Paul F. Flanigan

January 28, 1930January 2, 2021

Paul F. Flanigan, age 90, of Swansea, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 2, 2021. He was the husband of the late Marion H. (Hoyt) Flanigan.

Born in Hartford, CT, a son of the late Thomas J. and Margaret (Wheeler) Flanigan, he lived in Boston, MA, and San Diego, California, prior to settling in Swansea almost sixty years ago.

A Veteran of the United States Air Force, he served during the Korean War as a historian. He received his Master’s degree in Classical Languages (summa cum laude) in 1958 from Harvard University. Mr. Flanigan was an educator at Joseph Case High School for 24 years before his retirement. He was the language arts instructor having taught Latin, German, Spanish and Art.

He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church where he previously served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He belonged to the Taunton Rod and Gun Club, the Somerset Sportsman Club, and the Fall River Art Association. An accomplished artist, his paintings had been exhibited annually at the Fall River Historical Society Palette Pictures Exhibition. He enjoyed working with both watercolor and oil paints. He was an excellent gardener and always had fresh tomatoes and asparagus for the table and a colorful display of zinnias.

An avid reader and lover of poetry, he compiled, edited, and illustrated a book of his late wife Marion’s poems titled “The Pale Cast of Thought,” which was published in 2018. A gifted writer himself, Paul translated the complete “Eclogues" of Virgil and numerous odes of Horace, and he staunchly practiced the generous art of personal letter writing to friends and family through to his last days. He always enjoyed the peaceful times spent with his wife Marion reading, sketching, and fishing.

He is survived by two daughters, Martha B. Flanigan of Swansea, Ruth J. Flanigan and her husband William C. Gucfa of Rehoboth; one son, Thomas G. Flanigan and his wife Katherine E. Kickel of Hamilton, OH, and two grandchildren, Lily H. Gucfa and Colin P. Flanigan. He was the brother of the late Thomas W. and Richard J. Flanigan. He was the father-in-law of the late Maurice P. Durette, Jr.

Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, his funeral service will be private. Contributions in his honor may be made to the Fall River Historical Society, 451 Rock St., Fall River, MA 02720.


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Kathleen Friar

January 18, 2021

I share in your mourning of the passing of "Mr. Flanigan" who was my Latin teacher for 4 years. He was such a learned teacher; I never tired of going into Latin classes, it was more like a history class of the ancient Romans and society. In fact, if not for his dedication and love of the subject, many of us would not have had the opportunities of going with our Latin club to the Boston Museum of Art and, for me, my favorite place: attending a play about Julius Caesar at the Globe theater replica in CT. So my tribute is to Mr. Flanigan: thank you so much for enriching my education!
Kathleen (Curtis) Friar, class of 1967, Joseph Case High School

Carol Gafford

January 16, 2021

Dear Ruth. I was so saddened to hear of the passing of your father. He was such a dear man and I always looked forward to seeing him at the library. The first thing I thought of was he is back with his beloved wife. They were one of the cutest couples that graced our presence. Know that I am thinking of you and will miss your parents forever.

Father Peter Batts, O.P.

January 12, 2021

Paul was a very kind and gentle man who warmly welcomed me when I began ministering at St. Francis Church nearly 15 years ago. He never failed to greet me graciously after Mass, often engaging in a short chat that I always found uplifting. It was obvious to me that he loved our church , enjoyed being part of the faith community there, and was deeply appreciative of the ministry of us priests at St. Francis. May Paul be happy forever with his God and and his beloved wife!

Manny and Pauline Miranda

January 11, 2021

Martha and family
we are so sorry for your lost Mr Flanigan was such a sweet man he will be missed by many we meet him thru church he always had a smile that would brighten your day

Ed Durand

January 11, 2021

It is with great personal sadness to read of the passing of one of the most beautiful man I ever had the pleasure to know and call friend.

Paul Flanigan, a Renaissance man, a compassionate man, a soft spoken and inspirational man, has joined the love of his life, Marion. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Paul Flanigan was all the better for that experience.

He brought light into every room he entered. My reflections on the Flanigans are all wonderful. Two his family, my heart-felt sympathy. Paul and Marion are the closest people I know who came close to living the perfect life of goodness, caring and love. Godspeed Paul Flanigan. Your journey was beautiful and you made me a better person.

James Rogers

January 9, 2021

For many years, I was fortunate to share conversations with Paul and my good friend, his wife, Marion.He was a vry personable man. My condolences to their family.
Jim Rogers
Fall River, MA

Barbara Raposa Leonard

January 8, 2021

Have so many great memories of Mr. and Mrs. Flanigan when I spent time with Ruth . The many plants and art projects and the backyard “observatory “that Mr. Flanigan built , as well as the opportunities for many experiences shared.

My heartfelt sympathies to the family.

Nicolene Emerson Emerson

January 7, 2021

Paul is the father-in-law of the daughter of a dear friend of mine. Over the years, through infrequent visits, I have had the opportunity to meet Paul and spend some time with him. In all this time, he was always kind and generous, a real gentle man who loved his family dearly and was loved dearly in return. He will be missed but he has left a legacy of a beautiful and supportive family of whom anyone would be extremely proud.
Nicolene Caronite Emerson

Rupert Emerson

January 6, 2021

Tom and Kate,

Nickie and I offer our condolences. Nickie had met Paul in his home before and she had a high regard for him. I hope in time your Colin will learn what a wonderful man his grandfather was,

Love, Nicke and Rupert Emerson

Steve Hyland

January 6, 2021

Tom, I’m sorry to read of your Dad’s passing. Just this week Lin and I were watching “Queen’s Gambit” and I mentioned your Dad had pulled the Chess Club together to give us all a place to play. He was a kind and gentle soul. I thank you both for the memories from nearly 50 years ago..... Steve Hyland