William J. Flanagan, 78 of Rochester died June 10, 2017 peacefully at home after a brief illness.
He was the husband of the late Jeanne L. (DeVirgilio) Flanagan.
Born in Boston, the son of the late Thomas and Madeline (Brack) Flanagan, he lived in Plainville, MA for many years before retiring to Rochester.
Mr. Flanagan was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church.
He was formerly employed as a letter carrier at the Newtonville Post Office for 39 years until his retirement.
Mr. Flanagan was an avid Boston sports fan and he enjoyed walking.
He served in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his 3 sons, William Flanagan, Jr. and his wife Ann Marie of Douglas, MA, Paul Flanagan and his wife Meredith of Plymouth and Tim Flanagan and his wife Kate of Goleta, CA; 2 daughters, Patty Flanagan and her husband Brian Pear of East Haddam, CT and Donna Flanagan Baca and her husband Steve Baca of Mira Loma, CA; a sister, Barbara Spellman and her husband Herbert of Kingston, MA; 10 grandchildren, Brian Flanagan, Sean Flanagan, Lauren Flanagan, Olivia Pear, Ava Pear, Caleb Flanagan, Arianna Flanagan, Erin Flanagan, Nicholas Baca and Caitlin Prario; his dear friend, Susan Todd of Rochester; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late M. Virginia Lane, Thomas W. Flanagan, Jr. and Warren F. Flanagan.
His Funeral will be held on Friday at 10 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church, 282 Vaughan Hill Rd., Rochester at 11 AM. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4-8 PM. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery Cemetery. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.