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May 1, 1940 – Aug. 5, 2013

Michael J. Flaherty, an attorney and past president of the Bar Association of Erie County, died Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 73.

Mr. Flaherty was born in Buffalo and for much of his childhood lived above the family tavern on South Park Avenue.

A graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Mr. Flaherty earned his bachelor’s degree at Niagara University and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame.

In 1964, he married his childhood sweetheart, Sheila J. Supples. The couple raised their six children in the Town of Evans, where they lived for more than 35 years.

Shortly after his admission to the New York State Bar, Mr. Flaherty formed the law firm Flaherty & Shea with partner James P. Shea. He engaged in general practice law for more than 45 years, representing clients in both civil and criminal matters.

Mr. Flaherty was active in the Bar Association of Erie County, where he served as president from 2003-04.

He also served as Town of Evans attorney and prosecutor for a time.

Mr. Flaherty liked to swim, run and golf. He was a member of Council 184, Knights of Columbus, Buffalo.

Besides his wife of 49 years, Mr. Flaherty is survived by four sons, Michael Jr., Patrick, Daniel and James; two daughters, Marie and Anne Cedrone; and a sister, Katherine Holden.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.