December 5, 1928 ~ August 10, 2020

Born in: Minneapolis, MN
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Joseph Richard Flaherty, Sr., 91, of Owensboro, passed away Monday, August 10, 2020. Mr. Flaherty was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 5, 1928 to the late Francis FitzGibbons and Frances Alva Flaherty. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Dick attended and graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1959. He practiced law well into his late eighties until he started his journey with Alzheimer’s disease. As an attorney, he felt it was his job to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable..Dick proudly served our country in the United States Army. A very involved man Dick was a member of St. Stephen Cathedral, the Sierra Club, and was on the Board of Wendell Foster Center. He was instrumental in the formation of what was then called The Owensboro Council for Retarded Children, which cares for many families to this day. If he wasn’t involved enough, he also served on the board of the H.L. Neblett Center, and an active supporter of Owensboro Catholic High School sports and kept the books for the basketball team for over 34 years. Mr. Flaherty was an avid golfer and played into his mid-eighties. Dick was a man of integrity… except on the golf course. He also taught classes at Southern Junior High School and Brescia College.

Along with his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Deanne Hale Flaherty; his son, John Flaherty; his twin sister, Carolyn Jones; his sisters, Sally Englert, Sue Phelps; and a brother, Dennis Flaherty.

He is survived by his children, Richard (Donna) Flaherty, Patrick T. (Carol Ann) Flaherty, Tim Flaherty, Mark (Teresa) Flaherty, Brian (Jennifer) Flaherty, and Chris Flaherty; his grandchildren, Erin, Jade, Delaney, John, Sarah, Madeline, Ben, Luke, Hunter, and Thom. He also had two great grandchildren, Tanner and Millie.

Services will be 12:05 pm Friday, August 14, 2020 at St. Stephen Cathedral, with Father Jerry Riney officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, and again from 10:30 am to 11:30 am Friday at the funeral home. Prayers will be at 6:30 pm Thursday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Owensboro Catholic High School, 1524 West Parrish Avenue, Owensboro, KY 42301. Envelopes will be made available at Haley McGinnis.

All those who wish to honor and remember Mr. Flaherty in person at the visitation or service are required to wear a mask for the safety of all those in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Flaherty, Sr. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Joseph and sign his virtual guest book by going to

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  1. My favorite uncle! He was so many adjectives rolled into one. Funny, smart, loving, caring….he was a bright light that will be missed. Love you Uncle Dick

  2. So sorry for the loss of your father. To Pat, my Class of 74 classmate. My heart breaks for the loss of your dad. There are never enough words that can be expressed concerning the loss of a loved one. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and with all of your family during this difficult time.

  3. I worked for Mr. Flaherty for 2 1/2 years. He was very patient and sweet. He also gave me many opportunities to learn in the field of law. He never slowed down and never asked me to work harder than he did. He was 73 at that time and he still moved quicker than I.
    He will he missed. Praying for all of the Flaherty family. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  4. i received e mail from greater cincinnati deaf club secretary today.. i see your father passed away yesterday.. i really feel sad and am very silence prayer for you and your family after your father loss… i will send a donation to owensboro catholic high school next week.. i really hug you and teresa together we served….

  5. My heart breaks for the whole family. He was the greatest Uncle. I remember as a child how much fun it was to go your all house. Playing backgammon, and hanging with cousins and exploring that great house you all lived in. Peace be with you all.

  6. Dick was a giant in the legal profession. A very worthy adversary who graciously shared his knowledge with any and all young attorneys, including myself. God bless him and his family.

  7. Richard, Pat, Tim, Mark, Brian and Chris – so sorry for the loss of your dad… know he is now with your mom and our parents, who were all such good friends. He will be missed by so many.. loved him to pieces as he encouraged me To embrace the legal profession and be a paralegal, which I have done for so many years. You guys will be in our thoughts and prayers over the next few days and weeks to come. Hugs to you guys and your families –
    Wayne, Larry, David, Stephen, Sandy, PJ, Donne and Brad Ebelhar

  8. Just learned that Mr. Flaherty passed away. He and dad were friends for so many years. Prayers for the family during this time but a great celebration of his 91 years. Rest in peace!

  9. I had just been discharged from the Navy in 1959 and was taking a couple of night classes at Brescia College. I was a student in a Marketing class that Dick taught. He was an interesting and witty instructor and I wiil always remember him as a part of my life in those days.

    Please accepted my sympathy in your loss.

  10. To Brian and all the Flaherty siblings,
    Sorry to see where your Dad passed, He was a good man and always willing to help those in need!
    Your Dad was a great sports fan and I enjoyed talking sports with Him. Back in the day, I was at your house playing basketball and your Dad would always ask if anyone needed a drink or something to eat, that’s
    just the way He was! I’m sure He will sadly be missed.
    Scott And Leanne Murphy

  11. To the family of Richard Flaherty:
    We were saddened to see the passing of Dick in
    the M&I this morning. His many services to our
    community made this a better place to live and
    raise families. All are in my thought’s and prayer’s

  12. Mr. Flaherty was my math teacher in 8th grade at Southern Junior High. He was always enthusiastic and interesting. He gave me a ground work in basic math and geometry which served me well in my teaching career. He was especially good at explaining things so that everyone understood. I’m sure this skill was advantageous in his legal career. Although it has been 60 years since I have seen him, he has certainly left his mark.

  13. To the Flaherty family sincerest condolences for the loss of Your father. While I did not know him well I admired his integrity and his efforts to advocate for the afflicted and represent and defend those that could not defend themselves. What a fantastic quality. RIP Mr Flaherty

  14. So sorry to see that my friend and colleague has passed on. Cindy and I offer our condolences to his family.

  15. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He was my teacher, my friend, my boss and often passenger to OCHS football games. He left his touch on so many people. He was a great man and his loss will be felt by our entire community. Praying for you all.

  16. To the Flaherty family, you have my prayers. I was best man at Dick and Deanne wedding. My wife Mary and I were very close to your family when Dick returned from law school. I will always consider Dick Flaherty my best friend.

  17. Richard, Pat, Tim, Mark, Brian, and Chris, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Didn’t all of our families have a great time together? Weren’t the family picnics, trips, etc. etc fun? We have put a lot in our memory bank, haven’t we? Dick always had such a keen sense of humor it kept us all laughing. I am so sorry that I will be unable to attend the visitation and funeral due to having pneumonia (getting better). I will be thinking of you all and will keep you in my prayers.

  18. To the Flarhety men,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. Our families have so many great memories. With Dick around there never was a null moment, he kept us laughing and on our toes at all times. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. I knew Frances before I met Dickie. My mother would send me to her house to borrow something we needed for a meal. I would find her making a batch of fudge for Dickie and his family. She was such a devoted mother. She prayed his way through Marquette. When Dickie came back to Owensboro with his family I babysat for him and Deanne until they left Parrish Ave. They were such a lovely family, both of them! God bless him, may he Rest In Peace.

  20. Dear Richard, Pat, Brian & Family: Lucy joins me is extending our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Dad. We were friends for many years beginning in 1960 when we both returned to Owensboro as young Lawyers.
    Unfortunately we won’t be able to attend the visitation or the Funeral, but wanted to contact you. Again, we are sorry about your loss. Lucy & Tom Neal

  21. Francis and Alva were our neighbors on Parrish Ave. My mother would send me to their house to borrow something we needed for dinner. I would find Francis making a batch of fudge to send to Dickie and Deanne. She was such a devoted mother. She prayed Dickie through Marquette. When Dickie returned to Owensboro I babysat for Richard, Pat and Timmy until they left Parrish Ave. They were wonderful people, the whole family, grandparents, Dickie and Deanne and the kids. God bless Dickie and the boys. May he Rest In Peace.

  22. Flaherty family-
    So sorry to hear about Dickie’s passing..I’ve known him for almost 60 years, as my lawyer and friend. His interest
    and concern helped save me from several unfortunate situations in my life, and I’ve always been grateful for
    that attention. I know his family has endured much sadness and depression in recent years but hopefully,
    you’ll realize that the painful moments have now passed and your beloved memories of him are to be
    cherished and remembered..I’ll keep him in my thoughts and prayers..May the Lord guide you through
    this difficult time..

    Tom Luckett

  23. It was and is a great honor to know Dick Flaherty and his family. They have given me much joy, laugther, and insight in my life. Thoughts and memories never forgotten just as Dick will never be. Love all you guys

  24. Richard, Pat, Tim, Mark, Brian, and Chris, I have so many happy memories that include you and your parents. Your dad was hilarious and I can still hear your mom’s cute laugh! I bet he is up there making her laugh right now! We were all blessed to have terrific parents with great friends! Love to you all!

  25. Richard & Tim, Isa and I want to extend our condolences and prayers to you and your families. What a father you had, he always add a joke for me right before our basketball games started. I remember him keeping that score book for OCHS, he always had a smile on his face. Know you miss him and so will Owensboro.

  26. Francis was my mothers sister.Dick stayed with the McGovern family while he attended Marquette. He was a very entertaining man. At nite he would sing and play the ukulele and tell jokes. We all enjoyed the time he spent with our family.

    Condolences and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Brian McGovern

  27. Flaherty “boys” and families… We are so sorry that none of the Purdy women were able to attend the visitation for your sweet dad! Mom has been fighting pneumonia and Julie and I are staying away from any type of crowd trying to keep her safe! I loved your mom and dad and always enjoyed his sense of humor so much! I have wonderful memories growing up in Owensboro and all the fun times we had together especially those family picnics at Lincoln Park! Love and prayers for all your families!!! Ann Rea (Purdy)

  28. To my cousins an family i am so sorry to hear about Uncle Dick’s passing he will be greatly missed ! Now my dad Dennis an him im sure are playing a round or two of golf an i hope niether one of them are keeping score ! Lol
    David Flaherty

  29. The Flaherty “Boys”,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. He was a wonderful man and cared deeply for his family and friends. There are so many memories of my childhood with our families. We would laugh so hard during and after the trips, picnics, etc. retelling the stories. I still share those stories with my family. Although, I don’t think they believe that all those things could actually have happened!
    Your dad lived life to the fullest and is now able to be with his “Lovey”.
    Pam Owens Doherty

  30. God sure received a good man, one who would go out of his way to help anyone in need. He was a very happy and joyful man which appeared to be passed on to those around him. Dick was loved by all who knew him and will be sadly missed. Fly high Dick and watch over us all.
    The Cole Family

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