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Walter X. Flynn, longtime Public Works employee; March 31, 1936 -- Jan. 7, 2011

il,9l,4p3 Walter X. Flynn, a longtime employee of the City of Buffalo, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Hospital following a short illness.

He was 74.

Born in Scranton, Pa., Mr. Flynn moved to Buffalo as a young child with his family.

He graduated from Burgard Vocational High School in 1954 and received an associate's degree from Erie County Technical Institute.

For 32 years, before retiring in 1994, Mr. Flynn was a senior engineer for the City of Buffalo Public Works Department. His specialty was sidewalks.

Former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello affectionately called him Mr. Sidewalks.

"He personified what is best about public service," Masiello said when notified of Flynn's death.

A talented woodworker, Mr. Flynn built the deck on his Derby home.

He loved to watch the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Browns play.

Mr. Flynn was happiest when he was around his children, grandchildren and his pet poodle Tootsie Tyler, said his daughter Lisa Flynn, a former WIVB Channel 4 news anchor.

Also surviving are his wife of 17 years, the former Rosanne Fulford; his former wife of about 30 years, the former Velma Schwarz; a son, Jeffrey; two other daughters, Susie Blatner and Allison Yacano; and two sisters, Sally Davis and Jeanne Marie LoVullo.

A wake will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Amigone Funeral Home, Sheridan Drive and Parker Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. in St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 61 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.

[D/WILLIAMS]

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