Joseph J. Flavin, age 59, died at his residence in Honolulu, HI, on 24 May, 2013, from an apparent accidental overdose of his prescription medication.
Joseph was born on September 4, 1953, in Watertown, NY, the son of the late Thomas M. Flavin and Thelma E. Pharaoh.
He is survived by his brother and wife, T. Michael and Elfriede E. Flavin, twin Sisters Sally E. Flavin, Buffalo, and Susan C. Flavin, Watertown; eight nieces and nephews, and nine grand nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his Aunt and Uncles, Marjorie M. Flavin, Watertown; Jefferson J. and Helga Flavin, Florida; Patrick Flavin, Oklahoma; Kenneth Hap Monica, David Pharaoh, Elsie Jobson, Watertown; Doris Hall, Dexter; Donald and Sonja Rutherford, Smithville and many cousins.
He other brother Timothy P. Flavin, was killed by a truck, by a driver, who had a few beers, in 1969.
Joe attended schools in Watertown and Brownville.
He was employed through the auspices of the JRC, and worked as a building cleans and maintenance worker for over twenty years at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, on Massey St., Watertown.
He greatly enjoyed fishing with his parents at their camp at Guffins Bay, and later on at Little Birch Island, in the St. Lawrence River, Goose Bay area.
He also traveled with his parents around the USA by RV and lived with them when they relocated to both Florida, and South Carolina, for a time.
He was a great help to his parents in their later years when they became very ill.
When Joe was less than two years old he was stricken with spinal meningitis, which almost killed him. From then on he suffered from some mental impairment, temperament problems and epileptic type seizures that required lifelong medication.
Those that knew him, and understood him, found him to be a testy, but likeable person.
When his mother died of cancer, Joseph became more moody. When his father died a few years later he became distraught.
Two years later he disappeared and was found through a missing persons filing, to be living in Honolulu, HI.
As the local authorities considered him free and over the age of consent, no action could be taken to return Joseph to his family in Watertown, unless he consented to do so.
As far as his family can determine he lived as a homeless person for up to two years on the beaches of Honolulu, in a hut; until the governor of Hawaii initiated a program to get the homeless off the beaches, and into proper shelter.
He was then placed in the care of a health center similar to our local JRC, and was later managed by a private health care manager.
According to conversations with the Honolulu Medical Examiner, Joseph was being treated as a bi-polar patient (Schizophrenia), which as far as his family knew, he was never treated for while he lived here in Watertown.
One can only conjecture that Joseph probably succumbed from accidently taking a medication (olanzapine) that he did not fully understand what he was taking.
Circumstances in conjunction with his death are now under investigation by the Key Bank Fraud investigating office, the Local Social Services, and the Honolulu police, for possible elder abuse.
No other answers, other than what is on his death certificate, have been forthcoming.
Burial of his cremated remains will be at the Sanford Corners Cemetery in the family plot, September 9, 2013, at 11am.
There will be no graveside services, but if you would like to say goodbye to Joseph, you will be welcomed.
If you would like to remember Joseph in prayer, please contact the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Watertown, or the Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville, for a memorial pronouncement at mass.