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Lester J. Flynn


Lester J. Flynn, age 73, of Columbus, Ohio passed away April 6, 2017 at Riverside Hospital from injuries sustained in a fall on March 31st.  On April 11, 1943 he was born in Toledo, Ohio, the son of the late Owen Flynn and Lucille (Cross) Flynn.  Lester is survived by brothers, Patrick Flynn and Francis Flynn; and most cherished partner, Jody K. Porter.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Owen and Lucille Flynn; two brothers, Owen and William; and a sister, Mary Ellen Smith.  Les was a Teacher and Coach for Columbus City Schools for 35 years.  In addition, upon retirement he worked at ECOT.  He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School in Toledo and played on a State Championship Football Team.  He earned his BS degree from Ohio University and his Master Degree from Xavier.  Les was proud to be the one to start the football program at Centennial High School and to have coached a City Championship Wrestling Team.  He was also very proud of his long list of valued friends.  Les loved traveling, exotic cars, Dog Rescue, and was an avid sports fan, particularly a fan of Notre Dame.  He was a member of Saint Andrew Parish.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  An inurnment will take place in Mason City, Iowa.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Schnauzer Rescue Cincinnati, c/o Pat Miller, 5811 Red Fox Drive, Winter Haven, FL 33884.  Please visit to leave the family an online condolence.


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  • Bob Meleca says:

    Coach Flynn was my first and only football and wrestling coach. He was also my biology teacher. I was fortunate to be part of the opening of Centennial High School and the first graduating class in 1979! I was his first wrestler to qualify for the State Wrestling Tournament. I will always appreciate his excellent coaching skills and mentoring. His words ring in my mind often. Other than my parents, no other person influenced me more than Coach Flynn during my high school and college years. I attribute my successes to his coaching lessons and guidance that have helped me handle life experiences after high school.

  • Bill Lager and your ECOT/Altair Family says:

    With deepest sympathy. A memorial contribution has been made on Lester’s behalf, to the Schnauzer Rescue Cincinnati.

  • Bill Hickok says:

    My condolences to Lester’s family and friends. He was a good friend and classmate at CCHS. I remember his winning smile and happy countenance. You could always count on him when you needed help or an encouraging word, Rest in peace old friend.

  • Barbara Brzozka says:

    So Sorry,
    I am in total shock….how sad…
    Les was my favorite dance partner in high school(Central Catholic Class of 1961) and my late husband’s (Tom Brzozka) locker partner and football buddy.
    My prayers are flowing for him and all family and friends,
    He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

    Barbara(Ignatowski}Brzozka Malak

  • Susie and Jim Lawrie says:

    We live directly behind Les on Polley and have been neighbors of his for 30 years. We just heard about Les and wanted to let you know how sad we were to hear it. We didn’t see him often but had some nice talks over the years, especially within the past couple of years.
    We have always thought that he was such a nice person.
    Our thoughts are with all of you. Susie and Jim

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