This page is dedicated to Robert D. Flaherty  "FLASH". He was born on May 23, 1970, and he died at 39 on August 17, 2009. He was a friend to many, and will be missed by many.

"Bobby is gone from our lives but will never be forgotten. He will be in our hearts forever." 

To become a part of Bobby's tribute, please choose from the options below to make a donation to the Robert D. Flaherty Memorial Fund. Your donations are greatly appreciated. And, feel free to add to the website any photos and memories you may have of Bobby for his family and friends to keep his memory alive.

Make check payable and mail to:

The Robert D. Flaherty Memorial Fund c/o Joanne Flaherty 109 Deming Way Ext. Wilmington, MA 01887

or

Copy and Paste the PayPal address listed below to make an online donation to the Robert D. Flaherty Memorial Fund

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If you would like to donate items to the Fundraiser from your company, business, or even personally, please call Chris Ringos at 781-710-5903.

AN INVITATION TO BOBBY'S TRIBUTE:

Robert D. Flaherty Memorial Fundraiser at The Pub (Ball Sq. Somerville) August 21, 2009 Doors/Appetizers at 7pm DJ Entertainment Raffles at 930pm: $25 Donation for First Prize (Luxury Box Boston Red Sox Tickets for 2) 50/50 Raffle, and Raffles for Gift Certificates and Gift Baskets.

SERVICE INFORMATION:

Services will be held at Doherty Funeral Home-Somerville, MA

Find the link below to Doherty Funeral Home and Directions http://www.dohertyfuneralservice.com/directions.htm

The wake at Doherty will be on Sunday, August 23, 2009 from 3-8pm. The funeral at Doherty (No Mass) will be on Monday, August 24, 2009 at 11:00am.

A gathering following Funeral will be held in Billerica at the home of MaryEllen Harris (Cousin). Directions will be available at Doherty on Monday morning.

*Please check this website for updates as more information will follow.

On behalf of Bobby, his family and close friends, we would like to thank you all for your continued support during this very, difficult time. It is obvious from all taking part in this tribute, that there are just no words to describe how very sorry we all are and how we will miss our Bobby. He will continue to watch over us all!

As well, we are planning this fundraiser tonight for all who loved Bobby to support him and his family. We are looking forward to seeing all who can make this special event. Thank you!

Posted by Susan Vaiarella on August 23, 2009
Our hearts go out to all of his friends and loved one's.We came to know Bobby when he was in Florida .He was kind enough to do some work on our house for a fraction of the price.Great guy!
Posted by Jesse Gill on August 23, 2009
my thoughts go out to your family and friends, i will always consider you part of my extended family, maybe not by blood but i know you always would look out for me...will miss you lil bobby
Posted by Janet Heffernan on August 22, 2009
Joanne and Barry and family--It was a pleasure meeting you and being able to help you, although I am so sorry it is at such a difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Janet Heffernan
Posted by Eileen Travers on August 22, 2009
Dear Joanne,
You are so special to us. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Bobby. Your eyes twinkled with pride when you spoke of him. You and your family are in our prayers. Take care.
Posted by Christine Sorrentino on August 22, 2009
Bobby,
I have so many wonderful memories of you,no matter what mood I was in or how long in between talks you always made me laugh.We will always have my senior picture in the bottom of ocean :)
Posted by Elizabeth Flaherty on August 22, 2009
Beth&Rick Flaherty
Bobby, You will be in our hearts forever. We take comfort in our grief from the out pouring of love and support fom your friends.
Posted by Jimmy Flaherty on August 22, 2009
Bobby My heart is broken because you are gone. A loving nephew whom I loved dearly.You will be in our thoughts and hearts forever.Love you uncle Jimmy and Barbara.
Posted by Joanne Flaherty on August 22, 2009
So quiet and still without sweetheart send me a sign your still with me
Posted by Joanne Flaherty on August 22, 2009
what will Michelle and Joanie do without Bobby
We will always be your "GIRLS'...Love you always
Look down on us from heaven. Love MOM
Posted by Joanne Flaherty on August 22, 2009
I always held on to you so tightly...So little time you would say ! Gotta go Joanie.. Did I know? I wanted everything from you and you always responded with so much love.
Posted by Joanne Flaherty on August 22, 2009
From LEO  God has taken someone so very special from me. I don't know why??? But I wish you were back! Miss ya JR! There is huge emptyness in my heart. In my thoughts always I love You
Posted by Kathy Boyd on August 21, 2009
Dear Joanne, Maryellen and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your tragic loss. My prayers are with you all.
Posted by Tracey Martelli on August 21, 2009
Bobby,
My heart is heavy with the loss of one of our own at such a young age. Our paths have not crossed in many years but I have such fond memories of those school days with you.
Posted by Linda Dunbar O'Leary on August 21, 2009
Bobby, You will be greatly missed, I will forever remember your contagious smile. I will always cherish the memories. God bless.
Posted by Mike Rajchel on August 21, 2009
Flash,
I didn't know you for very long. But I'll remember that you always had a smile on your face and was willing to help out a friend in need. Gone way too soon...R.I.P.
Posted by Carla Rania on August 21, 2009
Dear Joanne, Michelle & family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May Bobby's memories and presence be with you always.
Posted by Roxanne Creeden, Covalucc... on August 21, 2009
It just does not seem true!!! I just got back and heard the news!! Bobby will truly be missed--he was such a great person-always smiling!!
Keep on smiling down on us!! You will be truly missed!!
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family!!
Posted by Siobhan Heffernan on August 21, 2009
There are no words to express how much you were loved and how much you will be missed. My heart goes out to all Bobby's family and friends.
Posted by Ann Marie Varella on August 21, 2009
Bobby, even though we only knew you for a short time, we were fast friends. Thank you for always being there to help us out. We'll miss you. You and your family are in our thoughts always, Jay & Ann
Posted by Kellie Whealan on August 21, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with your family Bobby.RIP (Only the GOOD die young)
Posted by Jill Traficante- Ardolino on August 21, 2009
"You are Forever & Always will be "The Bightest Star in the Sky"...I will miss you and love you forever!!! Thank you Bobby, I Love You!!! Jill xoxo
Posted by Katherine York on August 21, 2009
Joanne and family, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Julie Forster on August 21, 2009
Bobby gone, no really how is that possible! U will be missed by me and many many more!!!!!

We'll always have homeroom!!!! Luv ya!!!

Julie Forster xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Posted by Bonny Carroll on August 21, 2009
My arms are hugging you all as our hearts break. I'll never forget his shiny smiley face as we piled into my station wagon and went on wild adventures. Love you Joanne, Michelle and Barry.
Posted by Kathy Lauria Wright on August 21, 2009
My prayers go out to the family. RIP Bobby!
Posted by Angela Auger on August 21, 2009
I haven't seen Bobby in many years, but thought of him often. I will always remember that smile, I cant believe he is now gone. My condolences to his loved ones.

Angela (Glover) Auger
Posted by Linda Domenici on August 21, 2009
Bobby, Being #1 Guardian Angel in heaven is a job you'll easily fill.We Love You Bobby and Always will!!Love and Prayers to your mother and Michelle! Love, Linda (Traficante)& Amanda & Alex Domenici.
Posted by John Nionakis on August 20, 2009
Remember playing jr. babe ruth for the champion cardinals together. I am happy I ran into you on Friday after work - got to see you one last time. You will be missed buddy.
Posted by Theresa Carey on August 20, 2009
I wake up and still think that someone is going to tell me this is a joke. It is so hard to believe in an instant a great, big hearted, fun loving friend is gone.
Posted by Theresa Carey on August 20, 2009
I wish I had the chance to see you one last time. My thoughts go out to Bobby's family.
Posted by Julie LeBlanc (Herra) on August 20, 2009
Very sad to hear this tragic news. My thoughts and prayers for Bobby's family. RIP Bobby. :(
Posted by Jennifer Santosuosso on August 20, 2009
The wake will be held on Sunday evening from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. for family and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. for friends at Doherty's Funeral Home in Powderhouse Sq. in Somerville. Funeral on Monday at 11 a.m.
Posted by Lisa Magazine on August 20, 2009
Dear Joanne, Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Jennifer Santosuosso on August 20, 2009
Correction - The wake will be held on Sunday evening from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. for everyone at Doherty's Funeral Home in Powderhouse Sq. in Somerville. Funeral on Monday at 11 a.m.
Posted by Jennifer Santosuosso on August 20, 2009
Correction - The wake will be held on Sunday evening from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. for everyone at Doherty's Funeral Home in Powderhouse Sq. in Somerville. Funeral on Monday at 11 a.m.
Posted by Cheryl Bento on August 20, 2009
My deepest sympathy. My heart goes out to you and Michelle. Sleep with angels. Your spirit lives on.
Posted by Jen Quinlan on August 20, 2009
It is going to be very hard without your caring presence in our lives. We will always share great memories of you with Will, and make sure that your vibrant spirit lives on. Watch over us dear friend.
Posted by Michelle Anzalone on August 20, 2009
Bobby, we've been friends since little league. Always a smile on your face. Always a kind word. You will be missed. My prayers and thoughts to your family in their time of need. God Bless...
Posted by Renee Campo on August 20, 2009
He was always around and would go out of his way to say hello, send a beer or give smile - no matter where or how long it had been since seeing you last. Pray for Peace for him - his family & friends
Posted by Chip Jones on August 20, 2009
Flash I can't believe it buddy. You were a great guy and you will be missed by all. Our prayers our with your mom and sister.
Posted by Jamie Macdonald on August 20, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bobby's family and friends, Rest in Peace Bobby !

Rocky and Jamie MacDonald
Posted by Debbie Walsh on August 20, 2009
Bobby you are going to be greatly missed by so many. You will never be far from our thoughts. You were a great friend to everyone you knew.
Posted by Michelle Mobilia on August 20, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the Flaherty family. RIP Bobby....
Posted by Stephen Arsenault on August 20, 2009
I wish I could shake your hand one last time and tell you how honored I was to be your friend for the last 35 years. Rest in piece my friend. You will be sorely missed.
Posted by Sarah OBrien on August 20, 2009
You were a friend to everyone who knew you. May those who loved you find peace and comfort in their many happy memories.
Posted by Derek Leblanc on August 20, 2009
"Bobby, it's been a while since we last saw
 each other but i will never forget our days
 at Lincoln Park together. It was an honor to
 be friends with you! Derek Leblanc
Posted by Jimmy QUINN on August 20, 2009
May god watch over Bobbys family. I know Bobby will.
Posted by Lisa Macleod on August 20, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Posted by Cinelli Family on August 20, 2009
Rest In Peace Bobby Flash. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flaherty family.
Posted by David Manzi on August 20, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you Bobby and your family. God Bless!
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Shared by Deanna Botelho on August 17, 2011

omg Tommy do you remember this, so we all decided to go skiing, god we were probably 19-20 years old I cant remember. Karen, Amy, Me, Bobby, Tommy, Theresa forgive me if I leave anyone out. So Bobby and I had never got on ski's, he and I get to the top of this mountain, look at each other and say okay we can do this....little by little he and I made our way down the mountain so we thought, we didn't get that far. This little 5ish year old decides he is going to show us up and spray us with snow....lol needless to say it was so funny, we decided to take off our ski's walk down the mountain and call it a day...good times. miss you Bobby

Shared by Joanne Flaherty on August 21, 2010

one year later and there is no comfort my heart is broken and always will be.  michelle and I miss you so much . your phone calls"  just checking in JJ. you would say i  always worried about you ! you just never had time to slow down ,like a shooting star in the sky we all held on soo  t ightly to you we all wanted so much and you tried so hard to please always  i love you Bobby  such a hole without you we all felt it  at jennifers baby christening   As your Uncle Rick said  " He was certainly loved by all of us . I am so proud of all your friends you meant so much to them They are all grieving for you missing you............. Love MOM

smile

Shared by Bill McDade on August 26, 2009

"Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." - MOTHER TERESA.  Bob certainly knew that the shortest distance between two people is a smile. You are forever in our thoughts and prayers.  Love, Pat and Bill McDade