Albert P. Flaherty

August 23, 2015

Albert P. Flaherty
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

Albert P. “Al” Flaherty- Ret. Captain, WPD, Of Burlington, Sunday, August 23rd. Beloved husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Cahill) Flaherty and the late Eileen (Delorey) Flaherty. Devoted father of Jean M. Starbile and her husband Paul of Wells, ME and Winter Heaven FL, Albert P. Flaherty and his wife Linda of Winchester, and Susan Flaherty of Derry NH. Loving Stepfather of Susan Branley and her husband Kenneth of Wilmington, Donald Galante and his wife Michelle of Easton, Mary Beth Laing and her husband Norman of Temecula CA, Barbara Hart and her husband Phillip of Burlington, Janet Galante of Woburn and Michael Galante and his wife Diane of Billerica. Dear brother of Doris Matter of Medford, Leo Flaherty of Everett, and the late Mary Maguire, Julia Mantere, Gladys Callahan, Theresa Gately, and Elizabeth Flaherty. Cherished grandfather of several grand and great grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday August 26th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Internment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday August 25th. Remembrances may be made in Al’s memory to: Institutional Advancement, Lahey Health 41 Mall Road Burlington, MA 01805.

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OBITUARY:

Albert P. “Al” Flaherty passed away at his home Saturday morning amongst his beloved family. The devoted husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Cahill) Flaherty and the late Eileen (Delorey) Flaherty, he was ninety one years of age.

Born in Woburn, he was one of eight children born to the late Martin and Julie Flaherty. Raised and educated in Woburn he was a graduate of Woburn High School with the Class of 1940. Following high school Al began working Mass Gear and Tools as a machinist.

In February of 1943, Al enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country ever so proudly. He landed in Normandy serving as a crewman in the Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. He continued on throughout Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe, during World War II.

Upon returning home he returned to his position as a machinist and soon after in 1948 he began his professional career with the Woburn Police Department. Al’s career scanned over thirty six years of dedicated service to our community. He began as patrolman and at every opportunity he availed himself to progressing through the ranks having retired in 1984 as Captain Albert P. Flaherty, Woburn Police Department, a job very well done.

Al married Eileen Delorey Flaherty with whom he shared his life with until her passing in 1976. They brought three children into the world, whom he was most devoted. In 1979 he married Betty Cahill, to whom he has been lovingly married to for over the last thirty six years. They were introduced through a mutual friend and their bond only grew stronger over the years. They shared very much the same interests, thoughts, and values. Betty’s children became his children and he shared his life with them all.

Long walks on the beach, simple pleasures at every opportunity! In 1984 he retired and they took up winter residence in Largo and Clearwater. It was there in Florida that they had joined in all the activities that were happening at their residence…..they had a ball! From November till April they had reaped the pleasures of a warm climate, only to return again to a warm climate at the familial place called home! Their home was the hub of family happenings! Gatherings for holidays, birthdays, or most any kind of celebration was held at the homestead. His grandchildren all called him “Al,” and each one has always had a very special place in his heart.

An honest, loving and caring man, he and Betty shared thirty six wonderful years. They couldn’t do enough for each other, but were very happy each and every day, making the best day possible

In addition to his parents Albert was sadly predeceased by his first wife Eileen (Delorey) Flaherty and his siblings Mary Maguire, Julia Mantere, Gladys Callahan, Theresa Gately, and Elizabeth Flaherty.

He is lovingly survived by his wife Betty; his children, Jean M. Starbile and her husband Paul of Wells, ME and Winter Heaven FL, Albert P. Flaherty and his wife Linda of Winchester, and Susan Flaherty of Derry NH; his stepchildren Susan Branley and her husband Kenneth of Wilmington, Donald Galante and his wife Michelle of Easton, Mary Beth Laing and her husband Norman of Temecula CA, Barbara Hart and her husband Phillip of Burlington, Janet Galante of Woburn and Michael Galante and his wife Diane of Billerica; his siblings Doris Matter of Medford and Leo Flaherty of Everett; and his several grand and great grandchildren.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday August 26th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Internment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday August 25th.

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  1. Flaherty family,

    Sorry to see the passing of Al. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

  2. To the Family of Al Flaherty,

    My mother, Margaret McEachern Murphy, was a classmate of Al’s and my Mom and Dad knew Al and the family for many, many years. My Mom is 92 yrs. old, still going strong and I know she would want me to extend her condolences as well as I extend mine (I am a co-worker of Barbara Hart). It’s a very small world…the city of Woburn and everyone knows everyone. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Al’s life was a full and happy one and he leaves behind a truly wonderful legacy. God Bless.

    Lesley Murphy

  3. With deep sympathy, we share your sorrow. ” Jesus said to her. I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life. “- John 11: 25

  4. Jean, Paul and family;
    I am so saddened to see the passing of your father, you are in my prayers during this difficult time.

    Warmest regards
    Robert H Mc Donough Jr
    Woburn, MA

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