John Flannery, age 92, surrounded by love, died peacefully July 10, 2021. He was a resident of Park Ridge, previously of Lincolnwood , serving as a village trustee. John was a veteran, proudly serving in the US Army.
Preceded in death by his wife Catherine. Johns’ family grew exponentially 30 years ago when he and Catherine were blessed by an arranged meeting. John embraced his blended family and loved each and every one of his 13 children, 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Simply put, John was a devout family man, a gentleman and scholar.
John enjoyed a very successful law career at Fitch, Even, Tabin and Flannery. John focused his practice in intellectual property litigation for over 50 years. He joined the firm in 1957 while attending law school at Loyola University and became a full-time associate in 1959 after earning his J.D. He was made a name partner in 1981.
John was an elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which limits its membership to no more than 1% of the total lawyer population of any state and to only those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. John was active in a number of additional professional organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association, who honored him for 50 years of service in 2011. John was happiest serving as a mentor to the next generation.
John's sweet smile and positive energy lit up a room. He and Catherine traveled extensively throughout their years together and he lovingly cared for her until she passed in 2019.
John's biggest joy was being surrounded by his family and friends. He was always there in support of the needs of others. And his long life surely can be attributed to his very active days once retired. John loved playing golf, tennis, paddle, bridge, skiing and a good cold beer.
John and family were extremely blessed by the loving care he received at home until his passing. May he rest in peace!
Visitation Friday, July 16, 10 am - 12 pm, at Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge. Funeral Mass, 12:30 pm, at St. Paul of the Cross Church. Interment will follow in Town of Maine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Misericordia, www.misericordia.org, in memory of Patrick Flannery.
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