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Edward Patrick Flanagan

March 18, 1927July 29, 2021
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Edward Patrick Flanagan

March 18, 1927 - July 29, 2021

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Edward "Ed" Flanagan. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Michael Garron Hospital. Devoted husband to his wife Jean of 69 years, he was the wonderful brother of Eileen Couch (Ted), the late John (Jack) (Ruth), Maurice (Denise) and Frank (Ann). Edward is predeceased by his parents Hazel Kerr and Edward Flanagan. Ed raised and loved his seven children: Marguerite (Glenn), Johann (Paul), Terry (Carol), John (Judy), Barbara (Real), Ralph (Grace) and Robert. Edward loved and was very proud of his 12 grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He will be fondly remembered for his lovely artwork, his chess-playing, his construction and electrical expertise, golf and his love for the Ponderosa. Jean and Ed's 50-acre property near Pontypool were a host to many memorable family gatherings. Edward will be missed by many. We would like to thank the wonderful staff of the Ina Grafton Gage Home who cared so well for him these last few months.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private family service will be held at the Courtice Funeral Chapel 1587 Highway #2, Courtice (905-432-8484). However, friends are asked to join us in celebrating Edwards life on Friday, August 6 10:30 a.m. via the livestream link below:

https://funeraweb.tv/en/diffusions/33890

Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be made by clicking the 'Add a Memory' link below.

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    Friday, August 6, 2021

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Paul Nishikawa

August 15, 2021

Just to touch on John Flanagans reference to my taking dad to play pool....if truth be known, I think he liked his red wine during and after games the most! Although, as Terry and Steven will attest, they played pooled with dad weekly at 70 Galbraith, he would always seek out the best shot, work out the angles, caroms, and where the cue ball should end up after a shot. All the while moving up and down, and around the table....so using his noggin and working his muscles! To me it was the perfect trifecta...dad enjoying his red wine while playing one of his favourite pastimes, getting what subtle, little mental and physical benefits the game had to offer.......and, best of all though.....was spending some quality time with a man I loved and admired! Rest in peace dad!

Judy Flanagan

August 10, 2021

As I lay here tonight, safe and listening to my family gathered around the fire, I hope my children and grandchildren take as many fond memories away as we have taken from the Ponderosa and Galbraith over the years. Dad was the first to to welcome me into the Flanagan fold on the night of our engagement and for that I will be eternally grateful. Rest In Peace Dad; you will be missed but you have earned it.

Marlise Eguchi

August 6, 2021

May the gates of heaven be just as beautiful.

Xoxo

Marlise Eguchi

August 6, 2021

The service today was wonderful. We miss you grandpa.

Matthew Flanagan

August 6, 2021

Grandpa,

Since the news of your passing I have been stuck reminiscing about many different memories of times when we were together. I feel that there are so many little things to look back on and I will cherish those moments forever. You showed me that a simple life is the happiest life, and that filling your days with doing things you love and being around people you love is the most important thing above all.

As I continue on in in this journey, I will always remember the little memories and lessons that I've learned along the way through you. One thing that stands out to me, is to never stop doing something you love to do, even if times get hard, because you never want to lose it.

I remember driving up to the cottage many times with the family or with Mark when he first started driving, playing different games around the cottage, campfires with family throughout the year, getting melted and expired chocolates from your hidden stash, and the vivid photographs and artwork that you created. There really is so much more though.

I look forward to your guidance along the way as I continue through different stages of life, and appreciate everything we have shared so far.

Love,

Matthew

John Michael Flanagan

August 5, 2021

To Aunt Jean with Love
Both you and Uncle Ed were so very important to me especially when I was growing up. I remember your loving kindness and all those hugs you gave me to cheer me up and make me feel like everything was ok and that I was loved by you both.
Love Michael XOXOX

John Michael Flanagan

August 5, 2021

Frank Flanagan

August 5, 2021

To my dear brother Ed. I have fond memories of you when we lived at 15 Mendel Av. I was 10 years younger than you and you and I often walked down Woodbine to swim at Kew Beach….and at Fallingbrook Beach. You often helped me with wiring, at home and at our cottage. I remember going on the Hollinger bus to Galbraith Ave where you were building a house before you and Jean were even married. We had many fun times at your ponderosa. Ed, we love you…..you were one great brother….love, Frank and Ann

Karen Couch

August 5, 2021

Dear Auntie Jean and family, Our family was so lucky to have Uncle Ed in our lives. As a kid growing up in the suburbs of Toronto, how great is was to head to The Ponderosa for a day of swimming in the pond, playing horseshoes, followed by a scavenger hunt in the forest, and climbing in the fort, to be topped off with a giant corn roast. Was 7 dozen cobs our record? I think his love of nature has rubbed off on all of us Couches. I always looked forward to dancing with him at family weddings and special occasions. He really knew how to jive! I like to think that Uncle Ed's spirit is reunited with family and friends who have gone before him and that he is dancing! He will continue to be a great man in my memories. Love Karen

Patti Griffen

August 5, 2021

Dear Jean and my dear loving Flannagan Family,
It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we are having to say our final goodbye to Ed. I am truly blessed to have met him and been welcomed into your families almost 50 years ago. I treasure the many times spent together and am grateful for the wonderful memories we share. Ed was an amazing human being and true gentleman. He will be sincerely missed but never forgotten. May he Rest In Peace and your sad tears soon be replaced with happy tears comforting you all at this most difficult time.
Sincere sympathies and all my love always.
Patti

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Biography

Edward Patrick Flanagan was born in Toronto, Ontario on March 18th, 1927. Forever an east ender, he built his own forever home on Galbraith Avenue, on the other side of the Woodbine bridge. His parents were Edward Flanagan (from Belfast) and Hazel Kerr (from Toronto). He was a beloved brother of, Eileen (Ted), John (Jack) (Ruth), Maurice (Denise) and Frank (Ann).

Edward attended Eastern Commerce High School and later went on to get his licence as a Master Electrician. His career began at Black and MacDonald Electric company and then later became Head Electrician at The Hospital for Sick Children. Later in his career, he founded his own company, Flanagan Electric.

He married his sweetheart Jean Baars on October 25th, 1952, at St. Brigid Church, Toronto. They had a long and wonderful marriage of 69 years. Together they had seven children, Marguerite (Glenn), Johann (Paul), Terry (Carol), John (Judy), Barbara (Real), Ralph (Grace) and Robert. Edward loved and was very proud of his twelve grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

He will be fondly remembered for: his lovely artwork, chess-playing, construction of his own home and cottage, electrical expertise, warm beer (you read that right), golf and love for the ‘Ponderosa’. Jean and Ed's 50-acre property near Pontypool was a host to many memorable family gatherings and delicious corn roasts enjoyed by the entire extended family.

As a father, he gave all his children a chance to grow into wonderful adults. His common sense and practical approach to problem-solving was a strong asset. Especially living in a home with seven sons and daughters – and the many problems that come with the territory. As a pair, Jean and Ed made growing up easy.

Edward was known as a man of few words; however, he had a few sayings that won’t soon be forgotten:

“Time to go to the cottage", "Time for a coffee, Jean", "Water from the well is fine", "Golf anyone?", "There is nothing wrong with the Chesterfield", "Are you ready for chess?”, "Did you try the cream puffs?".

“If you ever have a problem, you can always remember to go with your heart” - Dad did. It won’t steer you wrong.

He also had some simple rules to a happier life we would often like to share: Buy only a brick house, live only east of Yonge Street, buy Pontiacs over Chevrolet, and never buy a Ford, always vote and always vote Liberal, always red wine over white wine, celebrate only at the cottage and never on a long weekend, auctions are the best, if you catch a fish always put it back, have a little black book in your pocket, and always wear a shirt with a front pocket.

His sister Eileen’s heart-felt sentiment might sum up all of our feelings, “Oh Danny Boy, Oh Eddy Boy, the pipes are calling, we love you so”.

Edward will be laid to rest at Pine Hills Cemetery in Scarborough.