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Passing of UA Member Thomas Flaherty
February 16, 2018
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear loved one at the age of 82. Tom was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Betty Flaherty, his first wife Marie in 1993, his second wife Ina in 2016, and his sister Kay Beznoska in 2005. Left to mourn Tom is his daughter Karen Gunnlaugson; granddaughter Nichole (Norm Tutt), great-grandchildren Logan, Naomi and Chloe. Daughter Deborah Anne; grandchildren Jason Nystedt and Jesse Goodwin, great-grandchildren Shae, Jaden, Avian, Gage and Slade. Daughter Teressa Karr (Pat); grandchildren Audrey Karr (Christina), great-grandchildren Tayah (Ty), great-great-grandson Adriel, grandson Michael Karr (Allie), great-grandchildren Kaelis and Mekhi, grandson John Karr, and granddaughter Katie Karr. Daughter Kelly Flaherty; grandson Nikolaus Malczewski, great-granddaughter Lexa, grandson Adam Malczewski (Janelle). Brother Pat Flaherty, aunt Millicent Dawson, stepdaughter Karen Platz; step-grandchildren Randee, Jennifer and Hayley. Stepdaughter Judy Kilpatrick (Michael); stepdaughter Terry Sawyer; stepson Barry Sawyer (Janice), and step- grandchildren Benjamin and Abby. Tom's special friends, Swen Garvick, Barb Beaulieu, Tim Zimmerman and fiancÚ Karla Kewell, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Tom was born in Lloydminster SK. He married Marie Ewins in 1957 and together raised their family, mainly in Saskatoon. Tom had a very successful career with tickets in plumbing, gas fitting and pipe fitting. He taught classes at Kelsey and ended his career as a City Inspector. Tom was very proud of his Irish Heritage, making many trips to Ireland to visit his family. He also took all of his daughters to Ireland. Tom was always there to help everyone, and always put everyone before himself. Tom loved his family and friends beyond words. He had a great sense of humour, and enjoyed his walks around Diefenbaker Park (which he did every day until he no longer could). He liked to read, to play his flute, and liked to go for drives especially at harvest time. He fought a long courageous battle with cancer, and is now at peace. A special thanks to Dr. Erika Penz. At Tom's request there will be a private family memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Saskatoon Cancer Centre, 20 Campus Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 4H4.
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