James E. “Jimmy” Flynn

April 5, 1933 - December 17, 2020
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James E. “Jimmy” Flynn (1933-2020) James E. “Jimmy” Flynn, beloved father, grandfather, friend and coach, passed away peacefully of natural causes in the comfort of family on December 17, 2020. A man who cherished his faith and his family, Jimmy was 87. Born one of nine children in Pittsburgh on April 5, 1933, he wasContinue Reading

Catriona Binder-Macleod left a message on May 17, 2021:
Oh, my father loved laughing with your father! So many good times with the Scottish Games, the athletics, the tea barn and then later the bothy. I will miss seeing Jimmy on Main Street and at the UD football and basketball games. You will miss him every day but our lives were all blessed by his sunny outlook and joie de vivre.
Rowena Macleod left a message on January 26, 2021:
We knew Jimmy through his association with the Scottish Games. He will be sorely missed there, as he was a loyal participant for many,many years. I loved running in to him at the Tea Barn. He always had that Irish twinkle in his eye! Jimmy's energy and enthusiasm for life was contagious, right up until the end. He was so proud of his family, all very accomplished and wonderful people. My heart goes out to the entire Flynn family.
Jude Moser left a message on December 31, 2020:
I am going to miss you so much. The football office will not be the same without your visits. I smile when I think of you.. and will think of you often.
Alison Davis left a message on December 30, 2020:
Your father (my Uncle and Godfather) was a natural born story teller and devoted man of God. He loved my mother (sister Jacqui) fiercely and she him. Although our time together was limited, I will remember his warm hugs and big personality. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Edward Cousineau left a message on December 26, 2020:
Dear Tracey, George, George, Katie and Michael ( and all of the Flynn Family), What a wonderful and well written Tribute to Mr. Flynn! May the Love and Care of family, friends strengthen all of you in your healing. With Sincere Sympathies, The Cousineau Family
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
James Cowan left a message on December 24, 2020:
It is with great sadness to hear about Jim's passing. Will miss receiving his Christmas Card with the family picture. He was a great friend and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Bill Taylor left a message on December 24, 2020:
Coach Flynn was a mentor to me. He pulled me off the baseball field at Carpenter Fieldhouse in 1966 telling me he needed another sprinter for his track team. I did as he said and it was one of the smartest decisions I made in my whole life. He was a good man and positive all the time. He was a motivator in person and spirit. I appreciate all he did for me and made me realize I could do for myself. Thanks Coach. Rest In Peace. My thoughts are with the Flynn family.
Charlie Muzzi left a message on December 24, 2020:
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Thinking of the Flynn kids
Mike Cannon left a message on December 23, 2020:
Coach Flynn was such a quality guy. Loved playing for him on the freshman football team and interacting with him at our fraternity functions. What a fun guy and so full of life. Brother Jeff loved coach Flynn and was very good friends and always spoke highly of how great a guy he was. Coach Flynn RIP.

Mike Cannon
Mike Brown left a message on December 22, 2020:
Sad to read abt the passing of a great coach and an even better person.Jimmy was my track at Delaware. He had a great sense of humor. He will be missed.
Dennis LaFazia left a message on December 22, 2020:
Coach Flynn was a decent and fun loving man. I always liked his winning attitude and his drive to always do your best. He was always fair with his athletes, but expected them to strive to succeed as best they can.
May he rest in peace and may God bless him and the family!
Dennis LaFazia
Ed Ginder left a message on December 22, 2020:
He was a wonderful man who l had the pleasure of knowing. Jim worked for me as a summer co-ordinator when l was employee with the New Castle Co. Parks and Recreation Department. He was also instrumental in getting me the position as Chain Crew Supervisor for the UD Football Team. He has been a true friend. I will surely miss him.
Neil Serafenas left a message on December 22, 2020:
I loved Coach Flynn. In a sporting world with a glut of pretenders, Coach Flynn was real. Whatever he said was what he meant, and what he was going to do. He and Coach Pratt, did everything they could to help me be the best that I could be, as we worked for the Conference Championship.
Michele L. Brown left a message on December 22, 2020:
To the Family of Mr. Flynn,
I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Flynn at UDs Twilight Ceremony. He said he liked to watch the ceremony every year and sit near the football players. He also shared with me about his family, his wife and his time at UD...and how much he enjoyed seeing the students. I cherish this memory....quite an extraordinary gentleman!
I am so sorry for your loss. I'm certain he will be be very dearly missed by everyone.
God Bless You All,
Michele L. Brown
Tom Gutshall left a message on December 22, 2020:
Jim was one of the most inspirational leaders competitive athletes I have ever encountered. AND, a great fraternity brother. Well done, Jim. Your life achievements say it all. TG
Suzanne S Thompson left a message on December 22, 2020:
Dear Flynn family,. I had the pleasure of living over Jimmy these last 10 years in the Washington House. We would often talk over the balconies to each other. He was always taking care of his beautiful flowers. I remember several 4th of July times when we watched the UD fireworks from our balconies. He was such a nice man and loved to share family stories. He will be missed. Suzanne Thompson
Doug Bennett left a message on December 22, 2020:
With Coach Flynn's passing, I am reminded of the many games of racquet-ball we shared back in the early '70s. My only defense against his speed and determination was long arms and legs that still left me short against his take-no-prisoners attitude! I will always remember his bright smile, endless energy and sincere love of all things Blue Hen. My sincere condolences to all his friends and family as you mourn your loss.
Heather Sobolewski left a message on December 21, 2020:
Tracy and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Heather (Hagerty) Sobolewski
John Chelucci left a message on December 21, 2020:
Not mentioned was Jimmy's love of Racquetball. Skilled and quick, Jimmy won a lot of local tournaments, and was a fierce competitor.

John Strojny left a message on December 21, 2020:
I am very sorry to hear that my old track coach and business partner has passed away. Coach Flynn had quite an impact on my life and my career. I will always remember him as a fine man and a very positive character!
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Madalyn Schultz Petit left a message on December 21, 2020:
Dear Michael and Melissa, I am sorry to hear of Mr. Flynn’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Madalyn Schultz Petit (former school nurse)
Jim Siemen left a message on December 21, 2020:
Jimmy was one of my favorite people ever. He made all of us laugh, and work hard, as he coached our track team. His strong faith was evident in any conversation, and his love for his family was as strong as I have ever seen. His "kid of the week" policy made sense and I am not at all surprised to hear that he watched every match and performance of his extended family. I always felt warm and appreciated in his presence, and I am grateful he and I crossed paths. I think of his family and the loss they feel, but his faith in God may help assuage the feelings of sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless. Jim Siemen, former track athlete at UD.
Brian J. Strusowski left a message on December 21, 2020:
My deepest sympathies go out to the family. Jimmy was a great coach , family man and personal friend who will be deeply missed. I can remember spending many hours talking Track and Field and listening to his stories. He always treated me with dignity and respect. I will always remember those great times we had together. It was pleasure to call him coach and an honor to call him a friend. He was a true Blue Hen. Our hearts and prayers are with him and his the family at this most difficult time.
Elizabeth George left a message on December 21, 2020:
I looked forward every year to Mr. Flynn’s Sigma Nu holiday luncheon. These guys were so much fun to serve. I know he will be sorely missed.
Eric Sparkes left a message on December 21, 2020:
Mr. Flynn was a great tennis friend of my father Steve. I played baseball with Jack and Jimmy and strung racquets at the Jock Shop with them. Great memories of Jim Flynn!!! My condolences go out to the family. My Dad would've been sad to know of the loss.
Elaine(Trembly) Stape Daws left a message on December 21, 2020:
Jim Flynn was a good man. He and his sweet wife Fran and their 6 children lived across the street from our family. When i was young I had the pleasure of babysitting his children and saw the amazing parenting skills they both had. He was a proud father.
I will miss running in to him and chatting as we had done over the past 50 years or so I had the pleasure to know him. My sincere condolences to the family.
Jonathan rafal left a message on December 21, 2020:
In the years I knew Jimmy he was a valuable volunteer at the Delaware Sports Museum as well as an Inductee in 2009. His story that his size kept him from getting a football scholarship to Notre Dame (like some of his relatives) is memorable for me. Notre Dame's loss became the Blue Hen's and the state of Delaware's benefit. Jon Rafal - Director Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame (2002 - 2012)
Scott Reihm left a message on December 21, 2020:
Was my freshman football coach! Loved the guy, a true blue hen!
Mike Lude left a message on December 21, 2020:
It was a sad day for me to learn of the death of the first high school athlete I recruited for the University of Delaware. Jimmy was recommended to me by my special friend and his Pittsburgh Central Catholic coach Nick Skorich. Jimmy was the start of several Central Catholic student football players that I was fortunate to recruit for the Blue Hens. Jimmy on occasions baby sat Rena and my three daughter. We have stayed in contact with one another since the first day I met him , when he was in High School. God Bless His family and with jimmy's soul in God's Kingdom Coach Jesus is building an outstanding Blue Hen Team. Coach Mike Lude
Cynthia Lude Crose left a message on December 20, 2020:
When a student a UofD, Jimmy was asked by my parents, Mike and Rena Lude, to babysit his daughters. I am the eldest and must have been 5 or 6 at the time. At the time, I asked Jimmy for me to grow up so that I could marry him. He was my first love, other than my dad, of course. My dad, now 98, was the Line Coach for the Blue Hens during Jimmy's years there, and had remained in friendship with Jimmy ever since. Jimmy was one of his football boys and was much beloved! It is sad to say good bye to old friends, but Daddy and Jimmy share the conviction that they will be together in the next life.
carol slowik left a message on December 20, 2020:
Sad day for me as Coach Flynn was one of my favorite people in my life. He was very influential and instrumental in my athletic and coaching life and career. And oh the stories he would tell !! Your spirit and wonderful attitude will be missed coach. Rest in peace.
Bob Behr left a message on December 20, 2020:
It was my honor to know Jimmy and to work with him in the development of track and field.
His contributions to the sport are endless. Bob Behr
Dave Romansky left a message on December 20, 2020:
I had the honor of being inducted into the HOF the same year as Jimmy. He was one of the best and will be missed by so many.
Vicki Rudawsky left a message on December 20, 2020:
What a track and field legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jimmy's family.
William Thomson left a message on December 20, 2020:
A very sad day learning that my old and dear friend has passed. We coached together for time and were good friends for a long time. He was so proud of his kids and always told anyone who would listen about their current exploits, but never talked about himself, and he had plenty to talk about. RIP old friend, Bill Thomson
Bill Records left a message on December 19, 2020:
Jimmy will be sorely missed with his infectious personality! RIP! Bill Records UDFB 1971-1974
Adele Eyman left a message on December 19, 2020:
Uncle Jimmy played a big role for us in Pittsburgh, indulging his little nieces and big sister Patricia. Always full of energy, puns, songs, even later in life when visiting my folks in Naples. Rest In Peace, with love.
Melissa Nevins left a message on December 19, 2020:
My Momma Nancy will be there waiting for you !! You were so special to her Uncle Jim ! Rest now and wslk the streets of gold.... your Niece Missy Baker.
Niece Patrice Henson left a message on December 19, 2020:
Thank you for this beautiful summary of a most beloved godfather and uncle. Uncle Jim was larger than life for me and my sisters, always bearing gifts, tricks, treats, songs, stories and good fun. Even in his eighties he was eager to enjoy every element of life. Sending much love to his family.
Jack Freebery left a message on December 19, 2020:
Jimmy's life and faith have been an inspiration to me and my family for many years. We will miss him dearly! Well done good and faithful servant.
God Bless Jimmy Flynn and his loving family.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Russ Crook left a message on December 19, 2020:
Jimmy was a Blue Hen Legend, and supporter of all things, UD. Among all of his other activities, he was a past president of the Blue Hen Touchdown Club, and an active, enthusiastic atendee at our meetings. Jimmy will be deeply missed. Peace to the family
Jack Ribble III left a message on December 19, 2020:
The Chief is a true legend, a word used too lightly these days. He was known and beloved by so many people. For me, he was just a happy, genuinely kind man with a lot of catch phrases (call me pepperoni, cause I'm on a roll!) and good stories to tell (okay, some of them went on a bit long...). Oh, and a hell of a caroler! I wrote to the Chief a short while ago and reminisced how as a child at the Flynn house, when my friends would come inside from playing to go into the basement, I would always get stuck on the porch with the chief. Of course I wasn't really stuck, I would stay to listen to one of his many stories and hope to soak up some valuable life advice. I won't forget those conversations. The Chief was an awesome person that I am lucky to have known.

Personally, I'm glad my father now has someone else to discuss obscure Pittsburgh JV high school football statistics from 1983.

The Chief will be missed dearly.
Ed Clark left a message on December 18, 2020:
I always enjoyed seeing Coach Flynn when I was back for Delaware football games. I was lucky enough to have Coach as my Freshman football coach in 1971. He was a fine man and a wonderful human being! I am saddened to hear of his passing but my spirits are lifted knowing he lived a charmed life and gave it his all! RIP Coach Flynn!
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