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Flynn, George

George J. Flynn, a resident of Dedham, died Friday,November 17, 2017 at his home in Dedham.  He was 76.  George was born in Marlbank, Ontario, Canada, the son of James Francis and Mary Elizabeth (Lawlor) Flynn. George worked as the marketing director for NRJ Bus Company and then as the Executive Director of the SEEM Collaborative.  He enjoyed gardening and barbequing. George was the beloved husband of Valerie Ardi Flynn and the dear father of Paul Flynn, and his wife Amy, of Waterloo, Ontario, Carrie Flynn, and her husband Christopher Poshni of Oakville, Ontario, and Brian A. Shactman, and his wife Katie, of Chicago.  He is also survived by his brothers Terry Flynn of Orleans, Ontario, Edward Flynn of Almonte, Ontario, and his sister Margaret Shorey of Brockville, Ontario.  He was the proud grandfather of Connor, Brendan, Megan, and Lauren.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday at 9:00 am at St. Susanna’s Church, 262 Needham St, Dedham.  Interment will be private.  He was a dedicated teacher and educational leader in creating a more inclusive environment for all children in public schools.  In lieu of flowers donations to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave, Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60661 or at

Guestbook Entries

  1. Paula and Russell Alexander
    November 20th, 2017 | 10:16 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to George and his family at this difficult time.
    Few people leave such a lasting impression as George did, to all that had the pleasure of knowing him. He was in every aspect of the word, a true Gentleman.
    He will be sadly missed.

  2. Frank J. Bianco
    November 20th, 2017 | 10:33 am

    Dear Valerie & Family,
    I just found out of George’s passing & am so sorry that I will be unable to attend the funeral, but want you to know that George will be in my thoughts & prayers tomorrow. He was a true educator & “loyal as a pit bull” advocate to the many young men & women, who marched to very different pedagogical drummers. I personally owe him a great deal, after my own drum beat, lost a few notes many years ago & he helped me and Campus Academy grow & flourish, when many others thought we just banish dis functional H.S. students (and school administrators)from public schools. He was a true man from La Mancha in the 21st. century. I am sure he is riding down the main boulevard of heaven right now waving a hockey stick in the rear of an old limousine, while thousands of angels cheer his arrival and smother him with tossed confetti! Take Care Frank Bianco

  3. Thomas Hashem
    November 20th, 2017 | 11:52 am

    I knew George as the Director of the SEEM Collaborative. A gentleman and professional who always considered the children first whether they were under his care at SEEM or grad students at Cambridge College.

    George was a very caring man and educator. All that knew him respected him and his efforts. He will be missed by many.

  4. Kathy Horrigan
    November 20th, 2017 | 4:28 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. George will be missed.

  5. Dennis Lorento
    November 20th, 2017 | 10:19 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of George. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and his family.

  6. Mary walsh
    November 20th, 2017 | 11:03 pm

    Dear Valerie and family, I am so sorry to hear that George has passed. George did so much for me and SEEM Collaborative. He was a true educator, always fighting for the students. He will be so missed, he was a classy guy! My prayers and thoughts are with you, as I will not be able to attend.

  7. Maria Somersett & Bev Crone
    November 21st, 2017 | 8:44 am

    Dear Valerie and Family,
    We are so saddened to hear of George’s passing.
    The good Lord will embrace him and keep him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    All our love Maria & Bev

  8. Roger Lawler
    November 24th, 2017 | 2:17 pm

    Dear Amy and Paul. I was sorry to learn of Geroge’s death. Although I never met him, I know of his positive legacy with respect to inclusion of Special Needs students in the many educational settings that he worked in and his influence generally on other school systems to include all for he saw all children as the children of God. I will keep George, you and your family in my prayers.

  9. nick roehrig
    November 25th, 2017 | 11:50 am

    I had the pleasure of working with George when he was the Director of Education at the Waterloo District Catholic School Board. He was a very personable man who always treated me in a respectful and professional manner. He was a true visionary and transformational leader. He walked the talk and left an ongoing legacy with our board especially in the area of Special Education and Strategic Planning. My sincerest condolences to all of the members of his family.

  10. Christopher White (Flynn)
    July 9th, 2018 | 4:29 pm

    My condolences to the family of my progenitor.

    If “aunt Mary” (or anyone else who wants to) is able to say hello, please do so. I understand she is a wonderful person who was kind to me as a child. It might be nice if this loss to a related family had have a reunifying outcome.

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