Peter J. Flynn, 81, of Barnegat, NJ, formerly of Ridgefield Park, NJ, passed peacefully at home on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Born in Moylough, County Galway, Ireland, to his late parents, Thomas and Elizabeth (Moran) Flynn, he was a loving husband to his beloved wife of 56 years, Eileen, and father to his four children, Maura, Peter (deceased), Patricia and Thomas. Also surviving is his son-in-law, Willis; his two daughters-in-law, Ashley and Cheryl; eleven cherished grandchildren, Annmarie, Elizabeth, Caitlin, Felicia, Meghan, Rori, Rylie, Emily, Katie, Palmer and Amelie; three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Nate and Savannah; his brother, Eugene and four sisters, Noeline, Patricia, Mary and Joan. He is pre-deceased by his two brothers, Cyril and Baby Gerald and two sisters, Bernie and Pauline. Peter immigrated to the United States in 1958. Shortly after arrival, he enlisted in the United States Army and gratefully served his newly adopted country for 6 years. He was a Storied Irish Football player, both in Ireland as well as the U.S. where he made his name on the pitch of Gaelic Park, in the Bronx, NY. He was named to several All-Star teams, traveling abroad to play in world renowned venues such as Croke Park in Dublin, and Wembley Stadium in London. An avid handball player, you could find him every Saturday & Sunday playing, with the same group of friends, on the very courts he was instrumental in having erected, in his adopted town of Ridgefield Park for decades. A loyal employee to Arnold Bernhard & Co/Value Line Investment Survey, he started with the company during its humble beginnings on the East Side of Manhattan, as one of its first employees. He retired in 2015 after more than 50 years with the firm. A devoted & active member of the Knights of Columbus, Council No 2229, Ridgefield Park, NJ, he not only donated his time & energy, but made lasting friendships and shared laughs, with people that would endure for years. Peter was a Parishioner & supporter of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Ridgefield Park for over 35 years. He was a friend to those less fortunate, often expressing discreet & silent acts of kindness. A man of few words, he led by example and had a way of saying a lot by saying very little, or often nothing at all.
“Dheis De go raibh a anam dilis” (May his body rest in peace.)
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request direct donations to the:
Colorectal Cancer Alliance - https://impact.ccalliance.org/give/266249/#!/donation/checkout
Knights of Columbus, Council 2229, Ridgefield Park, NJ -
Viewing Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 3 to 5 PM at Barnegat Funeral Home, 841 West Bay Ave., Barnegat, NJ with a Mass of Christian Burial to be held 4 PM on Zoom for relatives and friends. (www.BarnegatFH.com)
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