Paul A Flaherty, 68: Beloved NYA teacher

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YARMOUTH — Paul A Flaherty Jr., 68, died on Oct. 14 surrounded by his family.

Born January 31, 1941, he was the only child of Paul A Flaherty and Helen Marshman Flaherty.

He grew up in the Woodfords and Rosemont areas of Portland and graduated from Deering High School in 1961. He went on to receive his B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Maine at Orono. A member of the Theta Chi Fraternity, he earned a national treasurers award and achieved a 4.0 GPA in his senior year.

In 1967, after receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, he accepted a teaching position at North Yarmouth Academy which he held for 41 years. The students, staff, parents and community became Flaherty’s second family. While he loved his job teaching history at NYA, Flaherty also served as a dorm master and dean of students when the academy was a boarding school. He also coached a variety of sports, ran several school clubs and managed the transportation department.

On June 9, 1973, he married Marie H. Augustine of Durham and adopted her daughter Dorene. After retiring from North Yarmouth Academy in 2008, he moved to Brewster, N.Y. to live with his daughter and her husband John Battles and their two children Shane and Monica.

At Flaherty’s request, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to North Yarmouth Academy, 148 Main St., Yarmouth, ME, 04096 Attn: Kate Putnam. All donations will be used to create a scholarship fund in Flaherty’s honor.

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