Daniel Peter Flanigan, 81, of South Dennis, Massachusetts, passed away at Cape Cod Hospital on October 22, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Florence (Stanton) Flanigan and Dr.
John L. Flanigan Sr. where he grew up with brothers Jackie (John) and Bob and sisters
Patricia, MaryJane and Joan. Over his life, he resided in Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York, prior to retiring to South Dennis on Cape Cod. He is survived by his beloved wife, Laura Palmeri Flanigan, sons Christopher Flanigan and wife Karen of Prince Frederick, Maryland, son Michael Flanigan and wife Elaine of Mount Airy, Maryland and his brother Bob of Riverton NJ. He was the proud grandfather (PopPop) of Calvin, Alexa, Brooke, and Reagan. He was delighted to meet his great granddaughter Everlee only a few days prior to his death.
After several years at Mt St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, MD, Dan enlisted in the US Navy. He served as a corpsman and was trained as a cardiopulmonary technician and perfusionist at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Following discharge he worked practiced as a perfusionist in the operating rooms of a number of academic medical centers in the Northeast during his professional career. He developed expertise in cardiac anatomy & physiology and enjoyed sharing that knowledge with young cardiology and surgical residents.
In his personal life, he was very interested in food/cooking and passed that love on to his family through many memorable meals and discussions about food. He loved football both as a player on the offensive line at Pottsville Catholic High School and later as a Dallas Cowboys fan. He loved fishing with his family on Cape Cod Bay. He was an enthusiastic bird watcher and was skilled in identification. He was an avid chess player, he loved Sunday crossword puzzles because artful use of language was extremely interesting to him. He had a sense of humor that provided joy not only to his loved ones, but to many that happened to cross his path during his lifetime.
Funeral arrangements are private. Donations in Dan’s honor can be made to the Rescue Squad of Dennis, MA Fire Department 883 Route 28, West Dennis MA 02670.