John Walter Flaherty, a resident of Westfield New Jersey for 50 years, passed away on August 15, 2021 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was 83 years old.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Westfield, he was the eldest son of John and Catherine Flaherty. His hard working mother Catherine raised John and his brother Edward largely on her own after the untimely death of her husband when John was just four years old.
John proudly served in the US Army, stationed in Verdun, France. He spent his entire professional career at JP Morgan, retiring as a Managing Director where he ran the Global Corporate Trust business.
Known for his sense of humor and penchant for playing the harmonica (a birthday did not go by without a serenade), he lived a full life. After retiring early, John enjoyed extensive travel with his family and his abundant circle of friends. He enjoyed cycling, and relished bike tours through Provence and Virginia with his brother-in-law, Ed McCoy. He looked forward to his weekly bocce, bowling, and poker games with his group of friends. John was a long time member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Westfield NJ and a volunteer at the Holy Trinity Food Pantry in Westfield NJ.
Above all, John cherished his family. He and Janet, his wife of 59 years, took full advantage of their retirement to participate in the lives of their children and grandchildren. They were present for all the milestones, including: christenings, birthdays, grandparent’s day at school, lacrosse games, driving lessons and graduations. John set the standard for how to be a great father and grandparent.
John was predeceased by his brother Edward, and is survived by the love of his life, his wife Janet, his sons Shawn (Karla) of Westfield NJ, Scott (Lucinda) of Boca Raton FL, and Brendan (Kara) of Colchester VT, and his grandchildren Abigail, Jack, Patrick, and Aidan.
Visitation will be held at Higgins & Bonner Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Ave, Westfield NJ, from 4 to 8 pm on Thursday August 19.Funeral service will be held at St. Helen Catholic Church, 1600 Rahway Ave, Westfield, NJ, at 11:00 am on Friday August 20.
The family requests that any donations go to Helping Hands and Hearts at St. Helens.
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