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Richard Flanagan
  • September 21, 1947
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  • March 16, 2013

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Richard Bartholomew Flanagan, age 65, of New Smyrna Beach passed away at home, surrounded by family, on March 16, 2013 after battling cancer.  Rick was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts.  He owned his family's business, "The Bart Tribuna Seafood Company".   He retired to New Smyrna Beach in 1990 where he owned and operated The Beach Hut concession stand for over 10 years. He was an avid fan of all the New England sports teams. He enjoyed cooking, working in his yard and meeting his friends for a beer after a long day.  He had a great sense of humor and loved spending time with his family.   He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Cheryl.  He is also survived by his six children, Richard (Teresa), Tracy (Robert), Seana (Bryan), Jessica, Pamela (Robert), and Paula (Albert); brothers, Kevin and Michael and other extended family including his aunts, Joyce and Marion. He had another son, William, who preceded him in death. He has 15 grandchildren.  Molly, 15; Camryn, 12; Brendan, 11; Adalynn, 5; Keith, 3, Olivia, 3; Blair, 1;  Mason, 1; Emmet, 7 months; Taylor, 11; Kaytlyn, 8; Arielle, 7; Taylor, 12; Mysteri, 10; Braden, 7.   In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please send donations to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler.   Everyone on their staff provided the most amazing care and support for our family. Life Celebration will be held 5:00 PM Wednesday, March 20 at Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place 1 North Causeway New Smyrna Beach FL 32169.   

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  1. 16 Aug 2013
    Pam says:
    Where has the past 5 months gone? Without you here it's all such a blur. I miss your sweet smile, I miss your tight bear hugs and whisker kisses I miss your meatballs, I miss your not for nothin's I miss your jokes and one liners I miss you ordering Chinese food I miss you playing withy babies I miss your amazing breakfasts I miss you singing your Rock and roll with your rockstar voice, I miss the sound of your
    Cane on the tile floor, I miss stealing your hair brush I miss seeing my kids snuggle in bed with you and Bella :( I miss everything about you.. I love you dad. it was 5 months today and I'm still unable to accept it :(

  2. 17 Jul 2013
    Pammy says:
    I miss you so much daddy... When will this pain stop:( I read this poem at your
    Memorial service and its still exactly how I feel nothing has changed the pain is sometimes unbearable... I wish you were here to hug...

    You never said “I’m leaving”
    You never said “goodbye”
    You were gone before I knew it,
    And only God knows why.

    There are no words to tell you
    Just what I feel inside
    The shock, the hurt, the anger
    Might gradually subside

    A million times I’ll need you
    A million times I’ll cry
    If Love alone could have saved you
    You never would have died

    In Life I loved you dearly
    In death I love you still
    In my heart you hold a place
    That no one could ever fill

    It broke my heart to lose you
    But you didn’t go alone
    For part of me went with you
    The day God took you home

    Things will never be the same
    And all though it hurts so bad
    I will smile whenever I hear your name
    I'm so lucky you were my Dad.

  3. 16 Jun 2013
    Pammy says:
    Happy Father's Day daddy! I miss you so much every day! I wish more than anything that you could be here. Today is not only Father's Day but also marks 3 months since you passed away :( Thank you for being such a great father to me and papa to my babies! That talk about you all the time. I will make sure they always know how wonderful their papa was and how much you loved them! I'll love you forever! I wish heaven had visiting hours! XOXO

  4. 16 May 2013
    Gigi says:
    Where ever you are, I hope It's as beautiful as today was in New Smyrna. It's been 2 months to the day since I lost you. I think of you all the time and I'm sure this will never end. I'm also sure that you know what I'm thinking and feeling daily. I find myself asking, what would you do?
    I love you, Rick

  5. 03 May 2013
    Gigi says:
    Bad last couple of days, Rick. I find myself asking you questions. Then I realize you're not able to help me. Poopie, Albert and I took Captain to the Vets to be put to sleep yesterday at 4:30. If he's up there with you, feed him all the hot-dogs and treats he wants. I know how much you loved him. You were always an animal person. He had cancer the the tumor in his lung had doubled in size and he hadn't eaten in 3 days. Poopie is devistated and my heart is broken because of your leaving and now it hurts more. All my love, Gigi
    Update to come in a few days.

  6. 16 Apr 2013
    PF says:
    It's been a month, daddy, and still I'm numb... I was awake all night tearing up and playing your last night with us in my head... Today has been really hard... When will it start getting easier? I'm starting to think it never will :( I miss you more then you know dad. I love you. I wish I had one more day. 31 years wasn't long enough :(

  7. 16 Apr 2013
    Cheryl Flanagan says:
    Rick, They say, "Time heals all wounds". You've been gone one month, today. When does the time start? Can't stop thinking of you every day and my wounds seem as deep as the day you left. Love, Sherri

  8. 14 Apr 2013
    Brenda says:
    Heirloom tomatoes have some crazy names like cream sauasge, pineapple, costoluve genovese, micado violetor, red pear, red strawberry, etc. Makes growing them even more fun!

  9. 31 Mar 2013
    Pam says:
    Happy Easter daddy! I hope you and uncle Michael found eachother again up in heaven... Take care of eachother up there and watch over us down here.. What I would give for one more day with you :( I miss you so much.. Love you!
    XO Pammy

  10. 27 Mar 2013
    Cheryl L. Flanagan says:
    Mr. Bickerson (Rick), you were my best friend and my rock. When thing's went wrong, you would allways tell me, "It's gonna be fine, don't worry." I miss you not greeting me each and every day with my coffee ready. The perch is vacant and will never be sat on by a better guy. When I wake, all I hear is silence. You've left a massive void in my heart and life. The 3 ladies (me, Bella and Sophie) miss you very much. I LOVE YOU, RICK.
    Mrs. Bickerson (you wife, better known to you as Sherri.)

  11. 27 Mar 2013
    PAUL DARCY says:
    TO THE FLANAGAN FAMILY
    RICK WAS THE GREATEST GUY IN THE WORLD
    AND TRULY A GREAT FRIEND. HE WILL BE MISSED

  12. 20 Mar 2013
    Eric Robinson says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this tough time.

    -Eric

  13. 20 Mar 2013
    Bobby Jasmin says:
    Rick, ( Mr Flanagan as I called him),was a very generous man. He was my first boss, taught me a great deal. Fond memories driving to work early mornings with him & Rick JR (little Ricky) during our summer break. He always made me feel as if I was family. You will be missed, MY condolences to Cherry, Rick, Tracy, Seana, Jessie,Pammy, Paula

  14. 20 Mar 2013
    Chris Blais says:
    My cousin, Rick, has the kindest eyes. I remember him as big, gruff and imposing. I lived with Rick and Sherry for a handful of years, though it would be more accurate to say that they took me in at a time when I was very lost. Rick gave me a job at the beach hut and he and Sherry did what they could to help me get on my feet.Over the past year I've been exploring my inner Being, the true light in me that, when it connects with others, is the greatest feeling ever. The feeling of being present. Above all of Rick's gruffness, his pained body, that I recall limping around while closing the beach hut, and his imposing stature, I remember his kind eyes most of all. Windows to his Being inside. A Being that wanted the best for every person that he knew. I watched as his eyes would shine while he watched his children and grandchildren. Eyes that showed that he wanted the best for his children, not mattering whether he was their real father or, in my case, a second father. I say that my cousin, Rick, has the best eyes because that is what I will take with me for the rest of my life when I think of him. That closest connection to truth that I feel and know best will stay alive with me until my form ceases to be.

    Rick, may you rest in true and honest peace.

    Chris Blais

  15. 20 Mar 2013
    marsha brown-mcculloc says:
    Sheri and family,
    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I was so sadden by the news of Rick's passing. Please accept my condolence at this very sad time.
    Marsha Brown(Joyce's friend)

  16. 20 Mar 2013
    steve grigsby says:
    I am so sorry to hear of Richards passing,he and I grew up in Rockland Mass together his mother and my mother worked together at a local grocery store on market in Rockland. again so sorry you are in mine and my wifes prayers.. god bless..

  17. 20 Mar 2013
    Brooke (Bendure) Billmeier says:
    Tracy, I'm sorry to learn about your loss. Please know I am thinking of you and your family, wishing you all comfort and peace.

  18. 20 Mar 2013
    Stephanie Stokes says:
    I am so sorry for your loss, he a very sweet man who loved all of you so much. May you find comfort in that he is free from pain and will always watch over all of you.

  19. 20 Mar 2013
    marie tribuna says:
    My sympathies go out to all of you,, Sheri and the girls, Joyce, Michael, Kevin and young Rick and Tracey.I hope he was very peaceful, surrounded by family.

  20. 19 Mar 2013
    Marla and Frank Griffin says:
    To the Flanagan Clan,
    Remember the smiles...cherish the moments..find comfort in the memories. With heartfelt sympathy, Marla and Frank Griffin

  21. 19 Mar 2013
    Matt says:
    Rick, thank you so much for opening up your home to me and my family on all our trips down to visit. So many memories and so little space. You all have always treated us so kindly and I'm eternally grateful to you and your whole family. You were one of the "good eggs" and will be missed.

  22. 19 Mar 2013
    Pam Haddad says:
    Dear Joyce, So sorry for this loss in your family. Way to soon to lose Rick. My best to Sheri and family. I've met you all a few times. Thank you for letting me stay with you one time with Joyce. Got to see Rick then too. We graduated from Rockland High School together. May everyone have peace and love.

  23. 19 Mar 2013
    Flanagan's Beach House says:
    Please accept our condolences, losing a loved one is never easy. We will all miss Rick. All our thoughts and prayers are with Cheryl and all of the family. Love, from all your tenants @ "Flanagans Beach house"...
    David, Rachel, Ben, Mary, Betty & Brad.

  24. 19 Mar 2013
    Doreen Murphy says:
    Dear Joyce,
    I am so sorry for your great loss. I know you will miss Rick very much. You & your family are in my prayers.

  25. 19 Mar 2013
    James Tager says:
    Jessica and family, you are in my families thoughts and prayers. I encourage you to trasure the many memories that your close family shares throught the years.. I am sorry for your loss.

  26. 19 Mar 2013
    Carene Darcy says:
    Rick; I have so many great memories of you way back when. Some are too funny to post. Keep an eye on your family and friends as you will be missed by so many.

  27. 18 Mar 2013
    Auntie Joyce says:
    Miss you Pal. We have been looking back through all the pictures, remembering all the great times together. From playing in the snow in Weymouth as childen to spending holidays together with our children as they grew. Many great memories. You will always be in my heart! Love you and miss you.

  28. 18 Mar 2013
    Moe & Larry says:
    We were so saddened and sorry to hear about Rick's illness and passing. He will be in our thoughts and prayers as will all of you. May all your wonderful memories comfort you during this difficult time and know we are thinking of you.
    Love, Moe & Larry

  29. 18 Mar 2013
    Pammy says:
    I miss you so much already. I keep thing that this is all a bad dream. I would give anything to have you back here with me, but I know you are in a better place, cancer and pain free. Please watch down on me and my babies and be our guardian angel. I love you daddy! I'll see you again someday!
    Love you forever
    Pammiami

  30. 18 Mar 2013
    Jessica Flanagan says:
    You are my hero, I miss you so much. I know you are with your mom and dad in heaven looking down on us. Stay close, I know I will Camryn and I will need you to help guide us on the right path until I see you again. I love you dad <3
    Love always and forever, Messy Jessie

  31. 18 Mar 2013
    Pat Faiella says:
    Rick,

    Seems like yesterday we were playing touch football on Moncreif Road. Many years have passed and many beautiful children and grandchildren to remember you by. I hope you are at peace cousin. I will miss you.

    Pat

  32. 18 Mar 2013
    Rick says:
    Dad, I'm so sorry that you went through all you did. You were so brave. I was proud of you!
    Love, Rick

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  37. 18 Mar 2013
    Tracy says:
    I will miss you very much dad. I love you!!
    Tracy

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