Flaherty, Paul F., 80, passed away Wednesday, November 21, at the Coventry Skilled Nursing Home, in Coventry. He was the husband of Jane L. (Bunn) Flaherty. They had been married for 53 years.
Born in Providence, a son of the late John P. and Gertrude (O’Connell) Flaherty.
He lived in Cranston most of his life.
Paul was a school teacher at Cranston East High School for 30 years before his retirement. He began his teaching career at the Chariho high school for 10 years, before teaching at Cranston East.
A graduate of Providence College, and Worcester Poly Tech Institute where he received a master of science degree, he also graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a masters degree.
He served in the Air Force during the Korean War, where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity.
Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Michael E. Flaherty of Cranston, and Stephen J. Flaherty of Exeter, a daughter Maureen Flaherty-Rodgers of Ossining, NY, a sister, Marie Watson of Maryland, he is also survived by nine grandchildren, he was the father of the late Thomas J. Flaherty and brother of the late John & Joseph Flaherty.
The funeral will be held on Monday, November 26, at 8:45 from the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 142 Centerville Road, Warwick. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in SS. Peter & Paul Church, Highland Avenue, West Warwick. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Visiting hours Sunday 3-6 pm. In lieu of flowers donations to the Leukemia Society 1210 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920 in his memory would be appreciated.