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


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

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.


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.


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

Find the link below to Doherty Funeral Home and Directions

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 Julieanne Harris on August 19, 2009
such an amazing personality, you will be forever missed. rest easy bobby and watch over us.
Posted by Nancy Wanders on August 19, 2009
I know your at peace and with your Dad and Michael may you rest in peace and know how much you will be loved and missed and always remembered.Joanne and Michele my deepest sympathies.
Posted by Kristina Etter on August 19, 2009
Dearest Joanne, Michelle, Family & Friends, What can one say?? What keeps coming to mind: "Now we peer thru a glass darkly...but someday we will know all things." Peace, Love, Strength. Kristina xo
Posted by Sara Varella on August 18, 2009
We will never forget our good times together. Bobby was a brother to me and we were always there for each other,as he was to all those he knew. Sara and I can't be more grateful for his friendship. CR
Posted by Kevin Quinlan on August 18, 2009
Such a great personality, he will sorely be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Posted by Annmarie Spinetti on August 18, 2009
My thoughts are with Bobby's family this week. He was such a bright light. I used to love bumping into him. He could always make me laugh. He will be missed.
Posted by Margarita Goodpaster on August 18, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this tragic time. He will be missed by all you knew him.
Posted by Ben Rossetti on August 18, 2009
He was a good friend and truly will be missed. My thoughts go out to his family
Posted by Mike Arnold on August 18, 2009
I will miss the way he lit up the room. The Somerville scene won't be the same without his bright smile and his quick wit. He was there for anybody that he knew...even if it was for only 5 minutes.
Posted by Alfred Chute on August 18, 2009
" FLASH " Loved bumping into you from time to time and catching up. Were gonna miss you.
Posted by Alison Rohtwell Montillo on August 18, 2009
Anytime I saw Bobby he had the biggest smile on his face and always had time to stop and talk. I felt like a kid laughing and chatting over nothing with him. I know he will truly be missed by many.
Posted by Jake Flaherty on August 18, 2009
Bobby was more than a cousin to me. He was the closest thing ive ever had to a brother. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him will forever remember and miss him. Things just wont be the same...
Posted by Jen Madden on August 18, 2009
I will miss you Bobby. You were a fun person who always made me laugh smile! You left us too soon but we will always remember the good times we had! You were loved! xo
Posted by Debra Renzella on August 18, 2009 were one of the funniest people I have ever met...I can't believe you are gone and I will miss you forever!! I will never forget you my friend. I will see you again someday. xoxox
Posted by Chris Harvey on August 18, 2009
Bobby, never saw you down...always had an ability to make us well our friend...thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Posted by Nick Krol on August 18, 2009
I am a friend of James Norton and am extremely sorry for your loss. Way too young an age. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Nick Krol
Posted by Sissy Doherty on August 18, 2009
wow...Bob I'm shocked...I don't know what to say.. we had some great times. Its your time to be our guardian angel. Take care of us all, you were amazing.
Posted by Mark Grieco on August 18, 2009
Bobby wish I could have said goodbye to you. See you again my friend.
Posted by Karen Chase on August 18, 2009
I am so sorry for the tragic loss of Bobby, I pray for his family!!!
Posted by Tammy LaRosa on August 18, 2009
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Bobby. My thoughts amd prayers are with his family.
Posted by Matt Tammaro on August 18, 2009
Bobby Flash, you will be missed by all who knew you! Thoughts & Prayers for you and your family.
Posted by Eileen O'Connor on August 18, 2009
Flash, I'm going to miss you. We bickered constantly but always with smiles on our faces! Peace and love to you my friend!!
Posted by Melissa Sheehan on August 18, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the Flaherty sorry for your loss..may he RIP.
Posted by Kimberley Gauvin on August 18, 2009
To a great person and friend , you will be greatly missed ...
Posted by Jaril Gauthier on August 18, 2009
Bobby you are truly a great friend, I'll never forget all the good times we had. My family and I will miss you so much.
Posted by Eileen McMahon-Woods on August 18, 2009
Bobby..I remember you way back in the grammar school were such a cute kid and I knew you'd grow up to be so handsome...I'm gonna miss that ALWAYS smilin face!...Rest in Peace my friend :)
Posted by Cherie Rose on August 18, 2009
A wonderful person,with the BEST smile everrrr..You are so going to be missed. My heart goes out to his family.
Posted by Tara Lynch on August 18, 2009
Bobby always had a huge smile on his face. He was always fun to be around and will be missed dearly!
Posted by Kirk Allen on August 18, 2009
Bobby, you will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you and your family-Mark and Kirk Allen
Posted by Stephen Cafferky on August 18, 2009
Not sure what to say. Great smile, personality and more. Will be missed by all. My prayers go out to all of his family. 

Stephen Cafferky
Posted by Michael Allen on August 18, 2009
Bobby you will be missed.Always had a smile on your face and a laugh to go with it.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God speed to you all.
Posted by Jennifer Santosuosso on August 18, 2009 always had a way about you. Your laugh was contagious and you always had the biggest smile. You put family first and we loved you with all our hearts. We'll miss you cousin. RIP
Posted by Douglas Doane on August 18, 2009
One truly great friend, all of the fun times we had will not be forgotten.Like we always said you were the big brother I never had. You'll be missed by me and my family greatly. Just a great person.
Posted by Kim Cotter-Bocchino on August 18, 2009
Although I haven't seen Bobby in many years, I feel a great loss. He was such a big part of my childhood and I will always cherish the great memories of him. R.I.P. My friend.
Posted by Lisa Zimmerle on August 18, 2009
I remember the laugh and smile- always. You will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Posted by Michelle Powers- Rao on August 18, 2009
Bobby, I will never forget the days driving around in the Bonneville... those were the days I'll cherish forever. Your friendship meant the world to me, I will miss you love Michelle
Posted by Mark Capomaccio on August 18, 2009

A great friend since the 3rd grade. You will always be the Irish son in our family. My thoughts and prayers go out to Joanne and Michelle.
Posted by Loren Emery on August 18, 2009
Bobby,One of the funniest people I've ever known with the biggest heart.My heart goes out to your mom & sister.I know how much you love them.Thanks for all the laughter.You will truly be missed~xoxo
Posted by Kate Harris on August 18, 2009
Watch over Michelle, Bobby, just like you always have...we are so lucky to have had you in our lives; you were a great brother, son, cousin, nephew...we miss you so much already...
Posted by Stacia McLaughlin Gorgone on August 18, 2009
I have so many memories of Bobby but no memory compares to what a HUGE HEART he had! He treated me and like gold and I didn't deserve it! When I was sick he was there, when my kitty had to be put to sleep Bobby took her and made sure she was safe. He took
Posted by Gina Marquardo on August 18, 2009

A huge heart, a loving soul, a talented electrician, loving brother, son and friend. I'm lucky to have known you and to have so many great memories and laughs with you. Love, Gina
Posted by Michael Barry on August 18, 2009
Bobby, gone too soon. Always a smile, good laugh and solid handshake to go with it when we caught up. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless! Mike Barry
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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 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


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