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William Flaherty

December 12, 1929 — November 28, 2020

William J. Flaherty, age 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 28th in his home with his loving family by his side.

Born in Verplank, NY December12, 1929 to James and Catherine (Donohue) Flaherty.

He met the love of his life Mary (Guzi) of Peekskill, NY, they married in 1954 at the Assumption church in Peekskill, NY.  They made a forever home in Cold Spring where they raised their 5 children, William Flaherty (Deborah) of Beacon, NY, Timothy Flaherty of Norwalk, CT., Joann Sherman (Jamie) of Cold Spring, NY, Robert Flaherty (Annette) of Cold Spring NY, Bridget O’Brien (Kevin) of Cohasset, MA.  He had 10 Grandchildren:  The Flaherty’s: Meghan Mekeel (Kenneth), Erin, Morgan, William, of Beacon, NY, Rachel McNamara (Joseph) of Abington, MA, Kelsey and her fiancé Ray DiFrancesco of Cold Spring, NY.  The O’Brien’s: Connor, Thomas, and Caroline of Cohasset, MA, and James Sherman Cold Spring, NY, 2 Great-Grandchildren, Hunter and Harper Mekeel, of Beacon, NY.

William was pre-deceased by his son William, his twin brother James, sisters Margaret and Catherine and his parents, James and Catherine.

He graduated from Hendrick Hudson High School in 1948 and Packard Business School in 1950.

During the Korean War from 1951-1953 he proudly served as a Corporal in the Army Intelligence Corp., stationed in Berlin, Germany.

As a loving and supportive father, he was actively involved in all his children’s endeavors and was a coach for Philipstown Little League.

Bill had a 39-year career as Manager of Corporate Contracts and Procurement for IBM. After retirement he then went on to be a Corporate Manager for CDI Corporation.

Bill was a devote Catholic, a parishioner and lector of Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring, NY.

A man of conviction and truth he made his community a better place, he was a founding member and first President of the North Highlands Fire Department, served as Assessor of Philipstown for 8 years and Legislator of Putnam County for 2 years. He was an active member of The Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, VFW, and the American Legion.

The greatest joy of his life was spent with his loving wife, Mary, traveling the world and opening their home to family and friends during the holidays and especially Thanksgiving which was celebrated at their home for over 60 years.

He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.

Friends may call on Friday, December 4, 2020, from 4-7pm at Clinton Funeral Home, 21 Parrott Street, Cold Spring.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Loretto Church, Cold Spring.  Interment will follow with military honors at Cold Spring Cemetery. .

In observance of New York State guidelines, we will be limiting visitors to no more than 33% of our maximum capacity; A distance of at least 6 ft. must be maintained amongst all individuals inside our funeral home and acceptable face coverings must be worn while inside. We kindly ask after paying your respects, that you exit promptly so that we can continue to move guests in and out of the funeral home.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, December 4, 2020

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Mass

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Our Lady of Loretto Church

24 Fair St, Cold Spring, NY 10516

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

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