had a hole-in-one. A well-known philanthropist, his many charitable affiliations include The Melrose High School Permanent Scholarship Fund, which he was an original and founding member, he served as a Trustee on the Board of the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, and Lowell Visiting Nurses Association. With his wife, Richard created a free program to teach local children to ski at Mt. Hood Golf Course in Melrose, as well as established a ski and skate swap for children to obtain equipment. Richard was an avid skier. He served on the ski patrol at Mount Washington. He was on the Massa-Schussers ski team where he met his beloved wife. Cherished memories include numerous summers on Wingaersheek beach in Gloucester, MA, traveling with his wife and family. Family and friends are invited to gather in honor of Richard's life during visiting hours at Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St. Melrose, MA on Wednesday, September 4 from ... READ MORE →