December 7, 1931 ~ August 30, 2017
Asheville, North Carolina
Alan F. Flynn Jr. of Asheville, NC passed away on August 30, 2017, with complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his wife, Emi Flynn, with whom he traveled the world until Parkinson’s brought travel to an end. Alan is also survived by his son, Alan F. Flynn III, and wife, Jill Flynn, of Charlotte, N.C.; and daughter, Sarah Akemi Flynn, and husband, Dr. Hien Do, of San Jose, CA. Alan was proud of his five grandchildren: Jessica, Lindsay and Matthew Flynn; Meiko and Koji Flynn-Do. He was predeceased by his sister, Jane Blackmer Chance, and parents, Alan and Helen Flynn. On his maternal side, Alan was descended from several pilgrims aboard the Mayflower.
After boarding school at The Governor’s Academy, Byfield, MA, Alan graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Captain of the varsity soccer team. He earned his master’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He also studied at the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center and the International Christian University in Tokyo.
In 1954, he joined the United States Marine Corps and retired as 1st Lieutenant in 1958. In the 1960s, Alan taught at the Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan where he met his wife and their children were born. Alan and Emi were married for 53 years.
Alan taught Japanese history and was Head of Kingswood-Oxford Middle School in West Hartford, CT. From 1975 to 1991, Alan was Headmaster of Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, RI. Nine years after his retirement The Alan F. Flynn Jr. Academic Center was built and dedicated in his honor. Also, Alan served as Headmaster of St. Michael’s School Country Day School in Newport RI, from 1992 to 1998.
Alan was a member of Rotary Clubs of East Greenwich and Newport, RI. He served as president of the East Greenwich Rotary Club and was recognized with 7 Paul Harris Fellowships. He was a charter member of a special Rotary group, with members from Rotary Clubs in RI, MA, Asia and Europe, dedicated to bringing clean water, health, and literacy to Cambodia. Alan visited the Children’s Hospital in Seam Reap, Cambodia founded to help children from rural villages with diseases and illnesses caused by polluted water.
Among Alan’s passions was traveling in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and throughout Asia, South America, Australia and Africa. Alan loved the ocean and spent as much time as possible on Martha’s Vineyard at the family cottage built by his parents. His children and grandchildren continue to enjoy the island every summer.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of his life at the St Giles Chapel, at Deerfield Retirement Community on Sept 4 at 10 a.m. Donations in Alan’s name may be made to: First Congregational UCC, Homeless Ministries, P.O. Box 3211, Asheville, NC, 28801 or St. Giles Memorial Garden, 1617 Hendersonville Rd. Asheville NC 28803.
A memorial service in Rhode Island is planned at a later date to be determined.
Dear Emi, Sarah, Alan, and family….It is with deep respect and a sad heart that I send my sincere sympathy on the loss of your beloved husband, father, and grandfather. I am forever grateful to Alan for hiring me in 1979 at Rocky Hill School. He gave me my adult life with my career, my children’s educations, and life long friends. I will never forget Alan…his leadership, wisdom, and friendship. May he Rest In Peace. With love and respect…Donna Goldstein
My condolences to you all. I hold Mr. Flynn in the highest regard. This man of wisdom, humble sincerely, and moral strength was more than just my Japanese History teacher, he was an advisor and confidant. Always with a kind word and trusted guidance, his affable nature was a blessing to me during my years at RHS. Requiescat in Pace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We wanted so badly to come down and visit you in North Carolina this summer, but are thankful we could see you both 2 summers ago on Martha’s Vineyard. Al had a tough time with Parkinson’s and having gone through a similar illness with my mother, I know how difficult that is. Wish we could have been physically closer to lend support. Please know that thoughts of our times together are with us and that they are dear. Hopefully we will be able to find out about the memorial service planned for Rhode Island. Hugs and please know we are here for you Emi.
We are so sorry for your lost. He was such a pleasure to do business with. He was a friend to us.
my favorite teacher in high school as much for his persona as his intellect and teaching; motivated me to excel as a student and teacher, retiring on the day of his passing from forty six years teaching, including returning to japan for eight years. Emi we love you as we loved him
Mr. Flynn was an exceptional man. He was instrumental in helping me be a part of the wonderful Rocky Hill community. He will be greatly missed by so many people. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family !
Our sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of Alan.
The short time we were neighbors in North Kingstown, before you relocated to Ashville to better serve Alan’s health care, both of us felt we became good friends as well as neighbors. I so enjoyed speaking with Alan about his beloved PC Friars Basketball Team and noting that we both held season tickets in the same general area.
In reading his obituary we never realized the successful educational, teaching, military and leadership positions he accomplished. As to the both of us Alan always seemed like the regular guy next door that everyone loved, never noting all his accomplishments in life. The important thing to Alan was always his family and friends..
He will be missed by all.
Again our deepest sympathies.
Joe & Eileen Rainone
North Kingstown RI
Emi, Alan, Kemi – My heartfelt condolences to you all and to your families for your loss. What a wonderful man and great human being he was! I will always have fond memories of Al both at CA and at Rocky Hill where our families all spent such good times together! The earth has lost a gracious servant. May he rest in peace.
My sincere condolences to his family and friends.