83R3863 BK-D
  By: Harper-Brown H.R. No. 196
         WHEREAS, A full and generous life drew to a close with the
  death of Francis Xavier Flatley of Irving on January 3, 2013, at the
  age of 84; and
         WHEREAS, Frank Flatley was born in Boston in 1928 to Irish
  immigrants Margaret Kelly and Patrick James Flatley; the oldest of
  13 children, he had many happy memories of gathering with his
  younger siblings to hear his father play Irish tunes; he graduated
  from St. Mary's Catholic School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and
  was subsequently accepted to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in
  Kings Point, New York; and
         WHEREAS, After graduating, Mr. Flatley proudly served his
  country as a naval officer aboard the USS Kula Gulf; at the end of
  the Korean War, he began working aboard Texaco oil tankers and was
  later employed with Caltex for nearly four decades; he relocated to
  the Dallas area when Caltex moved its headquarters to Irving and
  remained there for the rest of his life; in his later years, he
  worked as a reservations agent for American Airlines, where he was
  warmly regarded by his coworkers for his sense of humor and cheerful
  personality; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Flatley enjoyed a rewarding marriage of more
  than three decades with his first wife, Elda Bello, who passed away
  in 1982; fortunate enough to find love again, he met Paula Fuller
  Bowman on a blind date to a Dallas Cowboys game; they married in
  1988, and after Mr. Flatley's retirement, the two traveled and
  enjoyed an active social life; they took great pride in their
  blended family, and Mr. Flatley was affectionately known as "Pop"
  to their many grandchildren; and
         WHEREAS, A devout Catholic, Mr. Flatley attended Mass
  regularly and served as a reader and a Eucharistic minister at
  St. Michael's Catholic Church in Bedford, at the University of
  Dallas, and at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Irving; he was also a
  member of the Serra Foundation, which promotes vocations in the
  Catholic priesthood; in addition, this dynamic Texan served as
  president of the Irving Symphony Orchestra Association and was an
  active member of the Rotary Club of Irving; he and his wife also
  supported local theater and orchestra productions, as well as
  TexasFest, a fund-raiser for the Irving Healthcare Foundation; for
  his dedicated volunteerism, Mr. Flatley received the Irving High
  Spirited Citizen Award; and
         WHEREAS, With his kind and caring ways, Frank Flatley
  immeasurably enriched the lives of countless people, and they will
  forever hold him close in their hearts; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of Francis Xavier
  Flatley and extend sincere sympathy to the members of his family: to
  his wife, Paula Flatley; to his children, Gary Flatley, David
  Flatley and his wife, Nan, Elizabeth Pia Richard and her husband,
  Jeffrey, and Brian Flatley; to his stepchildren, Bret Bowman and
  his wife, Deirdre, and Catherine Bowman Bundick and her husband,
  Joel; to his grandchildren, Christopher, Kaitlyn, Meaghan, Kevin,
  Michaela, Monica, and Mathew Flatley, Melissa Malmberg, Andrew
  Costello, Elizabeth Bowman, Brittany, Blaise, and Gabrielle
  Richard, Christine Dixon, and Garrett and Grayson Bundick; to his
  brothers, James Flatley and his wife, Mary, Thomas Flatley and his
  wife, Dorothy, William Flatley and his wife, Louise, Paul Flatley
  and his wife, Joan, the Reverend Brian Flatley, and Kevin Flatley
  and his wife, Cheri; to his sisters, Ellen Corey, Monica McIntyre
  and her husband, Dr. James McIntyre, Sister Mary Flatley, Catherine
  Peters, and Virginia Butler; to his brother-in-law, Dr. Frank
  Pomer; and to his other relatives and friends; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Francis
  Xavier Flatley.