EVELYN R. “EVIE” (DOYLE) FLYNN – in Londonderry, NH, formerly of Woburn, May 26th. Beloved wife of the late Edmond W. Flynn. Devoted mother of Ruth Ann Duddy & her husband Roy of Londonderry, NH, Peter J. Flynn of W. Newbury, Catherine E. Mahoney & her husband Robert of Woburn, and the late Edmond P. “Ned” Flynn. Dear sister of Robert Doyle of Hampstead, NH, Alice McNevin of Wilmington, and the late James and John Doyle and Kathryn “Kay” Carpenter. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, May 30th at 8:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Monday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Evie’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701, or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 First Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.
Evelyn R. “Evie” Flynn, a champion professional candlepin bowler and longtime Woburn resident, passed away on Friday, May 26th, at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua following a lengthy illness. The wife of the late Edmond W. Flynn, who died in 1998, she was eighty-three.
Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Duran) Doyle. She resided in Woburn until twenty-three years ago, when she took up residence in southern New Hampshire.
Evie, as she was known to family and friends, was one of the best female bowlers of her time in New England. Starting in her early twenties, she came from a family of bowlers. Her first pair of bowling shoes were won by her brother in a local bowling contest. As more opportunities became available for women bowlers, Evie was always considered one of the top contenders. In the old Boston Record-American Tournament, the Massachusetts State Tournament, and the World Tournament, she and her partners almost always finished in the money every year.
Her earliest competitions were with men bowlers, as there was no ladies league at the time. The Northeast Ladies Professional Team League was formed in 1960 and Evie anchored the Woburn Bowladrome (later became Stoneham) team to many championships for over twenty-five years. She bowled nineteen years on the WCBC Pro Tour, from 1972 to 1991, finishing in the top ten lady bowlers in her first year.
Evie competed at all levels of the game while working a full-time job as a Postal Clerk in Woburn. She retired from the Postal Service at the age of sixty-two, after having worked for over thirty years.
She and her late husband raised four children, all of whom became bowlers themselves. Evie continued to bowl senior leagues until 2004, when health problems forced her to retire.
Over the years she traveled all over New England to bowl, and then to the Canadian provinces to cheer for her children as they bowled. Always a strong competitor, she demonstrated good sportsmanship to her partners and challengers alike.
Along with her husband Ed, she was preceded in death by her son, Edmond P. “Ned” Flynn, two brothers, James and John Doyle, and a sister, Kathryn “Kay” Carpenter.
Surviving are two daughters, Ruth Ann Duddy & her husband Roy of Londonderry, NH, and Catherine E. Mahoney & her husband Robert of Woburn, her son, Peter J. Flynn of W. Newbury, a brother, Robert Doyle of Hampstead, NH and a sister, Alice McNevin of Wilmington.
She was also the loving grandmother of Christopher Duddy and his wife Julie, Jillian, Matthew, and Kim Duddy, Sean and Craig Flynn, and Joshua, Steven, Michelle, and Melissa Mahoney, and five great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Ryan, and Nathan Duddy and Isaac and James Flynn.
The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, May 30th at 8:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Calling hours at the funeral home are on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in Evie’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701, or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 First Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.