Obituaries

Thomas M. Flaherty

September 23rd, 2014

Thomas M. Flaherty, age 75, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on September 22, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Tom was born on November 7, 1938, in Boston, MA; he was an identical twin to his brother Joseph and son of the late Thomas J. and Aurelia A. (LaVoie) Flaherty. Tom was raised in Roxbury, MA.

Tom married the love of his life, “his bride,” Marion C. Nielsen on November 13, 1965. Tom and Marion lived in Dorchester for several years before moving to Wilmington in August of 1976; Tom loved his home in the “country” and enjoyed working around his yard. Tom and Marion raised two beautiful daughters Lorraine and Christine; Tom cherished his role as a “dad” and he was always there with his unconditional love and support for his family.

Tom and Marion were inseparable for nearly 50 years of marriage; they enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and Bar Harbor, Maine, taking long walks along the Ipswich River, spending time playing cribbage or watching Patriots and Bruins games over the years. They were always together and were truly “best friends”.

When Tom became a grandfather to his five grandsons; Tyler, Justin, Calvin, Trevor, and Kyle, his whole world became a lot brighter. Tom cherished the times he spent with the boys playing baseball, football, teaching them how to punt, and going fishing. Tom attended all of the boys’ school activities and sporting events; he was always their biggest fan.

Prior to retiring, Tom worked as a heavy machine and crane operator for the Amstar Domino Sugar Company.

Tom will be fondly be remembered for his great sense of humor. He was kind, strong, caring, and always doing for others. His devotion to his family and friends was always his priority and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Tom was the beloved husband of Marion C. (Nielsen) Flaherty, devoted father of Lorraine A. Murray of Merrimac, MA and Christine M. Breen & her husband Greg of Wilmington, MA, loving “Gramps” of Tyler, Justin, Calvin, Trevor, and Kyle, son of the late Thomas J. and Aurelia A. (LaVoie) Flaherty, brother of Barbara Gove of Hanover, the late Carol Nagel, Helen Pitman, and his twin brother Joseph Flaherty. Tom is further survived by nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, September 29th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, September 28th from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Thomas’ name may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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6 Entries in Guest Book for “Thomas M. Flaherty”

  1. Diane Neas (calhoun) says:

    mario, Lorraine and Christine I am sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I will always remember the water balloon fights and buckets of water fights we had in the neighborhood.

  2. Jim Frawley says:

    I’ll miss seeing you at the “Santa Party”…it was always nice to chat with you before Santa & the kids took over the room. We will be sure to raise a toast to you this coming December. Rest peacefully.

  3. Kathy Walsh says:

    Lorraine and Family – I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and our whole family.

  4. Kelly (Hersom) Michaud says:

    Lorraine and family, sorry to hear of your loss. It’s been years since I’v seen you. Take care of your mom.

    Kelly & Jack Michaud

  5. Pam Haubner D'Agostino says:

    Marion, my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I have many fond memories of hanging out with you and “Roo”. Tom was such a great guy! You two were made for each other, the love you shared was something most people only dream of. I will keep you in my prayers.
    Love,
    Pam (Haubner) D’Agostino

  6. Carmen & Al says:

    Dear Marion and girls, We sure will miss him, His great sense of humor and willingness to help out around the grounds when I was unable to keep up. Love, Carmen

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