Stuart Flavin

Stuart Vincent Flavin Jr.

Tuesday, October 10th, 1939 - Friday, August 30th, 2019
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Stuart Vincent Flavin, Jr., 80 years, of Kennebunk, ME, formerly of Newark, NY, died August 30, 2019 while doing what he loved, kayaking off from his beloved Goose Rocks Beach, where he served as a lifeguard during the fifties and sixties.

Stu was born October 10, 1938 in Biddeford, ME a son of Stuart and Eleanor (Mahaney) Flavin. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from RPI. Stu worked in the aerospace industry and was President and General Manager of Wright Components in Phelps, NY. As a person, who was very giving of his time, Stu served as President of Newark-Wayne Community Hospital Board as well as serving on the boards of Rochester, NY, General Hospital and United Way in both Newark and Kennebunk. He was the past president of the Newark Country Club. Stu and his wife, Ellie (Watts) recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

As an avid outdoorsman, Stu enjoyed hunting and fishing and the beauty of nature. He enjoyed his time as docent at Laudholm Farms and volunteered at the Animal Welfare Society. He had many interests including travel, woodworking, reading, sudoku, crossword puzzles, sports, and especially, walking the beach with his beloved dogs Rosie and Connor. Stu loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with them at Goose Rocks Beach.

Stu is lovingly remembered by his wife, Ellie; his daughters, Kate (Mark) Badertscher and Beth Flavin; his son, Trip (Dawn Pelton) Flavin, III; his brother, Dr. David P. (Catherine Casey) Flavin; his grandchildren, Stuart and Olivia Badertscher and Kaila and Torin Pelton-Flavin; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 1-3 pm at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME. Following Stu’s wishes, funeral services will be private.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to: Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells, Me 04090 or Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094.
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    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Bibber Memorial Chapel-Kennebunk
    67 Summer Street
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
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Following Stu's wishes, funeral services will be private.


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Linda Corby

Posted at 08:11am
Ellie we are so very sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories you and your husband made over the years bring you peace and comfort. Linda & Mike Corby

Mark Kost

Posted at 08:25am
I am very sorry for your loss and wish the entire family peace.

Nancy Meehan

Posted at 08:56pm
Ellie , I am in total shock and so sad to hear about Stu
I will miss seeing him and joking around with him on my
Early morning walks on the beach . He always had a smile and
loved to stop and talk to everyone sometimes a little too
long especially when you had to get to work!!
Stu was a great guy and is going to be greatly missed
by many.
My thoughts are with you and your family at this
very sad time.
Both Ed and I send our deepest condolences
Nancy Meehan

Susan Stewart

Posted at 05:21pm
I'll always remember all the years that Ellen Fagan and I chaired the annual KBIA Dog
Breakfast down at the beach. Stu was so helpful in every way.....putting up posters, corralling dogs away from the food table and even providing his own tasty home-baked dog treats. We had so many good times and it just won't be the same without him. All of the "dog people" will miss him very much. He was a special guy with a big heart and a great sense of humor.

To Ellie and the family.....I'm so sorry for your loss.

Susan Stewart


Paul Dest

Posted at 06:12am
Oh, I will so miss Stu Flavin, as will all of the employees and volunteers at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm who had the great pleasure of knowing and working with him for many years. Stu was a dedicated volunteer who spent many days educating young people about Maine's natural resources through our docent program. He helped out in other ways as well -- he was dependable, affable, and committed to our coastal stewardship mission. And no matter what he was doing, he carried it out with a cheerfulness that one could not help but notice and be affected by. He reminds me of the sun -- big and bright and beaming! As I liked to say, he has a smile as wide as he is tall. The only consolation to his passing is knowing that he was doing something that he loved: Kayaking the coastal waters that he also worked to protect. -- Paul Dest, Director, Wells Reserve

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