A VALUED member of the community, Bill Flynn was farewelled by friends and family yesterday.
The funeral of the former president of the Shire of Ballarat was held at St Patrick’s Church in Ballarat, where the crowd listened to anecdotes as people said goodbye to the influential businessman.
The eulogy was read by Peter Flynn, the third eldest of Bill’s six children, who worked alongside his father in the family business WM Flynn for more than 23 years.
Peter reflected on his father’s community achievements, strong work ethic, loyalty to the Catholic Church and his love of his family.
Bill is known for his many community achievements and was awarded an Order of Australia medal last year.
Son Ron Flynn spoke about going for drives with his father.
“I used to love driving places with him and the places we’d go through he’d always comment on buildings, saying, ‘I built that in 1965’ or these people live there and did you know this and this about them,” Ron said.
“He had a love of people and places, and I think as a family we all got a love of travelling from Dad.
Daughter Eileen Flynn said her father brought the family together growing up with things like ‘Saturday night chocolate’, which became abbreviated to SNC.
Son Dan Flynn, reading from a statement from the eldest grandson Daniel Flynn, said his grandfather’s relationship with his wife Mollie had set a good example for how he now treats his wife.
Granddaughter Sarah Flynn brought up symbols representing Bill’s life that she placed on a table, including his OAM, building helmet, wedding photos, a gavel, his lifetime business award and a Collingwood scarf.