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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One of the earliest memories I have is of the family kids and adults racing in the field at the horse farm. I thought I was fast but couldn't beat the older kids. You beat everybody. Then I "beat" you. That was the way you were. Your sense of humor was the best and I admired your Service dedication. I am grateful to have had you in my life. Rest easy. Aunty Kathy, TJ, and Patrick, my heart goes out to you.
Submitted by Stephanie Klair on Sep 1 2017 09:21:50 PM
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Nancy davis lit a candle on Sep 1 2017 08:33:42 PM
All of us at butternutandbluebistro have heavy hearts for you and your family.
You have all my prayers and hugs. May God truly comfort you in this the sad time yet happy knowing he is with his Heavenly Father. Love you, Nancy
Submitted by Nancy Davis on Sep 1 2017 08:32:57 PM
Kathy, our hearts are breaking for you and your family. Your love for one another was exemplary.
Submitted by Lynne and Jim Guilfoyle on Sep 1 2017 07:58:13 PM
RIP my brother.you are one of the finest Marines I have had the pleasure of serving with. Semper Fi
Submitted by Dennis Swanson on Sep 1 2017 07:23:57 PM
Thank you Tim for your sense of humor and always knowing how to make us laugh! Hugs, love and prayers Kathy!!!!!
Submitted by Carina Fuselier on Sep 1 2017 06:48:58 PM
To The Flanagan family my sincere condolences to your family I served with Tim in the early 80's in Jacksonville NC MCAS NewRiver HMLA 269 what I remember most is his hearty laugh he really loved a good one. He is a Marine Corps Brother a Band Of Brothers forever you are not alone we share this time with you GOD BLESS and to TIM SEMPER FIDELIS BROTHER (ALWAYS FAITHFUL)
Submitted by Donald Newsome on Sep 1 2017 06:46:14 PM
Kathy, TJ, And Patrick, prayers are continuing for your peace and comfort during this sad time. It was always more fun when Tim joined our social times with Burrows, or stopped by the teachers lounge. We could always count on him for a belly laugh.
Submitted by Sheri Campbell on Sep 1 2017 06:08:50 PM
Kathy, TJ, and Patrick- my thoughts and prayers are with at this most difficult time.
Submitted by Nora Alman on Sep 1 2017 05:19:21 PM
Miss you brother One of the finest Marines I have served with
Submitted by Christopher Collins on Sep 1 2017 04:58:52 PM
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