David Flanagan has died on Thursday 14 October 2021, at age 74 after battling cancer.
A family spokesman dropped a statement on Thursday. The statement reads:
“It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of David T. Flanagan,” his family said in a statement Thursday. “David loved the state of Maine and the indelible spirit of all Mainers, a characteristic he himself held so well to the end. Details of a memorial service in honor of David will be announced in the coming days.”
Flanagan who ran for governor served as president of the University of Southern Maine and earned a reputation as a turnaround specialist.
Flanagan declared in August that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the fall of 2020 and had been receiving treatment at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Augusta.
In August, he moved to an advisory role with the company, and Joseph Purington was appointed president and CEO.
Sen. Angus King, who was Maine’s governor during the ice storm of 1998 made a statement following the death of Flanagan:
“David Flanagan was a friend, a leader, and a solid citizen of Maine – and, in the midst of a crisis, he was the partner you wanted by your side,” King said. “The Ice Storm of 1998 was one of the most serious challenges our state has ever faced – and during that perilous moment, David was tireless in working to help Maine people in need. We weren’t in touch on a daily basis; we were in touch on an hourly basis, keeping each other updated on the work underway and the problems that still needed attention. David’s contributions to this effort were so vital that I once interrupted a live television interview to answer his call, with no hesitation whatsoever.”
“David’s resolve and strength under pressure were a testament to his fierce commitment and his wide range of skills honed by a career dedicated to public service,” King continued. “He leaves behind a massive legacy, impacting every aspect of Maine from the government to education to the state’s largest utility – and through his efforts, he made our state a demonstrably better place to live. Mary and I will miss him deeply, and we are holding his wife Kaye and all of his loved ones in our hearts.”
Gov. Janet Mills release a statement on Thursday:
“David Flanagan was a proven problem solver; an honest troubleshooter; a corporate and community activist; an investigator of ice storms and institutions of higher learning; an expert on the Washington County economy, cyber security clusters, public reserved lands, utility deregulation, spruce budworm epidemics, public housing, early childhood education and ships in bottles,” Mills said. “In our fifty years of friendship, I always saw in him the same spirit of adventure, inquiry, and honesty as when we first met. His loss is devastating to me and to the State of Maine. I offer my deepest condolences to his wife, Kaye, to his colleagues, and to his community during this difficult time.”