OBITUARY: James J. Flaherty, Jr., 40

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — James J. Flaherty, Jr., age 40, of Wilmington, passed away on March 30, 2021, following a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Jimmy was born on February 13, 1981, in Winchester, MA; he was the cherished son of the late James J. Flaherty, Sr. and Lisa (Guzzo-Flaherty) Nett. Jimmy was raised in Wilmington where he made many friends throughout the years; he spent countless afternoons after school with his best friend Mikey Carlson or with his High School Sweetheart Danielle who was a very special person to him. He attended Wilmington Schools and was quite an athlete; Jimmy played soccer and football but his passion was hockey. Jimmy played Wilmington Youth Hockey for several years and High School Hockey for the Wilmington Wildcats; Jimmy loved playing hockey, he had a competitive spirit and was a good player and teammate.

Jimmy’s family was the center of his world and he loved them with all his heart. Jimmy had lots of support from his family and extended family following the death of his dad when he was a small boy. Jimmy’s Uncle Jay took him under his wing; the two were very close and spent lots of time together. Jimmy had a great relationship with his Grampa Joe; their bond was unbreakable throughout the years. His Grampa Joe and his Gram Joannie were always there to help him out with anything he needed; he held such a special place in their life. Jimmy was always grateful for the help, love and support from his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins during this difficult time in his life.

Jimmy and his brother Nolan along with their Mom Lisa were extremely close; Jimmy and Nolan were “best buds” who enjoyed hanging out with friends, going camping and following their favorite Boston sports teams. When their Mom married Bill, Jimmy welcomed his new brother Anthony into his life who he loved to tease like a big brother would do and he was just thrilled when his baby sister Annalise was born; he fondly referred to her as his “little Nanooz”.

Jimmy had a great personality and sense of humor; he loved kids and was a typical prankster who enjoyed teasing them. Jimmy had a huge heart and great empathy for others less fortunate. His generous spirit along with his kind and loving nature led him to go out of his way to help anyone in need. Jimmy worked in the kitchen at Woodbriar Nursing Center for a few years and always took the time to sit and visit with the patients no matter how busy he was; the seniors held a special place in his heart.

Jimmy loved all the New England Sports teams but his all time favorite was the New England Patriots; he enjoyed watching Tom Brady become an incredible quarterback and lead his teams to many playoff games and Super Bowls. Jimmy looked forward to taking in the games with his family and friends; they always had a great time when they were together. Another favorite past time was music, Jimmy, enjoyed listening to music of all kinds and was known to belt out a few tunes every now and then.

Jimmy was a fighter who never gave up; upon receiving his devastating diagnosis nearly 20 years ago he never felt sorry for himself but kept pushing himself to get better. As his health declined he relied on his inner strength to get through some life threatening situations; Jimmy’s body was giving up on him but his mind and spirit were always present and he wanted to live as long as he could and spend as much time with his family as possible. Jimmy taught others the true meaning of unconditional love and strength.

Jimmy will be fondly remembered as a wonderful person, an angel on earth who spread love and kindness to everyone he met. His passing has left a huge void in the heart of his family and friends who will forever miss and love him.

Jimmy was the beloved son of Lisa and Bill Nett of Salem, NH and the late James J. Flaherty, Sr., loving brother of Nolan Flaherty of Derry, NH, Anthony Nett and Annalise Nett both of Salem, NH, dear Uncle of Liam Flaherty, cherished grandson of Joseph and Anne Guzzo and the late Paul and Joan Flaherty all of Wilmington and Gert Nett of Plaistow, NH. Special nephew of Teri Torchia & Olivier Morteau, Jay Guzzo, Steve Flaherty, Lynn Flaherty, Jean Perry, Kelly & Wayne Velozo, Timmy Flaherty, Carol & Jim Butler, Patty Stokes, Marty Flaherty, Joseph & Trudy Nett, Alice Roberts, Fran Nett, Tony Nett, John & Tracey Nett, Jim & Robin Nett, Peter Nett, the late Peggy DiDonato and Brian Roberts. Jimmy is further survived by many cousins and friends.

All are welcome to gather for a Graveside Service on Thursday, April 8th at 11:00 a.m. at the Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington, MA. In honor of Jimmy’s love for the New England Patriots; please wear your favorite Patriots Jersey and come in casual dress.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to https://gofund.me/ecce0107.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

James J. Flaherty, Jr.

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