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Paul Anthony Flaherty

January 21, 1957 ~ November 6, 2019

Paul Anthony Flaherty

On November 6th, 2019, Paul Anthony Flaherty, in his 63rd year, peacefully passed away at his home in Whitehorse, Yukon.   Paul was a loving husband,  father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend and mentor to many.

Paul was born in Toronto on January 12th, 1957, the eldest of 6, to Christine and Bernard Flaherty, and is survived by his wife Helen of 41 years, children:  Michael, Ryan, Courtney and granddaughter Lily, Jaclyn and Jessen, and Craig.

After graduating from the University of Western Ontario in London, Paul’s career with Bell Canada carried him across Ontario and Quebec and ultimately to Whitehorse as the President and CEO of Northwestel for the last 18 years.

Paul  always encouraged the pursuit of education at all levels and the healthy competition found in sport.  These interests culminated into his roles as the Chair of the Board of Governors at Yukon College for six years and the Canada Games Board of Directors for eleven years.   Paul also had an extreme love for the north and discovered it thoroughly by foot, raft, canoe, snowmobile, air and dogsled.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Paul Flaherty Bursary at Yukon College,  Maryhouse or the Whitehorse Food Bank.

Visitation will be held at Heritage North Funeral Home, 412 Cook St.  Whitehorse, YT, on Friday, November 8th at 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 406 Steele St.  Whitehorse, YT, on Saturday, November 9th at 1 p.m.  Reception to follow in the CYO Hall.
Interment will be held in Caledon, Ontario at St. Cornelius Church at a later date.

Comments (6)
  • 8 November 2019

    My condolences to Helen and all the family. I was so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing my thoughts and prayer go with you all at this sad time.

  • 8 November 2019

    Thank you dad for all you did for us kids. Love you very much and will miss you.

  • 10 November 2019

    You be missed by many Paul. I will always cherish the moments we worked together. RIP Paul.

  • 11 November 2019

    I was shocked and very saddened to learn of Paul’s passing. I worked directly for him when he first came to Whitehorse & took over the position of President & CEO. He was an amazing and very kind person. “It can’t be done ” was not in his vocabulary. He was disciplined, organized and well liked & respected. My sincere sympathies go out to Helen and the kids (Michael, Ryan, Jaclyn and Craig), and their spouses & his granddaughter Lily. He will not be forgotten.

  • 27 June 2020

    Paul was an incredible man who did so many great things. His overabundance of talent and kindness were obvious. His confidence allowed him to achieve so much, but his humility kept him grounded. I liked and respected Paul very much. My condolences to his family on this very sad loss.

  • 15 June 2022
    Barbara Robertson

    I just learned now of Paul’s passing. My condolences to his family and friends. I worked at nwtel for 9 years and Paul had great energy. Great guy. RIP Paul.

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