Family and friends will remember Geraghty at prayer service Saturday

Family and friends will remember Geraghty at prayer service Saturday

CUMBERLAND – Friends and family of David Geraghty will celebrate his life during a service of prayer this Saturday, Jan. 2, in Lincoln. Donations are being requested for the Lyme disease foundation set up in Geraghty’s name.

Geraghty, 53, a 20-year Cumberland resident, died on Dec. 22 at Coventry Center in Coventry after a two-year battle with chronic Lyme disease. The popular former assistant principal at Shea High and Tolman High in Pawtucket was married to Tara (Pryhoda) Geraghty. The Central Falls native is also survived by his two children, twins Brynn and Callen.

The Breeze reported last year on Geraghty's fight with the disease and his wife's fight for a correct diagnosis. Students and staff at city schools had held ice bucket challenge events to help raise money for ALS research. Doctors had incorrectly diagnosed Geraghty with ALS.

Tara Geraghty became suspicious that her husband didn’t have ALS after she saw his health improve over two months. After finally seeing a Lyme specialist, she sent a vial of his blood to a lab in California and soon received analysis back showing that her husband had Lyme disease, not ALS.

Dave Geraghty was the assistant principal at Tolman for more than a year, after previously serving as the assistant principal at Shea for more than 12 years. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rhode Island College and his CAGS from Bridgewater State University.

Former students, colleagues and family friends of Geraghty have flooded social media in recent days with condolences to the Geraghty family. The sign in front of Shea declared that Geraghty is “Always a Raider.”

Geraghty was the reigning New England champion of full-contact origami. He owned four Labradors, Murphy, Seamus, Chloe and Clancy.

The prayer service for Geraghty will be celebrated this Saturday, Jan. 2, at 6 p.m. at Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 2-6 p.m. Please omit flowers. Make contributions in Geraghty’s memory to the Geraghty Lyme Foundation, P.O. Box 40873, Providence, RI 02940. For directions and guest book, visit .


This story resembles much of my life for the past 15 months. I CRIED while reading it. I too cannot understand why I have had to suffer so long with a disease that could have been diagnosed much, much earlier and now suffer daily. I pray for answers, those that suffer and those that watch us suffer that have no idea what to do for us.