LEWISTON — Brian George Flynn Sr., 74, of Auburn passed into eternal life on Tuesday, April 27, at Central Maine Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 24, 1935, in Lewiston, to Lawrence J. and Katherine (McIlroy) Flynn as one of five brothers, Lawrence Jr., Robert, (Brian), James and Thomas. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1953, as an athlete of note, and went on to become an accomplished baseball and football player at Bates College.
He also participated in music and theater. Among his highest achievements at Bates, he was a member of the 1956 Football State Series Championship team, and earned All State honors as an offensive and defensive end.
After graduating from Bates in 1957, he served in the Marine Corps, and on April 18, 1959, he married Jeanne M. Gladu at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
He then entered into a career in education. He taught high school English and coached multiple sports at, Rockland, Thornton Academy, Bellows Falls (Vt.), Rumford and Westbrook. For 14 years, he took particular pride in his duties as head football coach at these institutions.
During his tenure at Westbrook, he earned his masters degree at the University of Maine, Orono, and soon after became the principal of Telstar Regional High School. While at Telstar, he launched model programs which received national recognition.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he and Jeanne raised five children and sponsored their interests and ambitions. He passed on his love for education, sports, music, the arts, the coast of Maine and gardening to his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by wife, Jeanne G. Flynn of Auburn; son, Brian G. Flynn Jr. and wife, Beth, of Auburn; daughters, Kelli Flynn Aitken of Auburn, Kara L. Pidgeon and husband, Tim, of York, Michele F. Lever and husband, Scott, of Auburn and Amy F. Boucher and husband, Stephen, of West Hartford, Conn.; and 13 grandchildren.