O'FLAHERTY, Peter Aged 87, of Healdsburg passed away March 15 after a short illness. His parents, Patrick and Helena, emigrated from Ireland. Pete, born in San Francisco on January 5, 1927, was the youngest of three children including John and Margaret Mary (deceased). He moved with his father to Santa Rosa in 1941 where he attended Santa Rosa High School. In 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving in the Pacific theater aboard the LCI 220 until 1945. After being honorably discharged, Pete completed study for a Private Pilot's license at the Santa Rosa Junior College. He married Jean Alice Graham (Dec 2, 1926 - Feb 9, 2010) on June 24, 1950. He worked briefly for PG&E before moving on to Hamilton Air Force Base where he worked as a fireman for five years. After Hamilton AFB he went to work at the Sonoma County Probation Department for 8 years. In 1964 he began his career in auto sales, including a 17 year stint at Torvick Datsun where he developed many lifelong friendships. After retiring in 2000, Pete and Jean moved to Healdsburg where they enjoyed their retirement. Pete was an avid sports fan, cheering on all sports teams from his favorite, the San Francisco 49ers, to the Cardinal Newman Cardinals. A few of his hobbies included photography and gardening but many people remember him for his love of people, never hesitating to bring joy or a cheerful greeting to all that he met. A lifelong Catholic, Pete was a member of the St. Rose parish, but also attended St. John's while living in Healdsburg. Pete spent his last six months living in Windsor at the Chancellor Place where he made many good friends and thoroughly enjoyed his time and the company of his fellow residents whom he always spoke affectionately of. Peter and Jean had nine children: Christopher (deceased), Dennis, Nora, Peggy, Catherine, Joseph (Deceased), Paul, Michael, and Patrick. He also has 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A service will be held in Madelyne's Chapel at Calvary Catholic Cemetery on March 24 at 10 a.m. and is located at 2930 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa. 707-546-6290 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11
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