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Joseph M. Flynn, Thermal Imaging founder March 20, 1942 -- Sept. 16, 2005

Joseph M. Flynn, founder of Thermal Imaging of Western New York, died Friday in his home after a lengthy illness. He was 63.

Born in Warsaw, Mr. Flynn graduated from Arcade Central School in 1961 and received a bachelor's degree in business management from Houghton College in 2001. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Flynn also had owned and operated a dairy farm in Bliss, and had worked at several businesses as a maintenance supervisor.

He was a member of the Snow Belt Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club, with whom he had been working to establish a statewide emergency radio response system. He also was a former member of Eagle Hose Company and was involved with the Solar Energy Association of Western New York.

A member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Arcade, he served as a eucharistic minister and was involved in many church-related activities.

His first wife, the former Peggy A. Roblee, died in 1997.

Survivors include his second wife, the former Linda Barber of Bliss; three daughters, Amber Charlebois of Parsippany, N.J., Patricia Repass of Perry and Molly of Arcade; four stepdaughters, Melissa Peterson of Chaffee, Kristin George of Colden, Kimberly Clark of Springville and Mackensie Taylor of Rochester; a sister, Martha Louradour of Riverdale, Ga.; and eight grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's Church on East Arcade Road. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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