Shrewsbury – Thomas F. Flanigan, 87, of Shrewsbury, formerly of Westborough, passed away Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at home.
Tom Flanigan was born in Milford, son of the late John T. Flanigan and Catherine (Clancy) Flanigan.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Marilyn “Pudgy” (Ridley) Flanigan. He leaves his sons, Thomas F. of Worcester, Gerald and his wife Cheryl of Webster, Gregory and his wife Debbie of Webster, Glenn and his wife Sharon of Westborugh, and Mark and his wife Judy of Shrewsbury, and his daughters, Amy Flanigan-Butts and her husband Mark of Northbridge and Julie Loranger of Shrewsbury. He also leaves his grandchildren, Erin and Marek Barwinski, Patrick and Kristina Flanigan, Jason and Danielle Flanigan, Meaghan Flanigan, Kayla and Dan Smith, Justin Flanigan, Shawn Flanigan, Danielle Flanigan, Lauren Costedio, Jordan Flanigan, Neil Flanigan, Jake Flanigan, Nicole Butts, Jonathan Butts, and Rachelle Ramsey; his great-grandchildren, Ryan Flanigan and Alia Poppy Barwinski; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Jack and his wife Marie Flanigan, and his sisters, Catherine Flanigan, Helen and her husband Don Phillips, Maree Wood, Nan and her husband Jake Curley, and Kathleen Flanigan.
Mr. Flanigan graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Milford in 1948, Wilberham Academy in 1949, and St. Michael’s College in Vermont in 1953. During his school years, he played varsity baseball and football, including two years of Milford Legion baseball. After college, he spent two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Upon discharge, he spent 10 years as a principal in several family businesses that produced a variety of components for the shoe industry. He then spent 25 years working at the U.S. Army Natick R&D Center, retiring in 1992.
He and his family lived in Westborough for 47 years and considered Westboro a wonderful town in which to raise seven children. His family was very much involved in Westborough High School athletics, and he and his wife had great praise for the coaches and teaching staff there. In his younger days, he was active in the K of C and also took great pleasure in being a member of the Westboro Civic Club particularly during Christmas time playing Santa on the tree lot or selling trees. Tom was also a member of the Westborough Country Club where he enjoyed many years playing with the men’s senior group, including the thrill of scoring a hole-in-one.
is family was his greatest pride and joy, he got great pleasure in watching them grow up and expand with spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Tom Flanigan was a warm and loving man who made everyone he met feel special, he will be missed by all.
The Flanigans would like to thank VNA Hospice Care for their excellent and compassionate care provided to our dad/husband.
Calling hours will be Friday, Dec. 8, from 4-8 p.m., at the David A. Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough. A funeral Mass honoring Thomas will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m., in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army at give.salvationarmyusa.org.