Catherine A. Flaherty

PORTLAND — Catherine A. Flaherty, 84, passed away peacefully with her loving daughters, Luana Frost and Kathy Smith and her grandson, Wayne Adams by her side.

Cathy was born in Sebago Lake on Aug. 2, 1926, and was the daughter of Rose Sanborn Thomas and Alden Thomas Sr. Cathy went to Sebago area schools and worked for many years at Fairchild Semiconductor before retiring.

Her passions were her three grandchildren and her four great-grandchildren. She loved them with all of her heart. She loved to walk with her loving husband, John Flaherty, who passed away on March 24, 2010. They had been married for 48 years and on Nov. 18, 2011, they will be able to celebrate their 50th anniversary together in Heaven.

Cathy loved the Statler Brothers and was always listening to them; Lew DeWitt was her favorite. She also loved her scratch tickets and playing the slot machines as she made many trips to Foxwoods and Atlantic City. If there were a place to go fishing, she would want to do it. She was always smiling and laughing.
She is survived by daughters, Luana Frost of Valrico, Fla. and Kathy Smith of Portland; several nieces, nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. She loved them all very much.

She was predeceased by all of her siblings: Alden Jr., Donald, Ted, Olin, Clarence, Jimmy, Mary, Eunice, Evelyn and Margaret; and their loving parents, Rose and Alden Thomas Sr. Now the circle is unbroken!

A celebration of Cathy’s life was held at the Embassy Hotel near the Portland Jetport on Saturday. Arrangements are under the guidance of Independent Death Care, 660 Brighton Avenue in Portland. To offer words of condolence to the family, sign a guest book and share memories, go to the obituary page at

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