Anthony F. "Tony" Flaherty
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FLAHERTY Anthony F. “Tony” Flaherty, 84, of South Boston, died following a brief illness on July 13, 2015. Tony was a retired Naval Officer with more than 26 years of service to our country. He was a civic activist who, as a member of Veterans for Peace, advocated for an end to hatred, violence and war. Father of Paul Flaherty and wife Barbara of SC, Colin Flaherty of Boston, Barry Flaherty and wife Susan of NC, Ellen Flaherty Shatwells of TX, and Kathryn Flaherty Robichau of Marshfield. Brother of Kathleen Flaherty of South Boston and the late Barbara Adams. Also survived by his long-time loving companion Barbara Kenney of Centerville, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many close friends and family including John Lipton of Boston. Visiting Hours from 3:00P.M.-6:00 P.M. Friday July 17 at the Hamel, Wickens & Troupe Funeral Home, 26 Adams Street, QUINCY CENTER. Immediately following the visitation, relatives and friends will gather at the Neighborhood Club of Quincy located nearby at 27 Glendale Road, Quincy, for a service of remembrance, after which all will be invited to enjoy a time of fellowship and refreshment. Funeral and burial details are private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Tony’s memory be made to the following CATHOLIC CHARITY: AGAPE COMMUNITY, 2062 GREENWICH RD, WARE, MA 01082

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Published in Boston Herald on Jul. 15, 2015.
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July 8, 2019
we lost a very committed person he left a lot of good behind
Louise Baxter
July 25, 2015
The Flaherty Family:

Please know that I was so saddened to learn of your dear brother/father's passing. Please accept my sincerest sympathy.

God bless him and God bless all of you.

R. Allen Young of Charleston, SC
A lifelong friend of Paul and Barbara Flaherty and Barry Flaherty
July 20, 2015
"We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become" St. Clare of Assisi.
This is the last email I received from Tony on July 7th. No words could have ever held more true, for loving Tony did shape who I have become and I am so much better for having known him. He was the man I looked up to and the man that all will be measured by. Although we weren't related by blood, our bond was special & unique and he was and forever will be my "heart" father. He was loved deeply & unconditionally by my mother and all her children & grandchildren. He came into my life in when I was in my early 20's, and called me a space cadet and for the next 22 years I was extremely fortunate to have this amazing man as part of my life and I ended up per his email in June of this year he wrote "when one becomes a teacher by your pupils you'll be taught". He said I deserved the accolade "Teachers Pet". I will miss him tremendously. I love you Tony!
Tina Kenney - Atkinson
July 20, 2015
Kathryn
Sorry of your loss of your father, our prayers are with you
Tom & Cheri Whalen
July 17, 2015
I worked with Tony when he established TAP at MassHousing and got to know his strength of commitment, passion and character. We had many discussions about "Life" and while we sometimes looked at events from different perspectives, I admired him greatly. My condolences to his family
Ned Epstein
July 17, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family. He was truly special and a friend of the forgotton and rejected. I am proud to have known Tony and call him my friend.
LaVergne Randolph
July 17, 2015
Some people lead by the mere mantle of authority. Some lead by the force of their arguments. Better by their example. Tony led by the latter two. I was always glad to follow his lead. He will be much missed as the conscience of the Smedley Butler Brigade. Tony Flaherty-Presente-RIP, Brother, RIP-Al Johnson-VFP
Al Johnson
July 17, 2015
Tony was a ferociously good man, deeply committed to an honest look at himself and the world around him and unafraid to speak out. He was devoted to securing expect and justice for people no one else cared about and was the most compassionate man I have known. The world is certainly better for his efforts. I will miss getting copies of his letters to the Globe.
Ann Anderson
July 17, 2015
It was an honor knowing Tony through Veterans for Peace. He was an inspiring advocate for peace and justice. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Take special care!
Bonnie Gorman
July 16, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you remember Tony, each in your own special way. We will not forget him.
Ruth Bennett
July 16, 2015
If our journey here on this earth is measured by the number of lives we touch with kindness and compassion and devotion, then Tony Flaherty travelled thousands and thousands and thousands of miles. I knew Tony as a visionary, an advocate, a poet, and a friend. We worked together at MassHousing for several years and his unwavering commitment to helping those most in need, inspired me to want to do the same. Tony's loyal heart and courageous Spirit profoundly touched my life and for that I am eternally grateful. I love you Tony. I know you are in heaven leading a group of Angels on some great mission. Until we meet again, my friend, may God hold you, every so closely, in the palm of his hands. Colleen Kelley
July 16, 2015
Remember "Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."?
You did it.
Anais
July 16, 2015
I love you Dad and miss you greatly.
Barry
July 16, 2015
Katy- I know how much you will miss your big brother. Tony was indeed a man of courage, wisdom and wit. May he rest in peace
Margie Henderson
July 16, 2015
I knew Tony as Leader, Activist, Humanitarian, Writer primarily Father. Of witness to 63 years, his greatest ability was to: recognize, learn and evolve. His constant question "What would Jesua say or do?" He faced his answer. He has earned his final years of devotion.... peace.
Paul Flaherty
July 16, 2015
Our loss, Heaven's gain, RIP
Barbara Corbett-Flavin
July 16, 2015
To the Flaherty Family:
I was deeply saddened when I heard of Tony's passing. I remember him fondly as an employee of MassHousing. May he rest in eternal peace.

Diane (Albanese) Cardinale
July 16, 2015
Thank you Tony for being YOU. You made the world a better place for us all and all of us who were touched by your committed life are better for it
Ray Mack
July 16, 2015
Our prayers and sympathy to the family.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Creavin.
July 15, 2015
COLE, MY HEART IS WITH YOU
LOVE, PAT
July 15, 2015
COLE, MY HEART IS WITH YOU.
MY CONDOLENCES AND LOVE.

PAT
July 15, 2015
It was my great privilege to know Tony.
He was a man of wisdom and courage, a friend, and a great lover of peace; in short, a real mensch.
I'll miss him a lot and will never forget him!

Joshua Ashenberg
Joshua Ashenberg
July 15, 2015
Catherine
My sincere sympathies.
Charlie Tevnan
July 15, 2015
We are so very very sorry Cole. All our love is with you.

Sincerely, Toni and Scott
July 15, 2015
Tony was a friend when no one understood
He devoted himself to Peace. May his soul rest in a place without turmoil or conflict.
July 15, 2015
Tony was a stalwart among men in his pursuit for peace and justice. We were proud to have had the opportunity to stand by his side. may he now find the long sought peace that he gallantly fought for.
Dan & Jain Higgins, VFP
July 15, 2015
Tony was a dear friend of my father's (Brian) and helped our family through some very difficult times. My condolences to Tony's family, and please know that he will always be remembered.
Mikaela McDermott
July 15, 2015
Tony at MassHousing(MHFA)
Just heard of Tony's passing and am saddened by it. He was the Founder of the Tenant Assistance Program at MassHousing which helped many, many people over all these years. His spirit will be missed in this world.
My condolences to his family. With love, respect and gratitude - Linda McMahan
July 15, 2015
Toni will be greatly missed. We can be thankful for all the things he did to make this world a better place. We hope this work keeps going on
Louise Baxter
July 15, 2015
In the Friends Meeting where I grew up, in the Mid-Hudson Valley, I went to Sunday School with Pete Seeger's daughter Meka. Pete would come and play his banjo for us and became an inspiration for me throughout my life. Tony was a troubadour with a different instrument, his voice and his pen, but with the same message. The attached song is one troubadour honoring his brother.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4YwKPOgz5o

Phil Dunkelbarger
July 15, 2015
Tony was my colleague for many years at HUD and MHFA, and a dear friend for many more.He was a true original who left the world a much better place. He will be missed by so many!
Eleanor White
July 15, 2015
It's hard to believe that such a vital, gracious in gratitude, money-where-your-mouth-is kind of guy has moved on ... (even if it is to the pastures of Heaven!). Tony, you will be sorely missed.
Bobbi Keegan
July 15, 2015
As Edmund Burke reminds us, " the only thing needed for the triumph of Evil is for good men to do nothing". Dear Tony did not accept this, he raged against the Evil now in front of us to the very end. He did not "go quietly into the night".

Dona nobis pacem.

Dr Robert Emmet Morris, Veterans for Peace
July 15, 2015
I was blessed by knowing Tony, whose passion, wisdom, laughter, and generosity of heart and mind will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family today.
Ann Woodward
July 15, 2015
Thanks Tony
Best to all family , and friends now
and down the road
Henry Deeks
July 14, 2015
Farewell my difficult, challenging but loving friend. I treasure ten years of poems, experiences and memories. Carol
July 14, 2015
In memory of one of the finest men I have ever met. Tony was always looking out for the "little guy", a voice for the voiceless and a stalwart bastion of Peace.
Robert Funke
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