Michael Lee Fluharty, 63, of Silver Spring, Md., beloved father, proud grandfather, ex-husband, brother, friend and colleague, peacefully passed away on March 21, 2014, after a long and courageous 10 year battle with Multiple System Atrophy.
He was born in Parkersburg on March 2, 1951, to Alice Hill and Robert Scott Fluharty Sr. Michael was an adventurous child who excelled in school, baseball and Eagle Scouts. He completed his bachelor's and master's of journalism in 1979 from West Virginia University and never passed up the opportunity for good bit of ruckus along the way. He then went on to spread his gift of writing in the Washington D.C.-Annapolis area as a public affairs specialist and director in several government agencies. His true loves were chocolate, skiing, baseball games, photography, biking, cooking, traveling, his cats Sonny and Cher (oh yes, he did), and his daughters, not necessarily in that order. His heart was most content when he was sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, that is if the boat was afloat and the engine actually started. Although stricken with a disability himself, he strived to give back to his community by cooking in soup kitchens on Thanksgiving, donating gifts to Toys for Tots and delivering Meals on Wheels at a time when he could barely walk. Michael exemplified selflessness, generosity and courage throughout his short 63 years.
He is survived by his daughters, Amanda Tucci (Brian) of Gaithersburg, Md., and Megan Fluharty of Bethesda, Md.; granddaughter, Zoe Tucci; ex-wife, Alberta Fluharty of Severna Park, Md.; brother, Robert Scott Fluharty Jr. (Patricia) of Parkersburg; nieces Kelly Fluharty (Lloyd Farinash), Erin Fluharty (Michael Dech), Kerry Fluharty; and several great nieces and nephews. Mr. Fluharty was preceded in death by his parents, Alice Hill and Robert Scott Fluharty Sr.
A memorial service in his honor will be held at noon Sunday at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St., Annapolis, Md.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Georgetown University Medical Center to aid in the fight to find a cure for MSA. Donations in memory of Michael L. Fluharty can be sent to Georgetown University, Attn: Jamie Cooper, 3300 Whitehaven St., Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20007.