BILL Flynn, a valued and influential man throughout the region who contributed to the community in every sense, died on Friday evening.
His son Peter Flynn described his father’s three pillars of interest as the community, business in the region and his church.
Bill was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2011, honouring his commitment to the Ballarat community.
Peter worked alongside his father for 20 years at their family-run commercial and industrial building business W.M Flynn, which Bill began in 1950.
“Few people get the pleasure of working alongside their father,” Mr Flynn said.
“Over time, he handed down an incredible amount of knowledge ... it was enriching to be guided by him.
The business was awarded Commerce Ballarat’s inaugural Business Achievement Award in 2011. Bill was on the council for the Shire of Ballarat for 18 years, including serving as shire president twice, before his position terminated when the shires amalgamated under the Kennett government.
Born in Ballarat and having grown up in Dunnstown, Bill educated himself after primary school.
“He was brought up in Dunnstown and didn’t have much of an education – but he had lots of drive. He was very motivated and liked being in charge,” Peter said.
“He started life from humble beginnings and was able to make a life for himself. He started his own business and brought up a large family.”
Bill had been married to his wife Mollie for more
than 53 years.
Peter was the third eldest of Bill’s six children,
with only one girl in the mix. Bill also had nine grandchildren.
Bill, aged 82, died peacefully at Nazareth House on Friday, where he spent the final three months of his life.