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Tommy Flynn

Tommy Flynn died of heart failure in Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento after a brief illness.

He was born in the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Illinois to Ann Cameron and Richard Thomas Flynn and spent his early, pre-high school years in Augsburg, Germany, and in Allen Park, Detroit. His father, until he retired, was a full-time U.S. Army Command sergeant major and a three-war veteran, and thus Tommy's early days included much moving; but did lead to a relatively stable residence in Pismo Beach, Calif., while his father taught ROTC at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. During that time, Tommy attended and graduated from Arroyo Grande High School, followed by some course work at Cuesta College and at Cal Poly. For the years after that, he 'expanded' on his father's love of 'large scale' cooking and practiced these skills for most of the rest of his life, starting with a group that called themselves 'The Family' in Brisbane and in the Haight-Ashbury, feeding the homeless. Later, he struck up a relationship with Ralph Kunkee, a professor of winemaking at UC Davis, and eventually moved to Davis in 1985.

In Davis, he expanded his many interests, including music, especially of the so-called San Francisco Sounds, book collecting and, of course, cooking - working as a chef in several restaurants in the Davis area. During his early times at Davis, he was especially appreciated for his large-scale adjunct cooking for many of the students, especially those in the wine and grape disciplines.

Something more needs to be said about his music; although never having had any formal music training, he was exceedingly skillful on the piano and other keyboards, producing completely improvised beautiful renditions - none of which, it is sad to point out, were ever recorded. It needs to be added that his artistic talents also included rendering of stunning acrylic and oil paintings and the composition of dramatic, if esoteric poetry. In his last few days, he underwent extensive surgery in unsuccessful attempts to correct some serious aneurysm infections.

He is survived by his three sisters, Katherine Roop of Petaluma, Hyoka Bells of Ukiah and Barbara Flynn of San Francisco (and the husbands of the former two), all of whom where extremely attentive and concerned about his well-being.

Ralph Kunkee visited Tommy in the hospital the day before he died, and Tommy was especially affable and pleasant, giving Ralph no indication of any sad days to come. Tommy wished his remains to be cremated and the ashes are expected to be scattered around Pismo Beach, a geographical area where he had once lived and always loved to visit. Tommy had a wide circle of friends and will be especially remembered for his spontaneity and affection.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tommy's name to the charity of their choice.

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Luisos (Tom)""There is so much to do in preparation for the future, so many different fields in which harmony must come, and all by means of ordinary everyday men like ourselves...In individual men, harmony among fuctions; harmony between body, soul and spirit; harmony among its different members, harmony between its leader and its origin; in the great esoteric impulse launched through Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, harmony among all lines and groups; harmony between them, their founders and God; in the world, harmony among all branches of knowledge, all peoples, all esoteric lines," Nobody will ever know, except a few of us who you really were. Your spirit lives on in my heart and I'll never forget your dedication to The Work. You were like a Lenny bruce character, innocent, troubled by all the paradoxes in the world, continually striving to understand it all. You left this world better for your being with us. I miss you and honor your life. Ahoon also known as Doc

Jim Trattner Apr 10 2010 12:00 AM

We were very fond of Tommy. Know that you are missing him constantly. Grading exams won't be the same without him there to 'help'. We are here to help in any way. Love and hugs - Marilynn and Ned

Marilynn and Ned Vilas Jul 23 2009 12:00 AM

Tom, In case you are watching or listening...there are a few things that I wish I had told you before you died. You were alwyays a very good and loving friend that I will miss alot. You were never dull and always full of life and I will forever miss that part about you. Lastly you always cared about people and life in general and the world has lost some of its color because of your death... Take care my friend, I love you. Paul

Paul Holden Watwood Jul 13 2009 12:00 AM

Hi, Tommy. How are the kitchen facilities up there? We miss you, neighbor. Noreen & Jacob

Noreen Mazelis Jul 13 2009 12:00 AM

I was so sorry to see the sad news in the Davis Enterprise about Tommy's passing. I only met him a few times but felt a connection with him immediately. He was obviously a very unique, cultured, intriguing gentleman. The fact that he liked my art work endeared him to me even further! I had not met such an interesting person in a long while and was greatly saddened by this tragic news. He had never told me of his work feeding the homeless and learning this just made me admire him more. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. -- valerie

valerie and clancy klein Jul 12 2009 12:00 AM