Robert Joseph Flihan, 78, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, unexpectedly at home surrounded by his loving wife of 50 years and family. "Bob" originally from Utica, N.Y., relocated to North Carolina 11 years ago. He enjoyed being around loving family and loved being outdoors bird watching. He also enjoyed fishing with his son-in-law, Earl, and planted a flower garden every year. Bob was a devote Catholic and was actively involved in the Eucharistic Ministry and Adoration at Infant of Prague.
Bob is survived by his wife, Madeline Diruzzo Flihan of the home; his five children and their spouses, Timothy and Leslie Flihan of Utica, N.Y., Mari and Earl Futral of Richlands, Julie and David Shay of Chesapeake, Va., Robert and Janelle Flihan of Raleigh and Cathy Burnette of Richlands. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by two brothers, John and Michael Flihan and Terri Labella, all of Utica, N.Y.
Although two numerous to mention, Bob was dearly loved by many and will be missed by more. He had a special bond with Herb and Nancy Ripley and Pam Lamora. All shared the same love for playing cards and watching the Super Bowl together. There will be a Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Infant of Prague.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Infant of Prague, 205 Chaney Ave., Jacksonville, NC 28546.
Condolences may be made at johnsonfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, Richlands.