Robert “Rob” Flaherty
Robert Emmet Flaherty (Rob) passed peacefully on January 9, 2023, he was 55 years old and was a resident of Melbourne, Florida. Robert is survived by his sons Robert and Sean Patrick, his daughter Alexandra, and two step children Yeremi and Ashley. Robert was the eighth born child of Thomas (deceased Jan. 15, 2021) and Catherine Flaherty and he is survived by his mother, his two sisters Kathleen and Bernadette, his six brothers, Thomas, Martin, Kevin, Sean, Terrance, and Jerome.
Robert went to grammar school at Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa, New York were he played football as a wide receiver. Robert attended Amityville High School where he participated in a retail apprentice program. After a brief stint in retail Robert ventured to Manhattan to become a commodities trader and broker. He worked on the New York Futures Exchange at 7 World Trade Center. He traded in coffee, sugar, and cocoa for several years and was a talented arbitrageur. Robert switched to trading in oil. His career was abruptly interrupted by the events of 9/11/2001. Robert then went to live in Costa Rica where he worked for a sports book and enjoyed several years traveling the beaches and jungles in that beautiful country.
Robert returned to the U.S. a decade ago and took up residence in Melbourne, Florida in order to be closer to his family. He was semi-retired but occasionally worked for Uber on weekends for small change but big adventure! In his spare time Robert enjoyed Watching sports. He was an avid Fan of the New York Jets and the New York Rangers. Robert also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Bailey and Robert Emmet 3.
Rob had a big heart, a kind and gentle soul and he always told those he loved exactly how he felt about us. Rob lived freely and could see the humor and bright side in every situation. He had a unique and creative way of living. The love, compassion and humility he blessed us all with will be fondly remembered. He loved deeply and died in the arms of angels. May he rest in peace.