Dale F. Flaherty
Born: May 22, 1939
Died: May 21, 2021
OLDSMAR, Florida – Dale Francis Flaherty, 81, of Oldsmar, Florida, died on May 21st with his family by his side, after suffering a stroke on March 21st.
Dale was born May 22, 1939 in La Salle, IL to Francis and Lucille (Lyons) Flaherty. He graduated from St Bede Academy in 1957, and Marquette University in 1962 with a degree in electrical engineering. He later received an MBA from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He married Patricia O'Malley on August 17, 1963 in Chicago, IL. Dale and Pat raised their family in Woodridge, IL before moving to Florida in 2011. Dale worked for Motorola for 40 years and then consulted with several businesses until his retirement.
Dale loved all sports, but was an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, Marquette Golden Warriors and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Dale loved to travel with family and friends, but especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. He attended all the grandkids events, as well as all of the activities of his three great-great-nieces, children of Rebecca Degroff, his great niece. He loved having "extra" grandchildren. He was always the proud "Papa."
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia Flaherty; daughters, Kathleen Higgs, Carolyn Abrams, and son Jeff Flaherty; six grandchildren, Ryan and Shannon Abrams, Corey and Reilly Higgs, Meghan and Nathan Flaherty, sisters Carol (Jim) Noah, Julie Zwica (Neil) Wehrspann, Colleen (Dave) Mc Clure and Maureen Flaherty; "Special Aunt" Mary Rita Hochstatter; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Lucille Flaherty and sister Patricia Ortiz and brother-in-law, Tony Ortiz.
A memorial service for Dale will be held in Oldsmar, FL on June 19th and a celebration of life and ,emorial service will be held on August 8th at Seven Bridges in Woodridge, IL, officiated by Dale's lifelong friend, Father William Piletic.
Dale will be deeply missed and always remembered for his kind quiet demeanor, his deep thinking and his infectious laugh.
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Published by News Tribune on Jun. 5, 2021.