'Everybody knew Bobby': Family and friends mourn loss of former state senator

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Sep 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-23 18:11:21-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Things won’t be the same at Sayre Christian Village. 95-year-old Bobby Flynn, a resident there, passed away on Thursday.

“Everybody knew Bobby,” said Karen Venis, who runs the assisted living facility.

Flynn lived at SCV with his wife of 76 years. Their son, Doug, a former Major League Baseball player, serves on the Sayre Christian board.

“He sees with his own eyes the importance of the work we do,” Venis said.

Bobby Flynn spent a good deal of his life in the public sector. After coming home following a stint in the military, he was elected to the State Senate and Lexington City Council. Later in life, he became a trusted friend to those who cover Kentucky basketball while managing the press room at Rupp Arena. He also spent time working at Keeneland.

“His humor, his mannerisms, and his wit were very refreshing,” Venis said before telling a story about Flynn’s secret talent. It’s one he was able to enjoy well into his nineties.

“Great piano player! In fact, there was one Sunday after church services, and you hear this piano and turn the corner, and there’s Bobby, playing the piano,” Venis recalled.

Around here, they’ll miss the music and the man.

“Bobby and his sweet bride have been staples on this campus,” Venis added.

Funeral services for Bobby Flynn will be held next Tuesday, September 27 at 2:30 at Kerr Brothers on Harrodsburg Road. Visitation hours will be offered on Monday from 4-8 pm, and on Tuesday from 12:30 – 2:30. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Flynn is hoping contributions can be made to Sayre Christian Village.