Robert A. Flaherty, age 76

of Quincy

Robert A. Flaherty, age 76

Robert A. “Flash of Houghs Neck” Flaherty, age 76, a lifelong Quincy resident, died suddenly, Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at home.

Robert was born in Boston, to the late Joseph F. and Dorothy C. (Yetman) Flaherty. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1964. He later graduated from Northeastern University where he was a member of the Sigma Epsilon Rho Honor Society.

He was employed as a stockbroker with the A.G. Edwards Company of Hingham for twenty-five years. As a young man, Bob worked as a composer at the Patriot Ledger for ten years. After retirement, he worked in the mailroom at Quincy City Hall for several years.

Bob was a Vietnam Era veteran and proudly served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. Active in veterans affairs, he was a life member and past chaplain of the Marine Corps League William R. Caddy Detachment in Quincy, the Hough Neck American Legion Post 380, and the former DAV Quincy Cavanaugh Chapter #79.

He was a volunteer driver for DAV veterans, logging thousands of miles, and also served the Houghs Neck Meals on Wheels community. Bob was always willing to lend a helping hand.

A man of faith, Bob was a longtime active member of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish and a former Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. He was well-known for his dry sense of humor and his love of gardening.

Bob and his wife, Jeanne, loved Irish music and dancing. They belonged to many Irish organizations where they made many friendships, including the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Erin, the Irish Social Club of West Roxbury, Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Norwood Music Club, Canadian American Club of Watertown, and the Irish Music Club of Greater Boston.

Beloved husband and best friend for fifty-two years of Jeanne M. (Gibbons) Flaherty.

Devoted brother of Joseph F. Flaherty and his wife Nina of Weymouth, Mary Sportman and her husband Kim of Raynham.

Dear brother-in-law of Thomas G. Gibbons and his wife Carol of Plymouth, Brian S. Gibbons and his wife Lorraine, Richard J. Gibbons and his wife Eleanor, all of Quincy.

Bob is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, April 2, from 2 – 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Parish at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1015 Sea Street, Quincy, on Monday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St, Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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  • Respected by all. He’ll be missed by many. May he rest in peace. Ooh Rah and Semper Fi, brother!

  • Jeanne, we are so sorry for your tremendous loss. Bob was that special type of guy who was a great friend to many. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • R.I.P Bob🙏.You will be missed by many.

  • I am saddened and shocked at the loss of such a wonderful soul. Bob was in my homeroom classes (Broad Meadows and QHS). We last met at an impromptu luncheon, sharing memories and small talk that I will hold in my heart forever. God Bless!

  • So sorry for your great loss Jeanne. We will miss seeing Bob at the dances he was a wonderful person gone too soon Austin and Mary.

  • Grew up with Bob in Houghs Neck.
    A real gentleman, great sense of humor,and
    real loss . He was the healthiest man,I know
    so this is a real shock.

  • Jeanne, we are so sorry to hear about Flash. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Sending you love and strength in the upcoming days.

  • So very sorry for your loss. We have always heard wonderful stories about Bob. I thank him for his service to our country. May he rest in peace. Rainy Keefe

  • Kevin and I were so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Jeanne, we send our heartfelt condolences to you and all the lives he touched. May the memories you hold in your heart help you through this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

  • We at the Norfolk County Rides for Vets Program are so very saddened to hear of Bob’s sudden passing. Bob was a committed, generous and frequent driver for disabled and elderly Veterans.
    We appreciate the strong degree of commitment Bob showed to our Veterans. May his memory be a blessing and his family feel comforted in this time.

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • So sorry and shocked buy Bob’s sudden passing. So glad to have been with him at our mimi class luncheon in December. We were looking forward to meet up around now. Truly such a great classmate to hang around with and enjoyed our QHS reunions and get togethers over the last 10 or more years. Truly will be missed. My condolences to his family 🙏🙏

  • So sorry for your loss! May he rest in peace!!

  • Bob was a wonderful guy. May your cherished memories bring you comfort. May he rest in peace.

  • Flash will certainly be missed by all that met him including me and my family R I P.

  • Our childhood friend Flash was the calming part of our group. He was a kind and generous man and his passing is a shock to all. My deepest sympathies to the Flaherty and Gibbons family. God Bless Flash.

  • So sorry to hear about your loss! I pray for peace and healing

  • So healthy and always kind and ready to help out with anything. He made life better for whoever he knew especially with his dry and clever humor. So very sorry Jeanne and family 🙏

  • Our sincere condolence Jeanne on the sudden and untimely death of your beloved Bob. May his kind and gentle Soul Rest In Peace.

  • Jeanne, We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was such a funny and kind man. May you find comfort in his legacy.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Thinking about you, Jeanie especially today and tomorrow. I’m so sorry I won’t be there with you to say farewell to Bob. He will be sorely missed from our table at the dances. May he rest in peace.

  • Our prayers go out to the entire Flarherty family. Bob was one of the most genuine
    person I ever met. After every brief encounter, I always felt like, now there is person
    that I enjoyed spending time with, even if it was a brief conversation just
    catching up with life. I will truly miss this great man.

  • Jeanne, our deepest sympathy for your loss. It was so sudden. Our prayers goes out with you. May the perpetual light shines upon him.

  • So sorry for your loss Jeanne.

  • We are so sad to hear of Roberts sudden passing
    Our deepest sympathies to you Jeannie and all Roberts family and friends we were looking forward to seeing you both but God had better plans for him May Robert Rest In Peace Catherine