Thomas Flahie

Obituary of Thomas James Flahie

Thomas James Flahie

January 31, 1935 – January 2, 2019

Tom was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Anna (Connelly) and Edward Flahie, the youngest of six sons.  He met his wife of 62 years, Mary Kelly, at Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio, and they married after he graduated from the University of Toledo and entered the Army through the ROTC program.  After his service as an electronics engineer at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Tom and Mary moved their family to Tucson, Arizona, where they lived for 58 years.  While working and raising his children, he attended the University of Arizona at night, earning a Master of Business Administration in 1967.  He was an electronics engineer, project manager and branch chief with Bell Aerospace Corporation, RCA Corporation and the Electromagnetic and Digital Systems Branches at the Army Electronic Proving Ground at Fort Huachuca.

The most important aspects of his life were his family and his religion.  He was a beloved husband, father and papa, and he wanted nothing more than to be surrounded by his family.  He was also a devoted Catholic and he tried to live his life as guided by the teachings of his faith.

He is survived by his cherished wife Mary and their four children: Thomas (Janice), Colleen (Patrick), Maureen (Henry) and Irene (Mark).  He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Carlo, Anneliese (Jason), Brigid (Travis), Kelly (Michael), Ryan, Jason, Anthony, Nicholas and Anne Marie, and six great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two grandchildren.

Friends and family may visit at Bring’s Broadway Chapel(6910 E. Broadway Blvd.) where a scripture service will be held on Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30 PM.  The funeral will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church (215 S. Craycroft Rd.) on Thursday, January 10, at 10:00 AM and interment will follow at All Faiths Memorial Park - Our Lady Of The Desert Cemetery (2151 S. Avenida Los Reyes) in Tucson, Arizona.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Knights of Columbus, St Josephs Council 8813.