Obituary of James Patrick Flaherty 1923-2013

         Pat and Joyce Flaherty 1975 

James Patrick Flaherty was born on the 12th December 1923, at Granville to David John Flaherty; a filler who worked at the Shell Oil Company at Clyde, David was and English migrant, and Bridget Carroll. James Patrick (Pat) married Joyce Archer on 18th February 1947 and had three sons. The family lived at 18 Wellington Road, Guildford, NSW.

Growing up in Granville, he attended the Blaxcell Street Public School and Marist Brothers High School, Parramatta. His occupation was a carpenter and joiner, he was a member of the Building Workers Industrial Union, and he would go fishing and shooting in his spare time. A long time member of the Australian Labor Party, he joined the Party in 1948, serving as President of the East Granville Branch and Vice President of the Granville State Electorate Council.

He served Australia in the Second World War in 2/7 Commando Squadron from 1942 until 1946, in New Guinea as a trooper.

Pat served the community of Granville on Parramatta Council from 1957 until 1962; he was deputy Mayor in 1960 and Mayor or Parramatta in 1962.

Pat served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for twenty two year, three days; he was the Member for Granville from 1962 until 1984. He served as Parliamentary Whip from 1973 until 1984.

Pat (James) and his wife Joyce moved to North Queensland to be closer to family. He suffered recurring health problems in the past few weeks, he was admitted to hospital. He died at 4.30am on Monday 9th December 2013. His funeral Service is being held in Townsville, Queensland, Tuesday 17th December at Morley's Funeral Home at 11.00am.

Rest in Peace Pat.