The Southern Cross : November 2012
November 2012 Page 21 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross obituaries | Born in Bunbury, Western Australia, Richard Flynn began his teaching career in 1960 as one of three lay teachers at Saint Ignatius' College, Norwood, on the invitation of the then Headmaster, Fr Thomas Barden SJ. He taught an array of subjects including English, French, Science and Religious Education. He is, however, most warmly remembered for Drama and the plays he produced and directed every year from 1965 until 1998. He served under a series of Headmasters and was Deputy Headmaster at Norwood for a number of years. He was instrumental in the process of the establishment of the Senior School at Athelstone in 1967 and held roles which included Senior School Deputy Headmaster, Prefect of Studies, Director of Curriculum and Head of Drama. Richard was the first editor of 'Ignatius' the annual magazine of Saint Ignatius' College, a role he filled for 10 years. In May 1999 he was commissioned to produce a book to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the College in 2001. This was titled Running Streams -- Paths of Fifty Years. Richard founded the Court Theatre Company in 1975 for young people wanting to continue their association with theatre after leaving school. This was Adelaide's first such theatre. It flourished for 22 years, up to 1997. In 1985 Richard celebrated 25 years as a staff member at Saint Ignatius' College. He retired in 1996 after a career spanning 36 years. In retirement he worked as a part-time writer, editor and theatre critic for print and online publications. In his eulogy for Richard, one of his students, Judge Michael Boylan, said thousands of St Ignatius' College students would remember "Mr Flynn" as, not just a school master, but a friend, mentor and a man who opened new horizons for them. "Richard was charming and modest," he said. "He achieved much and his life touched the lives of many others, especially those whom he taught. He gave to many of us new-found self confidence and the readiness to try something new. He was what a teacher should be: an inspiration." Joe, as most knew him, was born in Varapodio, Reggio Calabria, Italy, the first born son of the late Giuseppe and Carmela De Maria, the eldest brother of Rocco (dec.), Rosa, Nancy, Frank and Vince. From early childhood he had the responsibility of being the man of the house as his father left Italy for Australia when Joe was just six years old. During his childhood in Italy, he went to school until year five, suffering hardship from illness from a young age and throughout his entire life. Life in Italy was very difficult due to the war and the family was not reunited until some 12 years later when, in 1949, he accompanied his mother and sister Rosa on the long journey to Australia. Joe's first job in Australia, apart from the task of helping the family on their farm, was picking olives in the Adelaide hills. He held various other jobs throughout his working life and at times worked long hours and many shifts to support his family. In September 1954 Joe married Concetta, his childhood sweetheart who was still in Italy, by proxy. It was not until June 1956 that Concetta left her beloved family and home in Italy to be with her husband Joe. In June 1957 they were blessed with the birth of their first born Tony, followed by Peter in 1961, Carmel in 1968 and Teresa in 1974. Despite being hospitalised on and off due to illness this entire period, his love, dedication and support for his family was that of a devoted husband and father. Both Joe and Concetta dedicated themselves and worked tirelessly to ensure that their children had the best future they could possibly provide. Joe also played a key role in ensuring Concetta was reunited with her sisters and their families by facilitating their migration to Australia, assisting each of them in establishing themselves in their new country. In the many years to follow happy times were had with family and friends. In February 1974 the birth of their daughter Teresa was to change their life forever and for so many. At this time Joe gave up work to completely devote all his time to the care of his daughter and all the challenges that lay ahead. Those that remember Joe would remember him as a keen photographer. He and his beloved box brownie were inseparable -- he took photos of everything and everyone. During a memorable family holiday to Melbourne Joe was insistent on capturing every moment. One such moment was during a wet and windy afternoon in Shepparton Victoria, where he saw the opportunity for a great shot. It was cold, dark and miserable, and the children had to stand in the rain on a wet slippery metal structure for him to take the shot which is still regarded by the family as a treasured moment. His love and passion for the garden and in particular his garden (having a keen green thumb) was immaculately manicured to perfection. He had a passion and a gift for grafting and would often experiment with great success and little failure. Family was always first in Joe's mind, as was evident in the love he expressed towards his daughters-in-law Beate and Josie. The news of the birth of his first grandchild Joseph in 1998 brought great joy, as did Daniel in 1999, Angelina in 2001 and Saskia in 2002. The love, kindness, gentleness, warmth and affection that these four grandchildren have been given will remain with them forever. They will forever remember their Nonno and Nonna. Joe will always be remembered as a loving husband, a devoted father, adored nonno, a brother, an uncle and friend to all that knew him. Richard Flynn Born August 4, 1936 Died April 2, 2012 Giuseppe De Maria Born October 18, 1931 Died September 11, 2012 Curtain falls for 'Mr Flynn' A life devoted to family Joe and Concetta with their two sons, Tony and Peter and their daughter Teresa.