Timothy John "Tim" Flanagan, 53, of Spotsylvania, VA, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family and friends on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Tim was born November 29, 1963 in Elkton, MD to the late Clarence Orville and Nancy Jean (Robertson) Flanagan. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Kathleen (Kathy) Coulter Flanagan, and sons, First Lieutenant Timothy John Flanagan II (USMC) and his wife Olivia of Kailua, HI, and Patrick Michael Flanagan of Spotsylvania, VA. In addition, he leaves behind his sisters, Tina Flanagan of MD and Tammy Taylor and her husband Ken Taylor of DE, father-in-law and mother in-law, Donald and Lorraine Coulter of DE, and brothers and sisters in-law: Paul and Linda Coulter of FL, Pat and Margaret Coulter of DE, Karen and Tim Emory of MD, Mark and Maria Coulter of MD, Tom Coulter of MD, and numerous nieces and nephews.
After graduating from The Tome School in North East MD, Tim enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1981, where he honorably served for twenty-eight years. Tim retired as a Master Gunnery Sergeant as the Maintenance Control Chief for HMX-1 in Quantico, VA. Throughout his military career he earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars, the Combat Action Ribbon, and served as a loyal and faithful mentor, friend, and brother. Following his retirement, Tim worked as a government contractor, and for the past year, as an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, providing program analysis and support for Navy Directed Energy projects. Tim gave his time to the community, serving as treasurer on the board of directors for the Spotsylvanians chorus. He was an active member of St. Matthew Catholic Church.
Tim was a kind and gentle soul, with a loving and generous heart, and a willingness to always give to others. He touched the lives of many and formed meaningful relationships with people from all walks of life, having an uncanny ability to reach others in a deep and positive way. His sense of humor and ability to make people laugh was infectious. He had a knack for problem-solving and seemed to find solutions effortlessly. He lived his life to the fullest every day, enjoying even the simplest pleasures, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his wife. Together they raised a loving family, enjoyed traveling, attended Navy football games, and shared a deep commitment to each other.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, September 4 at Covenant Funeral Service, 4801 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 5 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8200 Robert E. Lee Drive, Spotsylvania, VA, and will be officiated by Reverend Paul Eversole. Interment to follow at 1p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Va.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation in support of the National Museum of the Marine Corps (www.marineheritage.org/) or The Spotsylvanians, Inc., P.O. Box 434, Spotsylvania, VA, 22553 (http://www.spotsylvanians.org).
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
Monday September 4th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
St. Matthew Catholic Church
Tuesday September 5th, 2017
8200 Robert E. Lee Drive
Spotsylvania, VA 22551
Quantico National Cemetery
Tuesday September 5th, 2017
18424 Joplin Road
Triangle, VA 22172
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Dear Kathy, my name is Mark Pray, I served in the Marine Corps with Rick Rossen, although you may not remember me, I remember you and Tim , And how gracious you two were when Rick and I would come to your home in North Carolina. I would like to say how sorry I'am to hear of Tim's passing, while reading his obituary, I see he was a very successful Marine , husband, and father. The last part of that sentence husband and father , it's no surprise to me , as what I remember of you too I know your love for each other was there for the long-haul so no surprise to me his success he had in life. In closing I would like to once again extend to you my condolences , May God bless you and your family. So very sad, Mark Pray
Submitted by Mark A. Pray on Sep 6 2017 04:43:04 PM
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Kathy and the Flanagan family,
I attended school with Tim and Kathy at Tome and remember Tim fondly as a very kind person with a great sense of humor. My prayers are that the love of your family and friends will carry you through this difficult time.
Submitted by Dawn Melson Clair on Sep 4 2017 09:10:39 PM
Our respect for Tim goes way back when the Flanagan family came to Quantico. Our thoughts, hearts and prayers go out to you Kathy, TJ and Patrick. Rest in peace Tim you are a man that will never be forgotten.
Submitted by Nick and Darlene Johnson on Sep 4 2017 08:30:39 PM
Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of Tim's passing. I only met Tim a few times but his love for his family, and the USMC, were obvious. Most people spend their entire lives looking for what you and Tim had. You two made it look easy. And wherever Tim was there was always laughter. Know that our hearts are heavy as we think of all you have lost. Hugs and prayers for your family
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