John M. Flanagan, 73, of Old Tappan, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Beloved husband of Elaine (nee Ratiniere). Devoted father of Michele G. Flanagan of Hong Kong, China and Keith G. Flanagan and his wife Carolyn of LaGrange, IL. Adored grandfather of Carter and Callie. Dear brother of Helen Tomasko and her husband Edward of Bethel, CT.
John held several senior positions in the telecommunications industry, serving as Chief Financial Officer of several companies over his career. He had a calming demeanor, the ability to make people laugh and found humor even in the most challenging situations. More importantly, he will be remembered as a family man, who loved and was devoted to his wife of 51 years, his children and his two granddaughters. To his friends, John was always known as kind, compassionate, generous and a true gentleman. He had a deep Catholic faith and bravely battled cancer until the end.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 AM at St. Pius X RC Church, Old Tappan with entombment to follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah. Visiting hours are Wednesday 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).
Those who wish may make donations to the Old Tappan First Aid Corps or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.