John Flint

August 22, 1939 ~ November 24, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

John Flint Obituary

John Napier Flint was born on August 22, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois to Clarissa Lewis Flint (née Dyer) and Noel Leslie Flint. He was a mischievous younger brother to Deborah and Clarissa. He attended The Latin School in Chicago as a child. Ever the quintessential prankster, John was asked to leave The Taft School in Connecticut after one year and settled at the Verde Valley School in Sedona, Arizona where he thrived from 1955-1958. He then moved to Providence, Rhode Island where he attended Brown University to study Art History and Political Science. He married Bonnie “Ann” Bray in 1959 and they welcomed David and Lisa in 1959 and 1962 respectively.

The family relocated to Evanston, Illinois in 1967 where John attended Northwestern for his Master’s in Sociology and a minor in Military History. John was a vocal anti-war advocate during the Vietnam War, and he led teach-ins at the University. After graduation, he remained in Evanston where he worked as an engineering liaison at Signode, then as a marketing manager at a stainless steel piping company, all while raising his family.

Ann was an international folk dancer who joined a local Chicago troupe. John would attend their events and made many friends, including John Semmlow, who became a life-long friend. After John and Ann separated in 1976, John diligently taught himself to cook and this became a lasting pleasure for him. He relocated to Chicago where he refurbished miniature rooms for the Art Institute and found work building architectural models for major Chicago firms.

On December 31, 1981 John Semmlow invited John to a New Year’s Eve party in Princeton, New Jersey where he introduced him to Lynne Platt. John often said that he knew right away he wanted to marry her. John made the move to New Jersey in October 1983 and never looked back. He loved to tell the story of how he asked Lynne to marry him every day for two years until she finally agreed. They married on March 23, 1986.

John lost his sister Deborah to breast cancer in 1987. His mother Clarissa “Granny Missy” passed away in 1988. After two difficult years of loss, John and Lynne happily welcomed Courtney in 1989. In the 1990s and 2000s, John built his own small business doing home renovation and designing kitchen remodels. During Courtney’s early years, John’s flexible work schedule allowed him to be a primary caregiver, and he took great joy and pride in this role.

Throughout his life John enjoyed playing sports including Hockey, Tennis, Baseball, Volleyball, Basketball, Handball, Fencing, Racquetball and later on, Pickleball. He also nurtured many hobbies including drawing, historical miniature painting, woodworking, photography, travel, cooking, mixology, listening to classical music and building miniature rooms.

John’s historical miniatures were displayed at Spaulding & Co. (a Tiffany & Co. competitor). They sold his pieces to collectors around the world for decades. He designed, built and refinished furniture and collected art and antiques. He was an avid and voracious reader of non-fiction and was known to complete the Sunday New York Times Crossword in pen.

John was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2023. He was adamant about fighting the illness and endured a lobectomy in April, four rounds of chemotherapy over the summer, and a daily regimen of a targeted biological medication beginning in September. His prognosis for recovery was positive and he looked forward to making another trip to Europe in 2024.

However, in the wee hours of the morning on Friday November 24th, at the age of 84, John dozed off while reading a book on the sofa and never opened his eyes. He is survived by his wife Lynne, sister Clarissa, children David, Lisa, and Courtney, son-in-law Chris, grandchildren John, Scott, Sam, Evelyn, and Beatrice, granddaughter-in-law Selma and great-grandson Miles.

A celebration of John's life is being planned for the Spring of 2024. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in John's name to World Central Kitchen, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, or Doctors Without Borders which were all charities close to his heart.




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