William David Flannery also known as Bill, Billy, Papa, Uncle Billy, and Silly Billy was a proud, life-long resident of East Hampton.
Billy met the love of his life, Nancy, when he was 27 and they shared 33 years together as husband and wife. Through that journey, they had three precious children: Ross, Cody, and Madigan. He was the happiest when cheering his children on during the numerous softball seasons, on the field through the 3D archery matches, from the sidelines during football games, and en route to motocross on the bus he specifically outfitted just for his boys. Together, they created a beautiful life, one full of love and laughter. Billy was a sports-playing, animal-hunting, grandchild-loving expert.
Billy’s loving mother, Mary Barber Flannery, brothers Peter and Timmy, and sisters Karen and Kathy remember him in his youth snow-skiing the trails in the winter, barefoot water skiing on the lake in the summer, and fishing year-round. Billy and his father, James Peter Flannery, spent many days out on the ocean in the big boat. It is with his father that Billy’s love for fishing flourished.
Billy’s eldest son, Ross, and his wife Valerie, blessed the family with three grandbabies: Elizabeth, Stanley, and William. Together, Billy and Nancy, travelled to Maine as much as they could, towing the boat filled with fishing rods, lures and wacky-worms, in order to spend time on the lake making memories.
Billy worked for the State of Connecticut DEEP for 42 years and retired happily in 2017. Billy was also the proud owner of Timberland Tree Removal Experts LLC, starting that company 44 years ago. Billy was always busy as he constantly had somewhere to go and someone to help. Billy was always there when you needed him and he would move mountains, or piles of brush, to support you.
Billy travelled the world hunting exotic animals and prided himself on his food plots. His dedication to the farm and his love for fishing was one of the many passions he passed along to his grandbabies, his great-nieces and his great-nephews. Through these experiences, he made life-long friends and an ever-lasting impression on those around him. He dedicated his life to his work and to the people he loved.
A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Monday Oct. 14th at 11:00AM in St. Patrick Church in East Hampton. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the family plot in St. Patrick Cemetery.
As much as Billy would want you to go and spend money at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s because, as their best customer, he would be worried that they may go bankrupt, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to CT DEEP: No Child Left Inside with check made out to Treasurer, State of Connecticut c/o BOR NCLI Business Office, CT DEEP, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106.