Anne Flinn

Obituary of Anne Flinn

Inverness / Halifax / Chester Anne Adelaide (Grant) Flinn, 90, passed away peacefully at Halifax on Saturday, September 10, 2022. Born in Port Hawkesbury on June 17, 1932, Anne was the daughter of the late Allan and Alice (Donahue) Grant. She is survived by her sister Dr. Mary Grant, Halifax; sons Bruce (Teresa) Flinn, Halifax; Scott (Karen) Flinn, Fredericton and grandchildren Grant, Janice and Charlotte. Anne was predeceased by her parents and by her husband William George Flinn, sisters Teresa Grant and Elaine Grant and brothers Gerald Grant and Cyril Grant. She was educated at Holy Family Convent School in Inverness and at Mount Saint Bernard College at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. Prior to her marriage to William G. “Bill” Flinn in 1957, Anne worked at Trans Canada Airlines in Halifax. Early in their marriage, she and Bill moved to Montreal where they lived for six years before returning to Nova Scotia. From 1970 until 1994, Anne owned and operated The Warp & Woof Gifts and Gallery in Chester. Anne’s natural charm and creativity were key to the success of her business, which became part of the cultural fabric of the community. Starting in the 1970s, Anne served on the Board of Directors of Bonny Lea Farm in Chester. She was instrumental in the growth and development of that organization, where the Mrs. Anne Grant Flinn House marks her legacy. Most recently, Anne worked on the Finance Committee of St. Theresa’s Church in Halifax, where she has been a long-time parishioner. Anne approached her life with grace and humour. She took great delight in people and was always surrounded by laughter and love. She was a remarkable friend. Her empathy and her practical nature meant she was the first person called if someone needed advice or was going through a hard time. Her actions and decisions were always guided by the effect they would have on others. Anne was known for hosting gatherings of family and friends - most recently to celebrate her 90th birthday at Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton - and for organizing regular outings to movies, concerts and plays. She took great pleasure in her bridge club and maintained a keen interest in political affairs. Anne’s family are deeply grateful for the extraordinary outpouring of love and caring that were extended to her in recent weeks. A particular thank you to the staff and volunteers at Hospice Halifax for their wonderful kindness and their attention to comfort and dignity. The Holy Mass will be held on Thursday, September 22 at 2:00pm at St. Theresa’s Church, 6351 North St., Halifax. For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed at There will be no visitation by request. Burial will take place at Stella Maris cemetery, Inverness, at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial donations may be made to Bonny Lea Farm at or to the Scholarship Fund, Inverness Academy, Inverness, N.S., B0E 1N0.
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