Timothy F. Flaherty, 69

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SCARBOROUGH — Timothy F. Flaherty, 69, of Scarborough, died Jan. 20 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with his family by his side.

He was born Jan. 25, 1943, in Portland, the second of seven children of Thomas S. Flaherty Sr. and Elaine Flaherty. 

He attended Portland schools before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard two months after his 17th birthday. He completed his high school education while in the Coast Guard.

Flaherty retired in 2004 as an independent contractor with American Express, returning to Maine to enjoy his retirement. He enjoyed football and boxing, having been a boxer himself in the early 1970s. Flaherty was also an avid solver of crossword puzzles.

He was very active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Brooklyn Valley Post 7790 in Waterbury, Conn., and was a past commander of the American Legion Harold T. Andrews Post 17 in Portland. While serving with Andrews, he was selected as commander of the year for the state of Maine in 2010, and helped organize the Memorial Day and Veterans Day parades in Portland.

Flaherty also enjoyed being a historian at Andrews, and worked on several projects with historian and former state Rep. Herb Adams. Another source of pride for him was finding sponsors for students to attend the American Legion’s Boys’ State program in Maine.

Flaherty was predeceased by his father. He is survived by his mother; his wife, Katherine Flaherty; his brothers, Thomas S. Flaherty Jr. and his wife Nancy of Falmouth, Peter and his wife Jayne of Old Orchard Beach, Paul and his wife Sandy of Westbrook, and John and Michael of South Portland; and his sisters, Patricia Flaherty of South Portland and Kathleen Smith and her husband, Donald, of Old Orchard Beach. He is also survived by five step-children, Joey, Tammy, Danny, Candy and Cathy, and fifteen grandchildren, to whom he was known as “Papa.”

A memorial service was held at A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services in Portland, followed by interment with military honors at Calvary Cemetery.

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