David W. Flanagan, DMD Obituary


March 3, 2021

David Wilfred Flanagan, DMD, entered peacefully into Eternal Life on March 3, 2021 at the age of 83. Born in Boston on June 26, 1937, David was the oldest son of the late Howard and Irene (Boland) Flanagan. He was raised in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School, Class of 1955. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University in 1959 and enrolled in Tufts Dental School, earning his DMD degree in 1963.

While a student at Tufts Dental School, David met his wife of 57 years, Katherine L. (Stone) Flanagan. They moved to Hingham in October, 1963 where David started his private dental practice. He left his private practice in 1975 to begin a career as a staff dentist for the Veterans Administration, serving in hospitals located in Augusta, ME, Bedford MA and finally Brockton, MA where he spent over 20 years before his retirement in 1999. While working for the VA, David served as a clinical instructor for Tufts Dental School (1975-1976) and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (1976-1999).

David served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in 1963 and attaining the rank of Major prior to his honorable discharge in 1970. He was an avid sailor and a member and former Commodore of the Green Harbor Yacht Club in Marshfield, MA from where he was frequently found steering “Bightwings II‘’ for the open waters of Cape Cod Bay.

In addition to his wife, Katherine, he is survived by his son David M. Flanagan of Rockland, his daughter Mary Kate Flanagan of Hull, his son Sean F. Flanagan of Rockland and his granddaughter, Michelle A. Flanagan of Streator, IL. Known affectionately as “Big Dave”, he was the brother of Paul Flanagan and his wife Mary of Westford, J. Patrick Flanagan of Wellfleet, Michael Flanagan and his wife Nancy of Wellfleet and the late Peter Flanagan of Arlington and Wellfleet. He was the brother-in-law of Dana Stone and his wife Regina of Lakeville and the late Diarmid J. Stone of Weymouth. He also leaves behind his cherished nieces and nephews, Lisa, Brian, Lauren, Keith, Katie Mae, Thomas, Christine and Melissa as well as many great-nieces and -nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday, March 7 from 2-4pm in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald Street (Off Central St.) Hingham. Funeral services and burial are private.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of David may be made to Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445.

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