OBITUARY: Ovide ‘Nick’ Flannery, 91

Ovide “Nick” Flannery of South Hadley was peacefully called home Sunday morning, Oct. 30, 2022.

Nick was born in Boston to the late Francis and Marie (Paquette) Flannery on Sept. 23, 1931. Nick grew up in Somerville with his late brother, Phil. He graduated from Boston College High in 1949.

Ovide ‘Nick’ Flannery

During the Korean War, he enlisted in the Army. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he went on to earn his accounting degree from Bentley College. He would go on to earn his master’s degree in finance/accounting from Suffolk University.

In 1966, he brought his wife and children to South Hadley, as he accepted a job at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He spent his entire work career in their treasury department until retirement.

Nick was an avid Red Sox fan, as well as a UMass football fan (where he was a season ticket holder). He loved photography and was also a ham radio operator.

Nick loved taking vacations with his family to Salisbury Beach and Wells, Maine throughout the years. He was also a member of the United Veterans of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and was honored as their veteran of the year in 2011.

Nick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth (Bette) Reddig; his children, Dianne and her husband, Jeff Walsh, of Holyoke; Suzanne and her husband, Kevin Kelly, of Granby; and Robert (Bob) Flannery of Papillion, Nebraska.

Nick also leaves his grandchildren, Jennifer and her husband, Dan Otero, of Naples, Florida; Amanda and her husband, Phil DiBuono, of Marblehead; Alyssa Flannery and her fiancée, Aaron Coburn, of Lincoln, Nebraska; Margaret Walsh and her partner, Michael Kittredge, of Leverett, Massachusetts; Ryan Walsh of San Francisco; and Emily Flannery and her partner, Davis Coenen, of La Vista, Nebraska.

Nick also leaves his three great0grandchildren, Camden and Reilly DiBuono of Marblehead, and Brecken Coburn of Lincoln, Nebraska.

The funeral was held Monday, Nov. 7, followed by a committal service with military honors will at the Mass Veterans’ Cemetery in Agawam.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at For more information or to make online condolences, please go to

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