John (Jack) Ward Flannery


May 4, 1922 – June 3, 2015

After a long and adventurous life (with multiple near-death experiences), Jack boarded his final flight on Celtic Skies June 3. He was born May 4,1922 in Monroe, WI, the son of John and Elizabeth Flannery of Janesville, WI. After graduating from Loras College in Dubuque, IA, he joined the Army during WW II as a radio operator in a tank destroyer (this helped explain his driving). He then courted (stalked) the love of his life, Dilly Smith. They married and began a long love affair traveling many corners of the globe. Jack believed if you simply added the letter “O” to any word it created a universally understood language. This theory did not pan out well when the heavily armed Soviet guards at the Albania border failed to grasp his request to “stampo passportos.” Warning shots were fired without added O’s. He was employed by General Motors for over 30 years while living in Green Bay and Janesville, WI and Darien, IL. After his latest perfect 10 swan dive (form and sustained injuries) from his roof, he and Dilly moved to the great PNW to be closer to sea level. He survived his wife, Dilly, and his daughter, Kate. He is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth and Pattie Erin, and son Michael. He thoroughly enjoyed all the natural beauty and friendly people of Blaine, WA. His family is very grateful to the teams at Whatcom Fire and Rescue for the wonderful “pickup and delivery service” over the last 12 years. Please visit to share memories and condolences.

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