John Patrick Flynn, called "J.P." by friends and family, was a Colgate University junior majoring in geography with a minor in economics who had joined the Syracuse University DIPA program for a semester of study in London. He was returning home to his family for Christmas having completed that semester. He leaves his parents, Jack and Kathleen; a brother, Brian; two sisters, Christine and Kerry; and both grandmothers.
J.P. was an all-around athlete who was captain of his tennis and basketball teams at the Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey. He was a football quarterback who, in the course of his high school athletic career, earned 10 varsity letters.
At Colgate he was a brother in the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and is described by classmates as a well-liked person who made friends easily. He was leaning towards a career in his father's field, banking.
His favorite quote, "Losses are a part of life...It's what you do with these losses that counts...One should not get caught up in one's little defeats." (Senator Bill Bradley) Fr. Bruno, the Headmaster of Delbarton, summed up J.P.'s potential, "He could have made a difference."
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