Life Story / Obituary


Robert Fluharty, age 60, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2023, in a sudden car accident. He was born on July 26, 1962, in Dearborn, MI to the late Mary Joan and William Fluharty. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cathy (Mumy); two children, Erin (Spencer) Scanlon and William (Shelby) Fluharty; siblings, Patrick (Beth) Fluharty, Timothy (Jane) Fluharty, William (Darcy) Fluharty, and Richard (Lisa) Fluharty; sisters-in-law, Joyce (Kenneth) Clark, Carol Mumy, and Becky Mumy; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws; Lena (Tina), and Chum Mumy, grandparents, and brother-in-law, Edward Mumy.

Rob was born the fourth of five boys and served in the Navy from 1983 to 1987; he was stationed in Japan and was honorably discharged. He moved to Traverse City to attend the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and had a successful career as an engineer on freighters stationed on the Great Lakes and Ocean. He married the love of his life, Cathy Mumy on March 6th, 1993, in Traverse City.

When Rob wasn't sailing the Great Lakes, he could often be found at his family's property in Wolverine, Michigan. It was his favorite place on Earth, and he was always proud to tell people about it. He loved to build things, and he was always working on improvement projects at the property.

One of his favorite projects was the recently completed sunroom he finished at the property. He spent many hours working on it and was so proud when it finished. Rob loved to sit in his new sunroom, watching the wildlife and enjoying good conversations with anyone who was there.

Rob was always good for a laugh. He had a quick wit and a sharp sense of humor. Rob loved to tell jokes and stories and always knew how to make people smile. He was a joy to be around and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Rob would have wanted his friends and family to celebrate his life in place of services, not mourn his death.

So please join us for a Celebration of Life later this summer. We will share stories, laugh, and remember Rob the way he would have wanted to be remembered.

In place of flowers, the family requests that you enjoy a good campfire in your backyard with friends and family.

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