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FRAMINGHAM – Paul J. Flaherty, originally from Dorchester, (later of Brookline and Framingham, and Oxford, MS) passed away on February 17, 2022.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Mary Ann (Morse) Flaherty, of Oxford, MS, sons Paul (Boomer) and his wife Agnes Flaherty of Dorchester, Mark Flaherty and his wife Alanna Sheils of Weymouth, daughters Jaimie and her husband Brendon Dobson of Framingham, and Lori Flaherty and her partner Kevin Malloy, Jr. of Framingham.

Paul also leaves behind his most cherished grandchildren, Alison Flaherty and her partner Johnny Tartaro of Dorchester, LCpl Andrew Flaherty, USMC, of Dorchester, Lillian Dobson, Keegan Bloniasz, John Hedderman, Austin Dobson, Keily Hedderman, Vivian Flaherty, and Reagan Dobson, all of Framingham. 

Paul was born on July 29, 1943, the second of six children of the late Agnes G. (Apostle) and Stephen Flaherty. Paul was predeceased by his brother Stephen (Sonny) and his wife Ann Flaherty, of Plymouth, and his sister Marie Flaherty, of Plymouth. He leaves his other siblings, Frances and her husband James Shields, of Quincy, Walter and his wife Diane Flaherty of Nantucket, and Barbara and her husband John Pekina of Falmouth, as well as many nieces and nephews whom he greatly adored. Paul also leaves his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marie and John Allouise, of Oxford, MS, with whom he was exceptionally close.

Paul was, above all, a family man. He was proud of anything and everything his family did, and was our biggest supporter and cheerleader. If there was a place you wanted him to be, he was there, regardless of the time or distance. His world revolved around his wife, whom he was with for nearly 50 years. He raised four wonderful children with humor, wit, and kindness, and his love for his children was surpassed only by his adoration for his nine grandchildren. Paul was a friend to everyone, mostly due to his infectious laugh, respect for others, and the absolute joy he got out of living life.

A distant second to the pride he had as a son, husband, father, Papa, brother, uncle, and friend, was the pride he had in being a member of the United States Marine Corps. Paul leaves us with lasting memories of a lifetime full of humor, laughter, and love.

A memorial service, interment, and celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul’s honor to Semper Fi Fund ( 

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