Chicago native Patrick J. Flavin, 74, former chairman and president of Maywood Park, died Thursday, Sept. 19, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he had resided since 1993.
Born and raised on Chicago's West Side, Mr. Flavin attended Loyola University, worked for IBM, then, in the mid 1960s, started an innovative computer software design firm, American Data Centre. Through the years, ADC expanded to include services for cable TV systems, printing and racetrack ownership. A subsidiary, Horseman's Guarantee Corporation of America Inc., created the bookkeeping services for the horse racing industry, providing staffing for the track and streamling the distribution of purses to winners. The company still services all the racetracks in the Chicago area.
In the early 1970s, ADC was the first to develop software to handle off-track betting operations in New York. In 1979, Mr. Flavin purchased a significant interest in Maywood Park. For over 15 years he owned and operated Bentbrook Farm, outside of Louisville, Ky., where he bred Thoroughbreds. He raced horses in the U.S., England, Ireland and France, and was a regular at the Kentucky Derby. Mr. Flavin's horse Doc Ryan won the Edinburgh Gold Cup in Scotland and for the first time in its 180 year history, the cup resided in the United States.
After moving to Florida, Mr. Flavin became active in the Fort Lauderdale community, developing iconic businesses including The Village Zoo, RJ's Landing, the Riviera Hotel on A1A, and in 2000, Bahia Cabana Beach Resort. He was often the one behind the quiet philanthropy at Catholic institutions, especially Cardinal Gibbons High School and St. Coleman Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale, and various organizations in Chicago. Without fanfare, he donated and distributed 2,500 teddy bears to first graders in Fort Lauderdale for Christmas, and established scholarships for children of employees suffering hardships.
Mr. Flavin is survived by his wife of 34 years, Tish; five daughters, Eleanor Flavin, Susan Flavin-Finney (John), Julie (Harry) Crawford, Kris (David) Cauble, Mary Kate (Rich) Pratt; two sons, J.J. Flavin and Shamus Flavin; and five grandchildren: Tyler and Abby Cauble, Graham Crawford, Olivia and Audrey Pratt; eleven nieces and nephews.A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m., in St. Coleman Catholic Church, 1200 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, Fla., 33062. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Mr. Flavin's memory are suggested to St. Coleman Catholic Church. Arrangements entrusted to Kalis-McIntee Funeral & Cremation Center, 954-566-7621. Online condolences at KalisMcintee.com.