MACHIASPORT - Reginald N. Flaherty, 84, died May 14, 2014 at a Bangor hospital with his loving family by his side. He was born July 6, 1929 in Centerville, the son of the late Earl and Ruth (Bagley) Flaherty.
In his younger days he enjoyed playing baseball as a pitcher for the Machias town team. Throughout his life he enjoyed watching the Red Sox and Celtics. He began his career in Forestry working as a river driver on the Machias river, drove a log truck for many years, and operated a D8 bulldozer, building roads for St. Regis and Champion paper companies. He loved gardening, fishing with his grandsons, hunting, as he was a member of the "Big Bucks" club and all his adventures with his brother-in-law, Thatcher "Spanky" Clark.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Margaret (Wood) Flaherty; four daughters, Bonnie Flaherty and her husband, Mark Withee of Sullivan, Donna Calcasola and Karry Clements, both of Amherst; and Carrie Polley of East Machias; two brothers, Robert Flaherty and wife, Norma of Marshfield, and Earl Jr. of Whitneyville; a sister, Mary Clark and her husband, Thatcher of Marshfield; grandchildren, Christopher Fickett and wife, Tina and their sons, Thomas and Christopher of Clifton, Jill Fickett and her son, Cole Ingalls of Sullivan, Jessica Urquhart and her daughters, Regina, Cassidy, and Cadence of Machiasport, John Polley, and Carlo Calcasola and his wife, Ashley and daughter, Chloe of Old Town; special in-laws, John and Carol Wood of Machiasport, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, Roger, Kenneth, and Elwood, and a sister, Eleanor.
Burial at Bucks Harbor Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough,ME 04070. Arrangements are in care of McClure Family Funeral Services, Machias and Lubec. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com