Pat Flaherty
Pat Flaherty -

James Patrick Flaherty (born 12 December 1923) is an Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1962 to 1984, representing the electorate of Granville.

Flaherty was born in Granville, and was educated at Blaxcell Street Public School and Marist Brothers High School, Parramatta. He was a carpenter and joiner by trade. He was an alderman on the City of Parramatta council from 1957 to 1962, serving as Deputy Mayor in 1960 and Mayor in 1962.

Flaherty entered state politics at the 1962 state election, when he defeated the incumbent Labor MLA for the safe seat of Granville, Bill Lamb, for preselection. He was re-elected without difficulty on seven occasions, and retired at the 1984 state election, where he was replaced by future federal minister Laurie Ferguson, (son of another Old Boy).

John Flaherty, son of James Patrick (Pat) Flaherty , advised us that his father, Pat Flaherty, former Mayor of Parramatta (1962) and Former Member for Granville, passed away at approximately 2.30am on Monday 9 December 2013, just 3 days short of his 90th Birthday on the 12 December 2013.
Pat had been dealing with Kidney stones for the past 50 years. He was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 1995, and subsequent treatment put him into remission up until the start of 2012, where it was apparent that the cancer had returned.
He passed quietly in his sleep, whilst in the Palliative Care unit here in Townsville, due to Kidney complications. He is survived by his wife Joyce, and his son's David, James and John.
Our prayers are with Pat's family and we give thanks to a life of community service and the pursuit of social justice.