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Harold William "Bill" Flanagan, Jr., 93, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 17, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was married for 61 years to his loving wife, the late Katherine V. (Boland). Bill was born in Haverhill, March 31, 1924, the son of the late Harold Sr. and Dorothy (Roche) Flanagan. He was a lifelong Haverhill resident and attended Haverhill schools graduating from St. James High School in 1941. Bill served honorably in the United Sates Army during WWII attaining the rank of Tek4 Sergeant. He was awarded the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three battle stars, having fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and the American Theatre Campaign ribbon. He was employed as a supervisor with Western Electric for over 34 years before retiring in 1980. Bill enjoyed golfing and was a longtime member of Haverhill Country Club. He was a former senior club champion. He was a lifetime member of the Haverhill VFW, Knights of Columbus and was a devout communicant of Saint John the Baptist Church in Haverhill, Mass.
Bill is survived by his four children, Erin Wrobel of Haverhill, Mass., Patricia D. Alger and husband, Robert of Londonderry, N.H., William G. "Bill" Flanagan and wife, Dr. Cynthia of Friendswood, Texas, and Kathleen E. Hartin and husband, Brian of Brighton, Mass.; five grandchildren, Robert W. Alger and wife, Melissa, Katelyn E. Sassano and husband, James, Michael D. Wrobel, Jennifer A. Hartin, and Meghan E. Flanagan; and four great-grandchildren, Mary Katherine Alger, Julia Alger, Madelyn Sassano and Elizabeth Sassano. He also leaves behind his sister, Dorothy A. Burgess; nieces, nephews and many friends.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, June 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. from Saint James Parish, 185 Winter St., Haverhill, MA, followed by interment in Saint James Cemetery in Haverhill. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.GrondinCarnevale.com.
Published on June 20, 2017
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