Thomas E. Flynn Obituary

Thomas E.  Flynn
Thomas E. Flynn

November 30, 1950 - March 13, 2019
Born in Brooklyn, New York
Resided in Bridgewater, New Jersey



Thomas E. Flynn

68, was called to eternal rest on March 13, 2019 after battling a 9/11 related cancer for nearly 6 years with his loving wife, Joan, by his side.

Thomas was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was employed as a New York City Police Officer for 30 years, retiring in 1999. He and his wife are parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Church in Martinsville. Tom was a member of the NYPD Emerald Society, Honor Legion and Holy Name Society. During his service on the NYPD he was a member on the NYPD swim team participating in the NYPD Swim Olympics and was known to his friends as “Flipper”. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Tom was also a loyal member of the Elks, the Knights of Columbus, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. After retiring, Tom found the perfect retirement job as a coach for the Jewish Community Center’s Bridgewater Tide Swim Team for nearly 10 years. After his diagnosis, while he was not able to return to coaching “The Tide”, Coach Tom volunteered with the “Rising Tide” special needs swim team at the JCC. In his spare time, prior to his illness, Tom enjoyed swimming, skiing and traveling with his wife, Joan. Tom was offficially the “Most Amazing Mets Fan”, as well as Jets, Rangers and Knicks fan and enjoyed going to games with his friends and family over the years. Tom will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Tom is predeceased by his father Edmond Flynn and survived by his mother Joan McLaughlin Flynn.

Also surviving are his wife of 18 years, Joan Clissold Flynn, six siblings William and his wife Bernadette, Kevin, Eileen and her husband James, Robert and his wife Toby, Kathy and her husband William, James and his wife Barbie, his sister-in-law Patti and her husband Charlie and brother-in-law Artie and his wife Carol, and many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Prayers will be said 9:30am Wednesday, March 20 at Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave, Somerville followed by a 10:30am mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in Martinsville. Entombment will follow at St. Bernard Cemetery in Bridgewater.

Visitation will be 6-9pm Monday, March 18 and 2-4pm and 7-9pm Tuesday, March 19 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the the Elle Foundation,, Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, Attn. The Swim Department, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, or Jewish Family Service, 150 W High St, Somerville, NJ 08876. To send condolenes, visit




Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home
111 North Gaston Avenue
Somerville, NJ US 08876
Monday, March 18, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home
111 North Gaston Avenue
Somerville, NJ US 08876
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Blessed Sacrament Church
1890 Washington Valley Road
Martinsville, NJ US 08836
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
10:30 AM
St. Bernard Cemetery
551 State Route 28
Bridgewater, NJ US 08807
Wednesday, March 20, 2019


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