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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Jennifer Simmons lit a candle on Sep 3 2017 12:48:24 PM
An amazing man that I am proud to call my Uncle. You will be missed dearly. My heart goes out to my Aunt Kathy Flanagan and my 2 cousins Patrick Flanagan and Timothy Flanagan and many more that were close to my Uncle. I want to thank my Uncle for his service to our Country and for being the man he is. I have great memories with him throughout my years of growing up. What I will miss the most is how much fun he was to be around always happy and joking putting smiles on everyones face. I love you Uncle Tim Flanagan until we meet again may you Rest In Peace and watch over your loved ones 😘
Submitted by Jennifer Simmons on Sep 3 2017 12:46:16 PM
Kathy, I am so sorry to learn of Tims passing. You and your boys have been a pillar of strength throughout this entire journey. I only Met Tim once and that was at the animal shelter in Orange, Va. when he came to help out. He had such an aura about him that I will never forget. What an example of love and commitment you both have been to your boys. You have your own angel watching over you all. Love to you, Kathy George
Submitted by kathy george on Sep 3 2017 09:05:38 AM
I still remember passing through the gates of Camp Lejeune to visit you and Aunt Kathy on our family vacation many times. During my time with you, I learned a lot about the history of our Country. From the birthplace of aviation to walking on a living legendary battleship, you always told us the extra details and information that wasn't written. I witnessed the dedication of you and your Marine brothers to the Flag of The United States of America and the pride you carried in serving. It was instrumental in the path my life would take. You touched everyone you were around in a positive way and you will be deeply missed. I love you, brother. Rest In Peace my friend. Aunt Kathy, TJ, and Patrick, the girls and I hearts are with you. God bless you and may he send supporting Angels your way. Love you all.
Submitted by Shawn Coulter on Sep 2 2017 01:58:49 PM
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GYSgt Mark Wood, USMC, ret. lit a candle on Sep 2 2017 01:27:01 PM
Prayers for you and the boys. I am here for whatever you need. Much love. Hugs.
Submitted by Keith and Mary Lou Bowers on Sep 2 2017 08:41:23 AM
Godspeed Leatherneck! You answered the bell here on earth and will be part of God's Warrrior team guarding the gates of heaven. Semper Fi!
Submitted by Bobby Adkins II on Sep 1 2017 11:48:47 PM
Truly sorry for your loss.
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