Gertrude J. "Gert" (Doucette) Flaherty

  • Born: January 17, 1925
  • Died: April 30, 2020
  • Location: Medford, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Gert by adding your memories.

Gertrude Jeanette (Doucette) Flaherty originally of Melrose, MA, died on 30 April after a short illness, at 95. Gert was born prematurely at home in Melrose, MA, to the late William A. Doucette and the late Mildred G. (Velmure) Doucette, both of whose parents were originally from Nova Scotia. She graduated from Melrose High School and lettered in field hockey despite her tiny stature, barely breaking five feet tall.

Gert met her future husband, the late Edward Joseph Flaherty at age 16, not long before he joined the Marines with the start of WWII, and shipped out to the Pacific Theater. They married in 1948, and Gert worked for a Malden dentist as an assistant for 10 years, and then joined Household Finance. Over her life, Gert worked the night shift at Transitron Manufacturing in Melrose, became a licensed real estate broker, and finished her career as the classified ad manager for the Malden/Melrose/Evening News (where she was also a shop steward).

Gert and Ed retired to their vacation home in Dennis, MA in 1989. Gert enthusiastically took up golf, bridge and mahjong (and the socializing inherent in each), and was a faithful congregant at Our Lady of the Cape Parish in Dennis for nearly 25 years. She was also active in the Dennis Niners, and the Dennis Garden Club. She and Ed traveled extensively during their retirement to Bermuda, France, Italy, Ireland, England and Switzerland, and also wintered in Naples, Florida for several seasons with many of their dear friends from the Cape.

Gert was also a doting grandmother to her six grandchildren, Julia Roy and Carly Rose Roy of Medford, MA, Eamonn Flaherty and Abaigh Joan Flaherty of Geneva, Switzerland, and Thomas Flaherty and Teaghan Flaherty of Rye, New York. She had three younger siblings, all of whom predeceased her, Ruth (Doucette) Tolman of Melrose, William Doucette Jr. of Melrose, and Priscilla (Doucette) Mata of Melrose. She is survived by her children Edward Patrick Flaherty & his wife Margret of Geneva, Switzerland, Jill Ann Flaherty Roy & her husband Charlie of Medford, MA, and Douglas Scott Flaherty & his wife Tiffany of Rye, New York, and many dear nieces and nephews. Another daughter, Tracy, died at childbirth. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) or the Dennis Senior Center (https://www.town.dennis.ma.us/council-aging/pages/donations ).

Burial will be at Wyoming Cemetery with family visiting at Gately's Funeral Home Melrose. Please send the family a card, drop a card at the funeral home for the family or send a message of condolence on the Gert's webpage


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Jill,
I just found out today that your Mother passed in April. I am so sorry to hear this. I know she found my Mother and Stanley, and Im sure they are continuing their shenanigans as they did at Epoch. Heaven now has the famous GAS Group as they were so fondly called at Epoch. Gert became a good friend of my Mother's, and we all enjoyed her company.

My deepest sympathy to you and your family,

Maryellen Shea

Posted by Maryellen Shea - HarwichPort, MA - Friend   August 16, 2020

Dear Eddie, Jill, and Doug,

I just found out about your Mom's passing and wanted to send you our belated condolences. I know this must be a very difficult time for all of you and our thoughts are with you. I will always have fond memories of visiting your folks home in Melrose during the Tufts years and seeing your Mom (and Dad) on this Cape. Again, we are thinking of you.

Sincerely,

Bob Collins and Family

Posted by Bob Collins - Acton, MA - Family Friend   May 24, 2020

Dear family of Gert,
I friended Gert when she bowled with the "Dennis Golfers" in the winter months. She was in need of a ride home so I would bring her home and that's how I got to know her and love her. She was a ray of sunshine with positive things to say about life. She was also a terrific bowler. We were all amazed how we would tell her where the pins were & she'd 'knock 'em down'! I was very sad when she said she was moving off Cape to be near her family. After watching the video I can see what an important place she held in the family. I'm so sorry for your loss but feel so grateful to have known and spent time with beautiful Gert.
Sincerely, Ann Berg (friend)

Posted by Ann Berg - South Dennis, MA - Friend   May 08, 2020

I send my deepest sympathy at so great a loss, made more difficult by your inability to be with her as she passed into Glory. I am sorry I did not have the blessing of knowing her. I know of her from her daughter Jill who is a wonderful friend of our community the Medical Missionaries of Mary. Be assured of our prayers in the coming days.

Posted by Sr Cheryl Blanchard MMM - Somerville, MA - Friend   May 08, 2020

Love and peace Auntie Gert. Ed,Jill,Doug,and kids, she was a blessing from the first day she came into this world. I hope you all find peace knowing she is with your dad and Tracy. I was blessed to have her and Uncle Ed in my life. I have fond memories that I will treasure forever. Love and prayers to you all.

Posted by Pamela Tolman-Liebermann - Melrose, MA - Family   May 07, 2020


The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   May 04, 2020


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