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Shawn J. Flanagan

June 6, 1974 ~ October 24, 2019 (age 45)


Shawn J. Flanagan, 45, of Newark, New York, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday October 24, 2019 at his home.

Shawn was born on June 6, 1974 in Providence, beloved son of John J. “Jack” Flanagan of West Warwick and the late Kathleen M. “Kathy” (Burbank) Flanagan.  He attended St. James Elementary in West Warwick and Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick.  He was a student at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston and moved on to attend Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.

Shawn had received numerous awards in his teaching and Emergency Medical Service career which included: Teacher of the Year, Yearbook dedication and Volunteer of the year. He began his EMS career as an EMT for South County Ambulance in South Kingstown RI.  After his move to Rochester be embarked on a career with Rural Metro Ambulance in Rochester, Brighton Town Ambulance and continued on to Lyons, and Newark Volunteer Ambulance Corp. While at NAVA,  Shawn was training co-coordinator, President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors. He founded and very successfully ran the Jr. Member program, a program he designed to teach students the ins and outs of Emergency Medicine.

He has taught biology and Bio-Medical Science at Newark High School for 18 years.  These courses are vital in preparing students for a career in the medical field.

Shawn's hobbies include movies, especially Star Wars and Super Hero’s of all kinds and he loved card games.  He was active in Scouts and a variety of community projects in and around Newark.  He was a dedicated teacher, mentor and friend to practically every one he met.

Besides his father he leaves a brother, Craig Flanagan and his fiancé, Annie Lucarelli of Naugatuck CT; aunt and uncle Helen Elizabeth (Betty) and Ignatius Pechulis of North Kingstown and best friend, Tammy Hand of Newark, NY.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Church, 70 Church Street, West Warwick.  Interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made in Shawn’s memory to the Newark-Arcadia Ambulance Junior Membership Organization, 301 Frey Street, Newark, NY 14513 would be appreciated.  Arrangements with HENAULT-GALLOGLY Funeral Home.  Information and condolences please visit:


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Mass of Christian Burial
November 2, 2019

10:00 AM
St. Mary Church
70 Church St
West Warwick, RI 02893

November 2, 2019

11:15 AM
St. Mary Cemetery
70 Church St
West Warwick, RI 02893

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