Daniel J. Flaherty
1941 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Mr. Daniel J. Flaherty, 73, of 16 Vista St., Pittsfield, died June 12, 2014, at Berkshire Medical Center. He was born in North Adams, May 20, 1941, the son of the late Donald and Jennie Leonesio Flaherty. He attended the local elementary schools and was a 1960 graduate of Pittsfield High School. Continuing his education, he attended Berkshire Community College and received his baccalaureate degree in History from UMASS Amherst. Initially a teacher in the Pittsfield School System, Dan went on to become an area sales representative for several liquor distributors. He retired from Coastal Beverage Co. in 1998 with a combined total of 30 years of service. A member of St. Mark's Church, he was also an Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam era. Dan was also known as "Big Cat" to many of his friends, enjoyed playing golf and was a lifelong fan of the New York Giants football team. A longtime member of the Rainbow Club, he enjoyed traveling throughout New England as well as Las Vegas. His wife of 18 years, the former Jacqueline A. Roy, died May 14, 1999. He is survived by two daughters, Dawn M. Kerwood of Elkhart, Ind., and Michelle Mellace and her husband, Bob, of Pittsfield; a son, Shaun F. Kerwood of Pittsfield and his wife, Katie; five grandchildren, Amanda and her husband, Joel, Kristina and her longtime companion, Mike, Samantha, Michael, and Nicholas, and his great-granddaughter, Aubrey. FUNERAL NOTICE: Daniel J. Flaherty, 73, of Pittsfield, died June 12. Calling hours at the DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral Services will be Tuesday morning at 9:15 a.m. from the funeral home, followed with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mark's Church. Burial will follow in the Southview Cemetery in North Adams. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Berkshire County Jimmy Fund in care of the funeral home.
Devanny Condron Funeral Home
40 Maplewood Avenue Pittsfield, MA 01201
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 15, 2014