Private funeral services have been held in Florida for Bernard Michael Flaherty. He passed away Sept. 22 with his son, daughter-in-law and former wife by his side. He was born March 4, 1946 in Jersey City to Bernard and Florence Flaherty. He attended St Joseph’s Grammar School in Jersey City and Saint Michael’s High School in Union City. He was a veteran, having served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Upon returning from military service, he joined the Jersey City Fire Department. He was a firefighter who was especially fond of his service with Engine 8 and his unique Fire Department Badge 222. After retiring from the Fire Department, Bernard moved to Florida where he was active with the Vietnam Veterans and raising his son. After becoming an amputee in a motorcycle accident in 1985, Bernie was very involved with the charitable organization “50 Legs.” On the subject of life in Florida with his son, Bernie would often say with a big smile “just another day in paradise.” Bernard is survived by his mother Florence Flaherty, his son Rory Flaherty and daughter-in-law Liz and Bernie’s former wife Liz Winter. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses Kelvin (Pat), Joan (John), Judith (L.W.) and Jimmie. He is also survived by his nephews John Booth, Jason Booth, Jeremy Lucca Flaherty and his niece Jennifer Gomez-Hall. Private funeral services will be in Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations to “Wounded Warriors” or “50legs.org” or one’s favorite charity.