George Flynn, a veteran newspaperman who worked for the Houston Press, the Post and the Chronicle, died of a heart attack at age 65 Saturday.
Flynn experienced chest pains and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died about 4 a.m. April 20.
Flynn grew up in Dallas, graduated from what is now the University of North Texas and spent most of the '70s covering courts and cops for the now-defunct Post, where he also became an editor.
He worked for the San Diego Union-Tribune throughout the '80s before returning to Houston to work at the Chronicle.
He worked as an editor at the Houston Press from 1998 to 2005. Besides mentoring many young reporters as to how to dig up and report a story, Flynn was known for his sometimes corny wit -- a story meeting rarely ended without featuring a groan-inducing pun from Flynn.
"George Flynn was a true original and a real friend," said Houston Press Editor Margaret Downing. "I enjoyed working with him as my managing editor and last year he did a cover story for us that got a lot of attention and was in the best tradition of shining a light. It's difficult to believe he's gone -- he and I had been trading e-mails over new story possibilities for the past several weeks. He was a man of many interests and abilities and had an irrepressible curiosity."
He's survived by his wife, Cindy Gabriel; two brothers, Tom Flynn of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Mike Flynn of Phoenix; a sister, Nancy Bamberger of San Diego; and two stepdaughters, Laura and Julia Gabriel of Houston.
Services are pending; we'll update when we get more information.
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Update: Services will be held Monday, April 29 at 2:00 pm at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer in Houston, Texas 77027.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George's honor to Funders Together to End Homelessness.
Greater Houston Community Foundation 5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000 Houston, TX 77056 On the memo line: FTEH Earl Hatcher (George Flynn, Jr. )