Michael Flanagan, who has died at the age of 65, was a well-known resident of Knowlton and East Bolton for the past 25 years. Always known as Mike, he and his wife Jane Livingston ran JL Flanagan’s General Store on Victoria at Maple, and before that restored and ran the Baker Pond Inn.

Mike was born in Arundel in the Laurentians and grew up in Rosemere. He graduated from Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, followed by a Master’s degree from McGill. Mike was a trained geologist and worked in the Canadian mining industry. He and his wife ran Flanagan’s store until 2008 when he was first diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“He was an avid sailor and kept an Osprey at the Marina,” said his wife, Jane. “He was a level 2 ski instructor and, in his youth, taught at Tremblant. During our time in the Townships, he taught advanced skiers at Mt. Glen.”

Mike was a board member of MECA (Mount Echo Conservation Authority) for many years and served as president for the past two years.

“He was a loving and caring husband, father, and friend to many,” wrote the family. It is a sentiment all who knew him will agree with.

Michael Flanagan is survived by his wife Jane, their sons Tristan and Beavan and granddaughter Claire.