Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Elyria °


Assistant county prosecutor dies


ELYRIA – Assistant County Prosecutor Robert Flanagan, who had been battling lung cancer, suffered a medical emergency at his office this morning and died a short time later at EMH Elyria Medical Center, according to County Prosecutor Dennis Will.

Flanagan’s co-workers at the prosecutor’s office offered assistance and paramedics arrived “very quickly,” Will said.

“He was a skilled attorney and dedicated public servant and employee and a good co-worker,” Will said.

Flanagan, 52, of Elyria, worked in the civil division handling civil lawsuits and representing the county commissioners and other public officials, Will said.

Flanagan is survived by his wife, Michelle, and four children ranging from 11 to 25, Will said.

Lorain County Coroner Paul Matus called Flanagan “a wonderful, very competent and thorough prosecutor.”

“He was a pleasure to work with and I am personally devastated,” Matus said. “To a person in the prosecutor’s office, I am sure they are having difficulty dealing with this tremendous loss.”

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