Robert Christopher “Chris” Flaherty, 49, of Taylorville, passed away on January 27, 2021. 

Chris was born on April 10, 1971 in Hillsboro, the son of Robert E. and Constance (Sides) Flaherty. He graduated from Taylorville Senior High in 1989, and married Jacki Marion on January 23, 1993.  They later divorced. Chris, then, met Barbara L. Miller in 1999, and they remained together thereafter. She was the love of his life.

Chris enjoyed sports, especially watching the Cubs and Bears games! He played baseball in his youth, and was known for being quick on his feet. Chris enjoyed singing, and had a beautiful voice. He had a smile and laugh that lit up the room instantly. Chris loved spending time with friends and family, playing with his grandkids, and cleaning his jeep. He was very well known and loved by those who knew him best. For the last decade or so of his life, Chris lived in North Dakota, where he made several great friends while working for PSS Pipeline Supply.

He was preceded in death by his fiancée, Barbara L. Miller, just 47 days prior to his passing, and they now share eternal life; his maternal grandparents, John and Teresa Sides of Nokomis; his paternal grandparents, Bob and Laverna Flaherty of Morrisonville; uncle, Butch Sides; and aunt, Kathy Clay and her husband, Ronnie.

Chris is survived by his parents, Robert E. and Constance (Sides) Flaherty of Taylorville; daughters, Sydney Miller of Taylorville, Madison Miller of Morrisonville, and Gabrielle Flaherty of Kincaid; son Brayden Flaherty of Kincaid; 5 grandchildren Ayva "The Bug", Luna, Leo, Myah and Major; brothers, Don (wife, Kim) Pembroke of Taylorville, and Arland Pembroke of Rochester; nieces and nephews, Gavin, Delanie, Karrick, and Kason Pembroke; aunts, Debbie (husband, Steve) Zueck, Debra Loveless, Gerlinda (husband, Jerry) Johnson, Sally Sides, Sheila Crowder, and Patty Enlow; uncles, Barry Sides; several cousins.  

The family will host a celebration of life for both, Chris and Barb, beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Mity’s Pub, 400 S. Spresser Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

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