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Memorial Service Saturday for Laraine Stiles Flynn, Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, GHS Alumnus

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GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (March 1, 2017) CNBNEWSnet--Laraine Stiles Flynn, of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Gloucester City NJ, passed away on February 17, 2017, following a brief illness. She was 73.  

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(courtesy of Camden County)

 

Laraine graduated in 1961 from Gloucester City High School. A star athlete Laraine excel in basketball, baseball, and field hockey.  In 2013 she was honored for her athleticism and inducted into the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame.  A brief history video of her sport's accomplishments appears below. 

After graduating from Gloucester High School in 1961, Laraine went to work at Campbell Soup Company and continued there for 28 years.  She married her childhood sweetheart, Bill Flynn in 1969 and took over Bill’s family business, “Bill Flynn Sport Shop” on Broadway.  Laraine and Bill divorced in 1989 and Laraine decided to start her life over and headed to South Florida, Boca Raton to be exact.  She worked for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office until her retirement in July of 2005.  She then ran a small bicycle rental business and did what she wanted when she wanted.

Bob Kenney, a sports writer for the Courier-Post, wrote the following at the time Laraine was inducted into the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame.

“A legendary female athlete, one of the greatest in state history, Laraine held

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Laraine Stiles Flynn (courtesy of Camden County)

every South Jersey scoring record in both field hockey and basketball.  The dynamic left-hander is the only athlete to be selected to halls of fame in three different sports – basketball, softball and field hockey.  Laraine continued her hockey career after high school competing in the West Jersey’s Women’s League.  She was selected to the New Atlantic All-star Squad six times and was an All-American for the U.S. Field Hockey squad at the age of 19.  Although only 5’2’’, Laraine was an exceptional basketball player who could shoot a jumper from 30 feet out.   During her high school basketball career, Laraine’s average in her junior year was 35.1 points. Her total points over her four years in high school was 1,703.”

 

During high school, GHS did not have girls softball but later Laraine played for the legendary Camden RCA team and was the team’s leading scorer.  She also played for the Gloucester City VFW, The Gloucester Fillies, Campbell Soup the Olney Kaydettes, and the White Tower Marauders.  She hit .808 for Campbell Soup one season.

“I just loved to play,” Laraine said. 

If you were lucky enough to know Laraine, you’ll always remember her quiet demeanor and gently spoken voice.  She had a kind word and a smile for everyone she met. 

A memorial mass for Laraine will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Gloucester City on Saturday, March 4 at 10 a.m.   Family and friends can extend their condolences while sharing special memories of Laraine.

 

 

 

source Camden County

 

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