|Mike Flanagan, probably in his late teens
while living in upstate New York, surrounded
by his foster nieces and nephew.
Today would have been my grandfather’s 87th birthday if he were still living. Michael “Mike” John Flanagan died in 1997, a few months shy of his 70th birthday. Mike was born in Buffalo, New York on May 23, 1927 to Patrick Thomas Flanagan and Sarah Kennedy.
|With his first great-granddaughter.|
Mike was eventually placed with a foster family, but never adopted. He yearned for a family he could call his own.
When he married my grandmother in 1946, they soon took care of that need with 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and (so far) 15 great-grandchildren (most of whom, he never got to know).
Family was the most important thing in Grandpa’s world. He spoiled us rotten with love and affection, and always made us laugh.
I miss him every day. He was the best!