Doane Beal & Ames


Benjamin Michael Flaherty

October 7, 2019April 15, 2021
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Benjamin Michael Flaherty, beloved infant son of Danielle Elizabeth Flaherty, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 15, 2021 after a year-long courageous battle with Alexander’s Disease. Benjamin was 18 months old.

Although Benjamin’s time on Earth was limited, he touched countless lives. He was the embodiment of pure love. Benjamin was able to teach profound life lessons to all who knew him without ever speaking a word. He brought so much joy to the world, and will continue to be a guiding light for his family.

In addition to his mother, sweet Benjamin leaves behind his sister Kailyn Byington and his maternal grandfather Michael Flaherty Sr. both of Dennisport MA, his maternal grandmother Elizabeth Tocci and his uncle Michael Flaherty Jr. of Londonderry NH. Benjamin also leaves his paternal grandmother Barbara O’Hara and his aunt Amy Phipps, both of Rockland MA and his paternal great grandmother, Rosemary Flaherty originally from Ashland MA, as well as numerous other relatives.

Benjamin’s family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who spent countless hours caring for Ben.

Calling hours will be 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Wednesday 4/21 at Doane, Beal and Ames Funeral Home in South Dennis MA. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on 4/22 at Our Lady of the Cape in Brewster MA.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to United Leukodystrophy Foundation. For online condolences, please visit


  • Calling Hours

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, April 22, 2021


  • Committal Service

    Thursday, April 22, 2021


Benjamin Michael Flaherty

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Kimberly Volunteer for the Dragonfly Project

April 18, 2021

The Dragonfly Story

“In the bottom of an old pond lived some grubs who could not understand why none of their group ever came back after crawling up the stems of the lilies to the top of the water. They promised each other that the next one who was called to make the upward climb would return and tell what happened to him. Soon one of them felt an urgent impulse to seek the surface; he rested himself on the top of a lily pad and went through a glorious transformation, which made him a dragonfly with beautiful wings. In vain he tried to keep his promise. Flying back and forth over the pond, he peered down at his friends below. Then he realized that even if they could see him they would not recognize such a radiant creature as one of their number.
The fact that we cannot see our friends or communicate with them after the transformation, which we call death, is no proof that they cease to exist.”

Walter Dudley Cavert

Jim Day

April 18, 2021

I’m sorry for your loss,May the Lil guy
R. I.P with all the other Angels. Thoughts and prayers for you all.