John Flanzer R.I.P.

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A very special man, friend and colleague from the days when I sat on the Board of Mountain Lake PBS (WCFE). Erudite, charming gentleman and with a special sense of humour.

MORRISONVILLE — John Flanzer, 63, of Morrisonville, devoted father and lifelong Cubs fan, passed away on Aug. 30, 2012, with his children at his side at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill.

John was born November 17, 1948, in Chicago to Harold and Gloria Flanzer. He attended high school at North Shore Country Day where he developed a love for literature, and later graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Kenyon College with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in English. He also held a Masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

After employment as a high school English teacher and a television news reporter in the Midwest, John moved to the Plattsburgh area in 1979, to take a position at Mountain Lake PBS, where he met many of his closest friends. John was a familiar on air presence during PBS fundraising, although he also worked behind the scenes to select and develop programing and see the station through periods of leadership transition. Following his public broadcasting career, John worked in NBT Banks Trust and Investment Division and relished driving along windy Adirondack roads to meet with clients.

John served on a number of nonprofit boards dedicated to enriching the lives of others in the North Country, and was recognized in 2003, with the Lillian B. Redcay Award for outstanding contributions by a volunteer to community mental health services.

John will be missed dearly by his mother Gloria Flanzer, brother and sister Peter and Jane Flanzer, three children, Andrew, Tristan, and Samantha Flanzer, and daughters-in-law Maire and Elissa Flanzer.

A private burial was held in Skokie, Ill., and a memorial service is being planned for Plattsburgh in the coming weeks.

Donations in John’s memory may be made to Behavioral Health Services North, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, or Traditional Arts in Upstate New York.


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