Plymouth: Fundraiser planned for late Manomet Elementary custodian

Everywhere Vic Hansen turned, he heard good things about Chet Flattery, the late custodian at Manomet Elementary in Plymouth.

“When we heard that he had passed away,” Hansen said, “He had two daughters and a wife left behind, the first thing that we did was call to action and say ‘what can we do to help?’”

Flattery died earlier this month as he was cleaning floors in the school, due to an odor that’s still under investigation. Hansen didn’t know Flattery personally, but he talked to some people who did.

“I called one of the heads of Rainbow in the area, John Michado, and I asked him if he knew him, and he was almost in tears because his family was close with Chet,” Hansen said. “I talked to a gentleman, Jeff Cohen over at One Stop Painting, and the first thing he said was that he was a great guy and something needs to be done for him.”

Hansen is a member of the Free Masons in Plymouth, which was already planning on doing an event this October.

“We had an Octoberfest planned at the lodge, October 4th,” Hansen said. “We decided to turn that into a benefit for Chet’s family.”

In the interim, they’re looking for any help at all.

“Anything you want to give. Time, money, if you have any kind of provisions you think would go good at an Octoberfest that you think you’d be willing to provide, cook, prepare, set up, build, donate, whatever you’d like to do we’d take it from you and be happy to do so.”

You can get in touch with Vic at his email address, .

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About Steve Burns

Steve comes to the South Shore by way of the Jersey Shore. Upon arriving at Emerson College in Boston back in 2010, and eventual graduation in 2014, Steve was immediately attracted to radio as an outlet for his reporting. Previous stops before the South Shore include WOBM on the Jersey Shore, WCCM in the Merrimack Valley, an internship at CBS Radio News' flagship station, WCBS 880 in New York City, and a few formative years at Emerson's WERS.