EDINBORO — Clare Leslie Flynn passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, on his 87th birthday. Clare was born Aug. 30, 1920, the son of Joseph Cornelius Flynn and Nina Billings Flynn. He was a life-long resident of Edinboro. He married Marie Kardosh Flynn Dec. 26, 1946.

Clare bought and farmed his father’s farm in the 1950s. In the 1970s, he sold a portion of the farm. Today, Edinboro Wal-Mart and Interstate 79 are located there. He loved farming and had a herd of registered Holstein dairy cows. He had the first registered Holstein cow, rated excellent by the American Holstein-Freisian Association, in Erie County. He also worked for the Erie Railroad for nine years, earning his Engineers Key. Clare was a school bus driver for General McLane School District in his later years.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy Merchant Marines aboard convoy ships carrying supplies to the European Theater. He also served in the Occupation Forces in China and Japan. His first ship, the Michael J. Stone, was torpedoed off the coast of Gibraltar, on its way to India.

Clare was a founding member of the National Farmers Organization, having served as a national director as well as Pennsylvania state president for many years. He was a member of the board of trustees for Community National Bank of Albion. He was a member of Edinboro United Methodist Church and served on the board of trustees. Clare was a past noble grand and 50-year member of Odd Fellows Lodge 510 in Edinboro, and a member of Elks Lodge 219 in Meadville, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion in Bradenton, Fla.

Clare and his wife, Marie, spent many happy winters in their Florida home and enjoyed playing golf. Clare was especially proud of hitting a hole-in-one at the Village Green Golf Course in Bradenton. He was member of golf leagues at Holiday Acres, Edinboro and Venango Golf Course.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by a daughter, Gail Stickner and her husband, Jim, of Edinboro; two sons, Dr. Paul Flynn and his wife, Peggyann, of Fairview, and Pat Flynn and his wife, Kristin, of High Falls, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Dean Shepherd and his wife, Jennifer, Shelly Forbes and her husband, Dan, Jason Flynn and his wife, Beth, Chandra Schaub and her husband, Michael, Allison Flynn and her husband, Andrew Bruinsma, and Carrie Powell and her husband, Jason; and four great-grandchildren, Logan, Olivia, Michael and Lloyd. He is also survived by a sister, Marie Fuller of Edinboro; and many nieces, nephews and friends from all over the country.

Clare was preceded in death by a brother, Carl McWilliams; and three sisters, Doris Hovis, Edna Scheidemantel and Elsie Jean Harned.

Clare will be remembered for his pride in his Irish heritage; his ease of making friends; the Irish twinkle in his eyes; and his favorite color, green, especially when seen on his John Deere tractors. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Friends may call Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Glunt Funeral Home, 210 Erie St., Edinboro.

The funeral will be Tuesday at Edinboro United Methodist Church at 1 p.m., with the Rev. H. Randolph Edwards officiating.

Burial will be in Edinboro Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, 125 Meadville St., Edinboro, Pa. 16412; or to Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department, 7455 New Road, Edinboro, Pa. 16412.

To send condolences, please visit www.gluntfuneralhome.com.

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