SKOWHEGAN – Everett B. Flannery, Jr., 64, passed away peacefully on Jan. 22, 2023 at his home in Skowhegan.
Everett was born in Waterville in 1958 to the late Everett (Sr.) and Gloria (Pease) Flannery. He grew up in Winslow, and graduated Winslow High School in 1976, where he was a star athlete in football, basketball and baseball. Soon after graduation he pursued his passion of law enforcement and graduated from the 40th Municipal and County Basic Police School in 1981.
After graduation, Everett began his law enforcement career at the Madison Police Department, but six months later moved on to the Waterville Police Department. His first assignment was a patrol officer, including a walking beat in Waterville’s South End. As a patrol officer, he began to develop meaningful relationships with the citizenry including exercising one of his most attributable assets: trust. He promoted to juvenile detective, where he investigated juvenile crimes and crimes against children. He took the role seriously and always sought justice through suspect confessions to avoid having the child testify in court. His career in Waterville lasted 12 years, including a five-month stint as acting chief in 1990.
In 1992, he was hired onto the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office as the Chief Deputy, under Sheriff Frank Hackett. He served as sheriff from October 2001 through January 2007. Everett continued to work for the Sheriff’s Office as Chief Deputy under various sheriffs who retained him for his expertise in law enforcement, policy and personnel.
During his career at the Sheriff’s Office he pursued two bachelor’s degrees; one in public administration and the other in information technology, both from the University of Maine at Augusta. He began his educational career at UMA in 1978, earning an associate degree in criminal justice.
In 2013, Everett retired from the Sheriff’s Office to spend more time with his beloved wife Jayne and his granddaughters, Madilyn and Evelyn. In retirement he continued to consult for various law enforcement agencies across the state as well as work for JPMA Staff Development Solutions and then Lexipol’s Police One Academy. Along with law enforcement, he had a passion for information technology and was particularly computer savvy.
Throughout his life he intensely loved his family. He coached little league baseball and learned the game of hockey to coach and referee that as well to spend those special times with his sons. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and four-wheeling with his family. Outdoor activities were a special time to teach and connect with his children. Everett and Jayne enjoyed many four-wheeling trips in northern Maine. Everett was an animal lover and had numerous cats and dogs throughout the years that he adored. The animals he and Jayne cared for could do no wrong!
Everett is survived by his loving wife Jayne, who over the years cared for him as his health declined. Her time and devotion to Everett will never be forgotten. He is survived by sons Everett (III) and wife Kate, Ian and wife Hannah; stepson Darrick Pratt and step daughter Beth Huston and husband Don; sisters Brenda Patkus, Theresa Weston and husband Dana. Everett held a special place in his heart for his granddaughters Madilyn and Evelyn whom he adored and would relentlessly tease until he was satisfied with the amount of laughter he would create.
A celebration of life will be held on Feb. 7 at the Federated Church, Island Avenue in Skowhegan at 1 pm For those that cannot attend, there is an available livestream option via web address https://venue.streamspot.com/8277a5de . There will be refreshments and snacks available following the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to:
Somerset Humane Society;
American Diabetes Association;
Maine Sheriff’s Association or: a law enforcement non-profit of your preference
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