WARREN – William Flynn Jr., 87, died Saturday, June 18, 2022 at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.
Bill was born on December 10, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of William Flynn Sr. and Rose Rossillo Flynn.
He was proud of his Irish-Italian upbringing in South Philadelphia. Bill’s family moved to Natrona, Pennsylvania after World War II. During the Korean War, while attending St. Vincent College, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany. While there, he got his first taste of life in Europe. Upon returning to the United States, he enrolled at Youngstown College for engineering and joined Alpha Phi Delta fraternity. While in college, he married his high school girlfriend, Anne Sebak.
In 1963 he was hired by Packard Electric as an engineer and the family moved to Warren. Bill would work in many different capacities at Packard and also made many lifelong friends. Bill, Anne and their family were a staple of the Northeast Warren neighborhood, where neighborhood children were welcomed as their own – which would become a theme throughout Bill’s life.
He had so many hobbies and things he loved to do – hunting, sailing, winemaking, tennis and his MG – and with each came a whole group of good friends, and he enjoyed all of their company. He was a gifted but humble artist. He spent many summers at Mosquito Lake, boating at the Cortland Conservation Club and enjoying the jokes of the Panera crew. He could be seen riding around in his MG with Elmo on horseback “shotgun.”
Nothing meant more to him than spending time with his friends and family. Unfortunately, Anne would pass in 1996 and Bill would later retire from Packard. A few years later, Bill would regain his energy by marrying Arlene McNicholas Boyle, and Bill would welcome her children as his own. The two would spend many summers enjoying the Poconos at his cabin on Long Lake.
Bill leaves to perpetuate his memory his brother, Robert Flynn of Centreville, Va.; one son, William Flynn III (Mariella Fraijia) of Warren; one daughter, Tara Breuer (Herm) of Warren; stepchildren, Jennifer Beck (Frank) of Poland, Jacqueline Boyle (Tim Lanza) of Columbus, Terri Boyle of Calabash, NC, John Boyle (Patty) of Springfield, NJ, and Arlene Ferraro (Todd) of Bradfordwoods, Pennsylvania; granddaughters, Bailey Breuer and Emily Breuer; and her step-grandchildren, Simone Boyle, Sophia Lanza, Lauren Hinkle, Tim Beck, Tom Beck, Elizabeth Criscione, Christopher Boyle, Tavish Boyle, Blair Boyle, Cagney Boyle, Dillon Grace Ferraro, Chase Ferraro and Jack Ferraro; and three great-grandchildren; and several in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Through research, it was determined that Bill was the “The greatest grandfather of all time;” this was verified as he had a T-shirt and a coffee mug.
His parents predeceased him; one sister, Geraldine Flynn; his wife Anne; and his second wife, Arlene.
Although he enjoyed the company of his friends and family, he did not want them “to agitate” above him. Respecting her wishes, there will be no call hours.
Close friends and family will gather at Mosquito Lake and Long Lake to remember the life of a great man, son, brother, father, Pop Pop and friend. Bill would like to know that you raised your glass to him once more, C’in C’in, Prost, Nostrovia, Slainte, Cheers!
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to the Cortland Conservation Club, PO Box 99, Cortland, OH 44410.
Family and friends can visit www.peterrossiand
sonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send your condolences to Bill’s family.