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John T. Flood

Issue Date: June 9, 2022

John Timothy Flood, 63, recently of Temple Terrace, FL and Oconomowoc, WI, passed away unexpectedly with his beloved wife Gayathri at his side on Friday, May 13th in Temple Terrace.

JT, as he was commonly known, was born on October 23, 1958, to John (JW) and Lucille Flood and grew up in Wausaukee. He was a 1976 graduate of Wausaukee High School, and was most proud of his fellow Rangers and their prowess on the M&O Conference gridirons.

John went on to earn his Bachelors of Business in Accounting degree from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and his Masters of Business Administration from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. He was also a Certified Public Accountant.

John had retired from J&L Fiber Services of Waukesha in January of 2021, and was thoroughly enjoying retirement. He and Gayathri had recently completed a trip to Zion National Park and Las Vegas, and another from Oconomowoc to Kansas City and then to Big Bend via Alpine, TX. John and Gayathri had several more in various stages of planning on the drawing board. John loved to travel, with some of his more memorable journeys being to Ireland, India, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Thailand and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

John had worked for many years in various Accounting positions in companies related to the auto industry, in Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Rochester and Asheville, before settling in Oconomowoc.

John was an interesting fellow of numerous and varied interests who was a quick study, picking up details and analyzing situations at lightning speed. Most impressive was his near photographic memory, which rarely failed him.

John loved a good party, and enjoyed getting together with fraternity brothers and old friends and family frequently. John enjoyed hiking on the Ice Age Trail, and bicycle riding around the countryside near his Silver Lake home and on trails in Florida. He was also an avid golfer for most of his life, earning several victories in his fathers annual golf tournament held at McCauslin Brook Golf Club in Lakewood.

John was also a passionate Packers and Brewers fan, often attending multiple home games each year, frequently with longtime friend Bill Meyers or family including his son Adam and grandson Kane.

He will be fondly remembered for his "now there's a dagger" calls when he felt the Packers had a game in hand and couldn't lose. He also enjoyed the occasional trip to Beloit, to catch the Snappers/Sky Carp in action. He never failed to pull out his scorebook, as he recorded the action of the game. Though he was never known to have played, he also served as the treasurer of the Milwaukee Hurling Club for a number of years.

John was an avid and eclectic music lover, and a very proficient guitar player. After retiring, JT teamed up with the nonprofit, Guitars 4 Vets, to help expand the healing reach of music to America's veterans struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury and other wounds of foreign wars (VFW).

John also loved to read, and was fascinated by history and genealogy. He was the de facto Flood family historian and genealogist. John possessed the perfect personality for this appointment, as he was outgoing and gregarious, and fostered lasting relationships with many of his relatives, including several in Ireland, Germany and India and many spread far and wide across the United States.

He was known for his annual tributes to family members who had served, sending out biannual emails on Memorial Day and Veterans Day honoring those who served our nation with military service. He also served as an Honor Flight Guardian, accompanying an elderly veteran to our National's capital on at least one occasion. Anyone wishing information on the Flood or related families should check out John's work on Ancestory.com

Survivors include John's wife Gayathri; his son, Adam Jankowski (Amanda) of Two Creeks, WI; grandchildren, Kane and Lily and brothers, Richard (Anne) of Carmel, Indiana, William (Maria) of San Antonio, Texas and Kevin of Niagara, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James.

If there is a message one can take from John's life and untimely death, it is to never take a single day for granted, and live each day as if it is your last. John was taken from us way too soon, and we will miss him immensely.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Jerome's Catholic Church, 995 S. Silver Lake Street, Oconomowoc, WI on Friday, June 17th at 11 a.m.


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