Mary Agnes Flahiff

(nee Cunningham)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, wife and friend, Mary Agnes Flahiff (nee Cunningham), the heart and soul of our family. She died peacefully March 5, 2013 in the arms of her family, after a long and brave struggle. The daughter of Joseph and Marcelle (Finn) Cunningham, she was born in 1928 and was pre-deceased by her two brothers, Jock and Leo, and her sister, Katherine Ewert. She leaves behind her beloved husband, Michael, her four sons and their wives Terrence (Debra Lee), Michael (Bette), Mark (Louise), Donald (Judy) and her grandchildren, Krysta and Michael Cesare.

A graduate of Little Flower Academy, where Mary Agnes met so many of her life long friends, she married Michael Flahiff in 1953 and they brought up the four boys in a succession of homes in Vancouver and Victoria. They made many friends and Mary Agnes became an accomplished hostess, chef, block “mom” and confidant. She devoted much of her spare time to volunteer charity work, notably with the Women’s Auxiliary at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Her family was her life and she imbued it with her faith, love of laughter, and a sense of humour that served her and Michael well in the challenging role of raising four headstrong boys. To this day, many of the friends of the boys considered mom as part of their own families, and many summer days were filled with the laughter and fun of their own children in the family front yard.

The funeral will be held at Immaculate Conception Church at 11am on March 11, 2013. In honour of her life-long, giving nature, donations in her name to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC would be greatly appreciated.

You will always rest peacefully in our hearts, Mom.

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