Gregory A. Flanagan
Gregory A. Flanagan, 59, of Bellingham, passed away on August 12, 2011, of a sudden illness. Greg was born in Boston, Mass., and grew up in Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in psychology. Following college, he traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Greg joined the Army while living in Hawaii and was stationed in Germany where he served as a mental health counselor. After his military service, he continued his travels and education, earning a master's degree in counseling, and certifications in Fisheries Technology and Teaching English as a Second Language. He was also an accomplished musician on multiple instruments. Greg spent the remainder of his life helping others through counseling and teaching. He pursued his love of music, adventure and travel until his untimely death. More recently he worked with the Veterans Navigator Program to help veterans in our area.
Greg was preceded in death by his wife, Dana Didio. He is survived by his father and alll six of his siblings, as well as three nieces and two nephews. Greg's family would like to acknowledge the compassionate care of the medical staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital; the staff and volunteers of the Whatcom County Veteran's Program; and to especially thank the Opportunity Council and Veteran Navigator Program for the comfort and care they provided.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Veteran Navigator Program (360-393-7685), St. Vincent de Paul, or Catholic Charities.