Flaherty, Michael E. “Ed”, 63, of Packwood, WA, formally of Wheeling, WV, passed away October 25, 2013 at the VA Puget Sound Hospital Seattle WA, after a long illness.
He was born August 9, 1950 in Wheeling, a son of the late Michael and Consetta Carone Flaherty.
Preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph (Bertha) Nichols Carone and Michael (Emma) Taylor Flaherty.
Michael served in the United States Air Force from 1975-1979 as a Personal Affairs Specialist and spent three years in Germany.
His military service sparked a lifelong interest in traveling.
He graduated from Wheeling High School 1968. He graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and he was an accomplished artist and sculptor. He also became an avid photographer and loved mountain hiking, climbing and spelunking.
Michael is survived by his three children, Emily Anne Tankovits, her husband Kevin, Michael Edward Flaherty and Lucas Bowen Flaherty; two grandchildren, Madeline Anne and Alyson Marietankovits; a sister, Michalene Hoskins, her husband, Spike; a brother, Patrick Flaherty, his wife Cathy; two uncles, Joseph and Samuel Carone; and an aunt, Clara Wheatley and two nephews, David Shelek and Patrick Flaherty; former wife, LeeAnne Flaherty and many, many friends.
Family and friends will be received form 10 am until the time of the funeral service at noon Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, with Rev. James Lacrosse officiating.
Interment and military services in Mt Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.