JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) Arrangements for Deacon Francis Flood [MC1954 RIP]


Dear John,

Below are the arrangements for Deacon Flood class of 1954.

May He Rest In Peace.

> Subject: Arrangements for Deacon Francis Flood, RIP
> I regret to inform you of the passing of Division 15 Chaplain and long-time member of the Tara Color Guard, Deacon Francis “Frank” Flood. Please see the arrangements for his wake, church viewing, Mass of Transferal and Funeral Mass below:
>> Wake
>> Monday , 5/13
>> Massapequa Funeral Home – North Chapel
>> 2 to 4PM, 7 to 9PM
>> At the request of Frank’s family, there will NOT be a Hibernian Wake Service. The family feels that the funeral home will be very crowded and a service might hinder visitors from paying their respects. All members are encouraged to attend on their own. Sash is optional.
>> Church Viewing
>> Tuesday, 5/14
>> St Rose of Lima Church, 4-7PM
>> Mass of Transferal, 7:30PM
>> Division 15 Members will meet at the church at 6:45PM. ALL brothers are strongly encouraged to attend the viewing and the Mass to say farewell to our worthy Chaplain as Hibernians. Please wear your sash.
>> Funeral Mass
>> Wednesday, 5/15
>> St. Rose of Lima Church, 10AM
>> Burial at Grace Cemetery
> A telephone calling post will follow this email. Please forward this email on to any brother and sister Hibernians who may not be on my email list or registered for calling post messages.
> Thank you.
> —
> Ken

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Frank J. Flood, Deacon at St. Rose of Lima and Massapequa Water Commissioner

June 06, 2019
By Carolyn James
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Deacon Frank J. Flood

Deacon Frank J. Flood

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi begins with these words: Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light, and where there is sadness, joy.

Frank Flood, a longtime resident of Massapequa Park, veteran and Deacon at St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church, lived those words every day.

“My dad lived a life of service, but his dedication to St. Rose brought him the most satisfaction,” said his son Michael. “My dad taught me character, not by words, but by his actions. He taught me always to do the right thing.”

Deacon Frank J. Flood Jr. died May 8, 2019. He was 88 years old.

Mr. Flood was born in New York City on May 18, 1930, the son of Francis and Margaret Flood.

He was raised in Bayside, Queens and served in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge, he attended Manhattan College where he received a degree in civil engineering. He then graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master’s degree and went on to work for the Department of Health in Nassau County in 1957. He then moved to the Department of Public Works in 1967 where he served as the Director of Environmental Engineering from 1975 until his retirement in 1992.

His commitment to his community extended to his work on the Board of Commissioners in the Massapequa Water District from 1995 until his death. He also served on the Massapequa Park Village Planning Commission from 1975 to 1985 and as a Village Trustee and Deputy Mayor from 1985 until 1995. He was an inaugural member of the Color Guard AOH Division 15, marching in countless St. Patrick’s Day parades in NYC and all over Long Island and later served as the Division’s Chaplain, and was also a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. On May 21, 1994, Mr. Flood was ordained a Deacon in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and served as an acting Deacon at St. Rose of Lima until his passing. In recognition of his service to the Massapequas and St. Rose, Mr. Flood was inducted into the Massapequa Hall of Fame in 2010.

Those who knew him best, remember a man whose faith moved him to action.

“He was good friend, a good community person and this community has lost one of its greatest leaders,” said his longtime friend John O’Brien of Massapequa Park.

“Massapequa lost a true community icon in the passing of Frank J. Flood. He was an exemplary family man, friend and neighbor who always put the needs of others ahead of his own,” said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. “Frank was always willing to devote his time, energy and his considerable talents to the advancement of our general welfare. I was inspired by his incredible work ethic and his tireless commitment to excellence.”

“Our father believed the world, and all that is in it, is a gift from God and it is our responsibility to protect and preserve what God has provided us,” said his daughter Mary Ellen. “For as long as I can remember, my father always gave the peace sign to everyone he greeted. It was his way of saying hello or goodbye, and wishing them well.”

As a Deacon, Mr. Flood served at Masses, performed baptisms and weddings. “He received as much grace and joy as the people he was serving,” said his daughter Jennifer.

“My father connected with people,” said his son Michael. “He truly had a calling to serve others.”

He also was very devoted to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, baptizing many of them, marrying a few and spending Sundays with them, attending their Communions, graduations, sports events and Eagle Scout ceremonies, taking extensive trips to see and be with them. “He kept a schedule of all of the birthdays hanging on his kitchen cabinet,” recalled his son Michael.

“He was a true man of great humor, someone you could count on for good advice and enjoyed a life well lived,” said his brother-in-law Marty O’Dea.

“If my father was honest, he would say his greatest accomplishment was marrying my Mother. She was his North Star, providing him emotional support, spiritual guidance and unconditional love throughout their 59-year marriage. Mom provided him the opportunity to devote so much of his life to serving the community” said his son Frank.

He is survived by his children: Kevin and his wife Maureen of Poquoson, Virginia; Mary Ellen Demarco and her husband Joseph of Orange Park, Florida; John and Eileen of Center Moriches, Michael and Vivian of Stewart Manor; Frank and Lisa of Huntington; Martin and Lauren of Amityville; Jennifer Caldwell and her husband KC of Fairfield, Connecticut, as well as by his grandchildren: Lauren and James, Elizabeth and Eric, Michael and Cameron, Patrick and Katie, Kathryn and Mark, Kevin, John, Matthew, Ryan, Michael, Liam, Aidan, Brady, Mary Catherine, Kieran, Emma, Katelyn, Luke, Nora, Hannah, and Anne, and his great grandchildren, Brendan, Michael, Anne, Grace, Andrew, Michael. He is also survived by his sister Peggy Anne Devine, sister-in-law Sheila and brother-in-law Tullio. His nieces, nephews and extended family in Ireland and his friends and longtime neighbors Kristine and Steve Hernandez also survive him.

His wife Maureen (nee O’Dea) predeceased him in 2017. He was also predeceased by his parents Francis and Margaret Flood and his siblings Gerard Flood and Elaine (Flood) Moranzoni. His brother-in-law Michael Devine also predeceased him.

Mr. Flood reposed at the Massapequa Funeral Home Inc. North Chapel, 1050 Park Blvd. (at Clark) Massapequa Park Mon., April 15, 2019. The following day at St. Rose of Lima Church a Mass of Transferal was said, followed the next day by a Funeral Mass. Interment with military honors was in Grace Cemetery, Massapequa.

The family has requested that contributions on Mr. Flood’s name be made to St. Rose of Lima Parish Outreach. 2 Bayview Ave., Massapequa NY 11758.

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