Thomas P. Flynn


Of Atco, NJ.  Formerly of Berlin, age 93 years, a newspaper editor who spent his career covering South Jersey government, politics, and sports and serving as a media spokesman at the highest levels of New Jersey government, died after a brief illness on March 1.  He was the husband of Jeanne Allard Flynn for 67 years.  Born in Woonsocket, R. I., Mr. Flynn moved to South Jersey in 1949 after graduating from Providence College and working as a news reporter for the Providence Journal Bulletin for four years.  His first newspaper stint in South Jersey was with the Vineland Times Journal where he ultimately became state news editor.   A highlight of his reporting career occurred in 1968 while serving as metropolitan editor at the Camden Courier-Post.  He had the opportunity to interview presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon during a locally televised broadcast and the tense exchange between Mr. Flynn and Nixon was memorialized in the best-selling book The Selling of the President, 1968.   In 1970, he was named Press Secretary to former N.J. Governor William T. Cahill and although Mr. Flynn enjoyed working with the state capital press corps, his stay in Trenton was brief as he was named editor of the Camden Courier Post in 1972.   He led the editorial staff at the Courier-Post for 3 years before being named Editor of the New Jersey edition of the Philadelphia Bulletin.  He served in that position until the Bulletin published its final daily newspaper in 1982.  He loved the newspaper business and believe fiercely in the need for an independent and free press. Mr. Flynn returned to state government to serve as Director of Public of Information for the New Jersey Casino Control Commission for almost a decade.  An avid golfer, bridge player, and sports fan, and inveterate reader, Mr. Flynn spent his retirement traveling with his wife and friends to play at some of the world’s finest golf courses.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Christine, his daughter Karen and son-in-law Michael, his son Thomas and daughter-in-law Lori, his four grandchildren Michael, Matthew, Catherine, and Rachel, and his great-grand-daughter Gabrielle. The family will receive relatives and friends Tuesday morning 9:00-10:00AM at St Simon Stock Parish, Our lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 178 W. White Horse Pike Berlin, NJ.  Memorial Mass 10:00AM.  Cremation and entombment of ashes will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in his memory to the Providence College – Angel Fund, 1 Cunninghman Square, Providence, R.I. 02918.  Arrangements under the direction of the COSTANTINO FUNERAL HOME 231 W. WHITE HORSE PIKE BERLIN, NJ 08009. COSTANTINOFUNERALHOME.COM