Obituary: Peter Robert Flynn Sr.
Former Montclair resident Peter Robert Flynn Sr., 85, died March 20, 2018, in his home in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Mr. Flynn was born in Callicoon, New York and grew up in Granville, N.Y.,where he graduated from high school, as a member of the marching band and varsity baseball team.
He graduated from the University of Houston, with a degree in broadcast journalism. At the university he was an on-air personality for the local radio station, KLBS.
Mr. Flynn served in the navy from 1954 to 1957 and was both a producer and reporter for the Armed Forces Radio Network. His success as both, garnered him a 40-year career in broadcast journalism at the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
At NBC, he was director of two formidable radio news programs: “Emphasis” with Barbara Walters and Chet Huntley, and “Monitor” with journalists such as John Chancellor, Dave Garroway and Edwin Newman.
As director of the NBC Radio Network, he produced a five-part retrospective entitled, “The First Fabulous Fifty”, celebrating the 50 year history of America’s first radio network. Mr. Flynn had the pleasure of working with such celebrities as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Arlene Francis and John Chancellor.
Moving to television, he finished his tenure with NBC as director of affiliate relations, making deep and long-lasting friendships as he advocated for quality programming.
Mr. Flynn met Laura Speers who was working in the sound effects department at NBC Radio, and they enjoyed a 56 year marriage, raising two children, Peter Jr. and Kelsey in Montclair.
An avid tennis player, he organized tournaments for both NBC and his local Montclair community. He was also on the parish council and a Eucharistic minister for the Immaculate Conception Church, bringing the Eucharist to the homebound and elderly.
The couple retired to Durham, New Hampshire where they became active members of the Great Bay Stewards, educating school children about, and advocating for, the protection of the Great Bay Estuary. They also lent their voices to the Shanty Singers, performing old sailor songs for both schools and retirement communities on the New Hampshire coast.
He was predeceased by his wife Laura; and is survived by his son Peter Jr., his wife Andréa and their son, Hudson; his daughter Kelsey, her wife Jaime, their children Gram and Lila; his brother Michael and his husband, Richard Maier; and his sons-in-spirit, Dan Manseau and David Mello.
A memorial will be held Saturday, April 28, at First Churches in Northampton, Massachusetts, 129 Main St, Northampton, MA, 01060. Donations may be sent in Mr. Flynn’s memory to the Great Bay Stewards at greabaystewards.org.