West Bridgewater student documents grandfather Vic Flaherty Sr.’s legacy in town

Mina Corpuz

| The Enterprise

WEST BRIDGEWATER — When Ashley Flaherty received the assignment to create a documentary in her television production class, she thought about her grandfather, the late Vic Flaherty Sr.

The former selectman who served for nine years died in 2010 at the age of 75. She knew that her grandmother Lois and family members would appreciate a project that showcases his life and legacy.

“I kept thinking about how special it would be to do it about him,” said Ashley Flaherty, a senior at West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School.

She is the daughter of Richard Flaherty, who is a canine handler for West Bridgewater police. Her uncle, Vic Flaherty Jr., is the police chief.

Her grandfather also had four daughters and another son. Flaherty had 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, according to his obituary.

Ashley Flaherty has gotten started interviewing family members and people in town who knew her grandfather.

They have been able to tell her about his life before she was born. Older cousins shared memories of playing the card game cribbage with him. Ashley Flaherty has also been able to learn more about her grandfather’s military service during the Korean War.

“I wanted to know more about him through what I did (for the project),” she said.

Ashley Flaherty plans to incorporate some of her memories of her grandfather, too.

She was five when the police and fire departments were being rebuilt — projects that her grandfather helped get completed. Ashley Flaherty said she and her sister Brianna would go to the departments and wear mini helmets.

Vic Flaherty Sr. helped with other building projects, including at the Howard School and Town Hall. He was in the middle of the Town Hall project when he died, his granddaughter said.

An award was created in his honor that recognizes a resident who has volunteered in town, and it is given yearly at the annual town meeting.

He also was a part of youth baseball in Brockton and West Bridgewater. His children went on to play baseball and softball and umpire for games.

Vic Flaherty Sr.’s interest in sports has also had an impact on Ashley Flaherty. She hopes to become a reporter who covers baseball.

Ashley Flaherty’s documentary, which is expected to be complete in May, will be least 10 minutes long, include interviews, photos and video footage and be narrated by her.

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