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O'FLAHERTY, Mary Catherine C.M. February 10, 1926 - May 13, 2018 Mary passed away peacefully with friends present at The Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa. She was predeceased by her parents John Scott O'Flaherty and Christine (nèe Mcguire) and brothers John and Kevin. Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Mary had a lifelong career at External Affairs with postings around the world. She leaves behind lifelong friends and respectful caring co-workers. As per Mary's request no service or visitation to be held. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be held at Belvedere Cemetery in St John's, NL at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to The Whelan Funeral Home, tel. 613.233-1488

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jun. 9, 2018.
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6 entries
June 16, 2018
I just listened to a CBC podcast on Mary O'Flaherty...we should all be so brave when the time comes to help anyone, especially our cousins to the south! Thank you for your bravery and kindness during such a dangerous time. My condolences to all who knew and loved her...
Peter Ruddy
June 11, 2018
Although for obvious reasons I didn't borrow any clothes from Mary for the exfiltration, I too was a beneficiary of her courage during difficult days in Tehran. She was always cheery and encouraging. A great lady.
Mark Lijek
June 11, 2018
Mary generously loaned me her clothes and sandals in January of 1980 when I escaped clandestinely from Iran after the U.S. Embassy takeover. Joe and I will never forget her bravery in carrying on with her work at the Canadian embassy for 3 more months regardless of the danger in which sheltering us placed her. She will always be in hearts.
Kathleen Stafford
June 11, 2018
Mary was the Communicator at the Canadian Embassy from 1978 to 1980 and served cooly and faithfully throughout the Iranian Revolution and then the exfiltration of the American "houseguests" So she was one the true heroines that the film Argo failed to mention. Her steady calm and rich sense of Newfoundland humour served her colleagues well through those uncertain times.
Roger Lucy
June 10, 2018
Bless you for your quiet, unsung contribution Mary.
Glenn Cameron
June 9, 2018
Mary did Canada proud. An inspirational person and outstanding public servant.
John Kruithof
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