– June 9
) was a Canadian politician of Irish
extraction. He served as a Liberal Member of Parliament
representing Kitchener, Ontario
from 1974 until 1979. His younger brother Dennis Flynn
was also active in Canadian politics.
Flynn was born Patrick Joseph "Joe" O'Flynn in Rathcormac, County Cork, Ireland on September 8, 1921. He and Dennis, along with their parents, John Joseph O'Flynn and Molly O'Flynn (née Mary Cahill) immigrated to Canada in 1925 on board the CP Ship Melita. Evidently the family dropped the "O'", and became known simply as Flynn.
First arriving in Quebec City, they travelled by train to Toronto where they settled. He served as a Chief Petty Officer on the HMCS Halifax during the World War II.
Joe and Dennis had three siblings, all born in Toronto:
- Eileen Natale - whose husband (now deceased) started Tuxedo Junction in Toronto and then Eugene Natale, Men's Clothier, which was managed by Eileen.
- Mary Ross - who worked for the municipal government of the City of Toronto; her husband, Ron (deceased), was a high school teacher.
- John Joseph Flynn Jr. - John married Joselyn Leise, an elementary school teacher, and John is a Senior Teaching Fellow with the Canada School of Public Service (for the Canadian government).