By Phil Skeggs
Ivanhoe Amateurs mourns the passing of our Hall of Fame member Brian Flynn, who died at Rosanna Views on Tuesday (July 12), aged 86.
Brian was patriarch of the fabulous Flynn clan that produced four Ivanhoe footballers of the ’80s and ’90s – Matt, Dan and Team of the Century members Ted and Peter. Son-in-laws Dave Delaney and Andrew McKenzie also wore the colours.
Brian was a prominent northern suburbs lawyer and a former president of North Melbourne Football Club’s original coterie group The Northerners.
He provided legal support to Ivanhoe AFC throughout the ’90s, including representing the club during VAFA investigations and tribunal hearings.
For his services, Brian was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.
Former president Rob Pearce acknowledged Brian in the 2001 annual report, saying the club owed “a great debt to Brian Flynn for his wise counsel through a difficult season off-field. Brian’s quiet and steadying advice was so helpful”.
Brian will be remembered as a true gentleman who loved his family and his sports clubs. Long after his sons had hung up the boots, Brian continued to attend home games to catch up with friends and support the Hoers.
Peter Flynn said Brian loved wearing an Ivanhoe footy club jacket. “It will sit proudly on his resting place – he never ever took it off.”
Ivanhoe AFC extends its condolences to Brian’s wife of 62 years, Cecily, children Maria, Marg, Lou, Matt, Dan, Ted and Peter, their 16 grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Thank-you for all your help and support, “Big Bad”. Rest in peace.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St Martin’s Catholic Church, Silk Street, Rosanna, on Tuesday July 19 at 1pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion for the Northern Memorial Park, Box Forest Rd, Glenroy.