Tomorrow, September 22nd is the birthday of an incredible man,
John "Duffy" Doherty!!
Happy Birthday John!
Love you and miss you!
To the Doherty family....
My mother Irene Cash Verna and her husband Joe Verna of Natick send their belated condolences. My mother and John's wife were great friends and Ann was my Godmother. I remember growing up in Natick and always hearing about John and coaching football. They were a great couple. May you treasure the memories you have. God Bless you all.
Dear Christine, Johnny, Kevin and Gary…I am so sorry to hear the news about your Dad. I know that these past several years he was ill, and perhaps not quite the man he once was, but for me, John Doherty will always be the man in that iconic newspaper photo of him, standing on the football field, larger than life, his players at his feet, the sun at his back, like some sort of Greek god among mere mortals. He would often pop in unexpectedly to our little house in Milford and suddenly, an ordinary day became special. He brought so much to our family: friendship, fun, laughter, love and even an occasional song or two. We are so blessed to have known him. With love and deepest sympathy, Patty
To the Doherty Family
Your dad, affectionatly known to our football team as Duffy in 1966 at Shelton High School, Shelton, CT. My name is Richard Osso and was captain of his 1967 team. He called me Oss. Duffy was more to me than a football coach. He was my teacher of life, compassion, sportsmanship, work ethic and many more qualities. I have my highschool yearbook with his photo as a young English Teacher and coach. I loved him dearly. I can be reached in the Shelton, CT area so please contact me. My oldest son also attended Curry Collage. Deeply sorry for your loss.
I almost forgot "Coach", "Two truths are told to the imperial theme, I thank you gentlemen"
I am so sad to hear this news! Mr. Doherty you were my favorite all time teacher at NHS. I had the pleasure of having you throughout my HS years. I remember coming to class a minute late and every time you asked for a piece of silver for that infraction, all of which you always spent on cough drops and Kleenex for your classes.You chewed me out for quitting school and were the reason I went back to finish my junior and senior years together so I could graduate with my class in '86.You gave me a love for reading that I passed down to my son. My heart is breaking a little today. May you rest in peace.You were a fine man!
I am so sad to hear this news! Mr. Doherty you were my favorite all time teacher at NHS. I had the pleasure of having you throughout my HS years. I remember coming to class a minute late and every time you asked for a piece of silver for that infraction, all of which you always spent on cough drops and Kleenex for your classes.You gave me a love for reading which I passed on to my son.You chewed me out for quitting school and were the reason I went back to finish my junior and senior years together so I could graduate with my class in '86. My heart is breaking a little today. May you rest in peace.You were a fine man!
Next to my father "Duffy" was the greatest man I've ever known. This Hall of Fame coach and English teacher, DEMANDED that we become better men. He DEMANDED that we improve our character, ignored pain, demonstrate courage, show pride in our college, team, each other and ourselves. I feared him and loved him at the same time. I never once heard him blow a whistle, instead he would barbarically growl at us. Faith, Family, Friends and Football was his creed. Faith in God being the most important. I vividly remember "Duffy's Death Camp" as a Freshman. There were 100 players, 5 grueling sessions a day for 2 weeks, the first one at 5:00 am, still dark, and being ravaged by mosquitos. Our bodies and minds were in shock. After the 4th day.... 35-40 players would have quit, never to return. I feel so blessed to have been a part of this and the incredibly close friends I made during these years.
Billy Ketch #37
Words cannot express how grateful i am to share my Dad with so
many. He was human, with the same faults that we ourselves carry but he hadso mant gifts that sound so simple but mean so much. I hope you all remember him for the good things he brought - his heart, soul, and love of life and people.
Christine, John, Kevin, & Gary
As the "fourth" son you know how I felt about your father. Duffy was a believer in me and my abilities from an early age. This had such an impact in my development as an athlete and a person. He was such a great mentor and well respected in so many ways! In addition to the memories on the football field, I will rememeber even more the laughs and good times at Arnold Rd. Him singing his signature song at my wedding was a true hilight. Beyond all the wins I know he would agree his biggest accomplishments were his four wonderful children. Your mother, who was taken much too early, would be proud of you all. Duffy has gone to a better place. God Bless!
My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. May your treasured memories and the drawing close to God in prayer help comfort you in your time of sorrow. Jeremiah 29:12,13
My most vivid memory of your Dad was watching him bet on the Horse Races that had been taped earlier in the day from Suffolk Downs with all the Doherty boys. I was about 16 and had a laugh every time I saw him. I wish I knew him better, but I can see the profound impact he had on all of you. Two Football Coaches and 4 exceptional people.
I will pray for eternal peace for Coach Doherty, and consider myself blessed for having the opportunity to call Gary one of my closest friends.
God Bless-Tim Downing
To All of The Doherty FamilyI am so sad. John was the best. So much fun,his voice, singing A Mother's Love's a Blessing, being so much a part of Black Rock. So Many Memories of John.
Ann was his best friend and love. Who else would take his bride on a honeymoon with the football team. Ann was there forever with her family and John knew how much love she had for him and their children. Now they are together once again.
My sincere condolences and prayers.
Valerie Burns Richards
To the Doherty family,
We're very sorry for your loss. What a great guy he was!
From the McIntosh Family
To the Doherty family,
Our deepest sympathy to you all.
While we did not know your dad well, we live at 60 Arnold Rd. in your old house. From the moment we walked through those doors and met your dad, we felt instant karma. For the twelve years we have lived here and whenever someone finds out we are living in "Coach Doherty's" house, we hear all the great stories and memories of great admiration and respect. It has become folklore associated with our "new" home. We know how much he will be missed. Our thoughts are with you all. Lisa and Jim Lee
Coach Doherty was a man of great admiration, he had a powerful influence on everyone he met. A great football coach, teacher and singer. I remember Mr.Doherty singing Danny Boy for the talent show during football camp. He will be missed by many far and wide. My heart felt sympathy and prayers go out to his family. God Bless.
Coach, thank you for teaching me so much about a game we both believed was the greatest game of all- football. More importantly, thank you being a role model who demanded his players not just be good football players but well rounded individuals. When I look back at those years, the players you guided, I see they are good people, good fathers, good husbands, good in their communities, all from your influence. Thank you.
To Christine, Johnny, Kevin, Gary and grandchildren, my deepest sympathies.
Gary, I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
I'm sorry for your loss. My family will keep you in our prayers. Our deepest condolences.
Coach, Thank you for the guidance and opportunities on the field and in the classroom. I'll always remember quoting Shakespeare in English class and then going out and knocking heads! Your influence is with me and many others every day. We were so fortunate to play for you and achieve success. My deepest sympathy to Christine, Johnny, Kevin, Gary and all your grandchildren.
he was one of the best Teachers & the best homeroom teacher! made you laugh & if late sing Danny Boy or bring in candy will be missed God speed Mr Doherty
Coach Doherty Although I never played for you at Catholic Memorial back in the day, Coach Jim O Connor, Coach Ron Lewis and Coach Jake Lyons all spoke so highly of you and and held you in such high esteem. Coach, May you rest in the eternal peace of our Lord. Gary head up no regrets remember the good times
It is with great sorrowI hear of John's passing. He was a wonderful companion and friend through high school and college. I followed his career as Father and Coach through the years with great joy. I consider myself so fortunate to have had him as my friend, John and his family will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Love Tom and Mary Hanlon
Where Do I Start...
From the day he told me that I had to be strong on the football field...words of wisdom which I follow Always!
I remember all of the post football parties and how Christine and I could NEVER do anything wrong in his eyes! Uncle John always showed up at every party and made us all sing....Danny Boy will never be the same! Poor Johnny...he gave Johnny One Note "his" title...while Kevin sang about Christmas 12 months a year! And Gary...what can I say...he made us laugh when he was small (with that Bible)...and still makes us laugh today!
Uncle John, you and Aunt Ann created the BEST kids ever...and I am sooo glad that you are both reunited in heaven! Save a spot for me, will you? Love YOU!
We are so sorry to hear the news of Coach Doherty. He was a remarkable man. We admired him and respected the way he not only coached football but also the impact he had on the people he loved.
You live among us and we thank you for that. You are an every day name at our house-thank you Coach.
John, Gary, Kevin and Christine, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lorraine, David, Caroline and Cassandra Saad
To the Doherty Family,
Your dad was the definition of man, father and coach. He had a huge impact on my brother, Mike, as his football coach and mentor. I will always remember sitting near him at Sunday Mass at St. Catherine's just so I could hear him sing. He has a special spot in Heaven today. My prayers and condolences are sent to all who know and love him.
Christine, Johnny, Kevin and Gary,
I am sooo sorry for your loss, however the gain of an angel always brings comfort! Your dad was one of the greatest men in this earth! His unconditional love, warm smile and contagious laughter will forever be engraved in my mind and my heart! My fondest memories: my morning rides to Norwood High School and our coffee and hot chocolate run two Dunks (always accompanied with two donuts), and my senior recital encore of Danny Boy!!! I know that your mom, Nana, Papa, my mom, Uncle Eddie and Uncle Bernie are having the most magnificent celebration!! I love you all sooo much! God Bless You, Uncle John...And thank YOU!!!
John, Christine, Kevin, and Gary,
Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to you and your families on the loss of your dear father. We pray that you are able to find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of your father, as well as the comfort and support provided by your family and friends.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
To The Doherty Family
The picture is such a perfect way to remember Coach Doherty. Always smiling and so upbeat. When visiting my aunt at St. Pats I would often sneak a visit to see his big smile. Our family thought so much of your Dad and I know he smiling down on all of you from heaven. May you feel the love and prayers from all who loved him.
Christine, Johnny, Kevin and Gary,
I am sooo sorry for your loss! Your dad meant the world to me! I will never forget our morning car rides to Norwood High School...always with a stop to Dunkin Donuts for a coffee and a donut;). After mom died, he graciously offered to drive me to school...I loved our morning chats! He taught me many life lessons...but what I will cherish always, is my love of singing and music...which came from him! Singing "Danny Boy" at all of the Doherty Parties will be forever engraved in my brain! I love you, Uncle John! Thank you for your unconditional love, your warm smile and your contagious laughter! You will be missed! But your welcome to heaven will be soo great and you will be greatly rewarded for a job well done here on earth!
Thank You Coach, for all those rides to football practices when I was a young boy, and also passing me Senior year English, when I was a big boy...R.I.P. Duff
To All the Dohertys,
I know I speak for all the Monahan's when I tell you that we cherished every minute we had with your Dad. He came into our lives many years after our Dad died at a very young age.He was such a dear friend to our Mom Theresa. She was finally able to relax ,have fun and travel after many years of concentrating on raising her 7 children alone. He lit up our lives.He was such a power of example to all of us and our children. We all adored him.
We will never forget his positive way of living. He was "terrific "!!
Until we meet again Good friend.. ..Patti Monahan McGee
To the Doherty Family, In the near future when you introduce yourselves as being part of 'Duffy's family, you will hear stories of how 'Duffy' taught, mentored, set an example for, guided and coached and how better off all who were fortunate enough to be part of his life are better off now because he was part of theirs.Then you will smile knowing his lessons will continue to be taught and so he will never really be gone because his memory will live on.
To the Coach's Family:
I reached out to Coach Doherty a few years back to say 'hello' and to thank him for teaching me about football and life so many years ago.
He was tough and caring at the same time and he left his positive mark on my life and future endeavors! I know God is saying, "Well done Coach!" as He welcomes into paradise!
Coach, May God bless and keep you!
Major James H. Rowley
R.I. State Police (ret.)
#50 Class of 1966 C.M.
My thoughts are with you all, You will be forever missed! I hear Oh Danny Boy and i always think of you, give my cousin
a big hug in heaven from me, you were the best.
John, Christine, Kevin and Gary, your father's larger than life presence will be missed. A man of great stature, class and grace. For many, he was more than a great football coach, he was an inspiration to us all and positive role model. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies are with you all.
Christine, John, Kevin & Gary,
Your Dad was not only the greatest football coach I had the priviledge of playing for but a life coach for me as well. Many lessons learned from your Dad on the playing field I carry still with me today. A great man and a great loss. My sincere condolences to the entire Doherty Family.
one of the greatest men iv'e ever known=put my family over anything cared more about me than football when my dad was passing in 1977=asked every day about my dad before practice=sorry for your loss!!!
greatest man ever--
he cared wholeheartedly for me when my dad was on his death bed in highschool every day asking if i needed anything at football practice=he always put family over anything= god bless ou duff!
John, Christine, Kevin and Gary, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a wonderful person. As Beth said, his smile and twinkle in his eyes would light up a room.
KD, John, Gary and Christine,
I'm sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great man. As do many, I have wonderful memories of time spent with your Dad and family. I cannot listen to "Oh Danny Boy" without a huge smile coming across my face and warmth filling my heart. He was the best. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
John, Christine, Kevin and Gary, Want to be sure this is posted so you will know how much all of us who were part of the Mustangs loved your dad. After mine had a stroke in April of 1974 you dad became like I second father to me. Know you and your whole family are in my thoughts and heart during these sad days
John, Christine, Kevin and Gary: Your dad was like a second father to me after my dad had a stroke in April of 1974. He was a dear friend and a great teacher and coach and loved by all of us who were part of the Norwood High Football team during his years as head coach. Know you are all in my heart and thoughts during these sad days
Coach Duffy....Today I morn a true coach. He was very special to me. He was a good man and he build many a young man's character...that carried on later in life. I count myself as one of those young men. Coach, may God bless your walk in Heaven and I am sure your whistle will be blowing somewhere tonight. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May our Lord watch over them in their time of sorrow and soften the pain of his passing. Amen.
John, Christine, Kevin and Gary,
I loved your dad. I will always remember how warmly I was treated whenever I came home with John from college to spend the weekend for football games, Thanksgiving or just some great home-cooked food. And I will never forget the after-dinner singing, talking and just being part of a family that created its own entertainment. Those moments, led by your dad, have influenced greatly how I wanted to be, and hopefully became, a good dad. I will miss him. My prayers are with all of you. God Bless you all.
Christine, Johnny, Kevin&Gary..."We all take comfort in the fact that a part of your Dad will continue to live, reflected in the lives of the young people whom he coached, guided and inspired over the years. Your Dad was a man that gave unselfisly of himself, perhaps the greatest gift of all, and those, who surrounded him who were fortunate enough to fall under his care have carried the ideals and knowledge he instilled in them into the world at large."
I was so blessed to have you and Auntie Ann as my godparents. Most of my favorite memories growing up were on Arnold Rd with the Doherty clan which extends well beyond the Doherty family. Your friends were like family too. I loved so much about you, but especially loved how you lit up when people you loved entered the room. I loved how you always told me I looked terrific! We all loved you so much Duffy. I know you will be missed by all your wonderful children and grandchildren. We will miss you dearly but are at peace knowing you are reunited with Auntie Ann. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Doherty's today. God bless.
Christine, John, Kevin & Gary. Your dad was a great guy. We all have some great memories and funny stories that we all laugh about. He put Norwood football on the map and all of us players are lucky to have played for him. Your family and the town of Norwood lost a great guy. His legacy will be remembered always. Rest in peace Duffy.
Christine,Johnny,Kevin and Gary,
Uncle John was the best! I will miss his smile, laugh and the twinkle in his eyes. He is up in heaven with your Mom and my Dad. He was so loved by all. My prayers are with you. God Bless.
Love Beth, Jim & Brianna
A sad day for the Doherty family, we lost our wonderful Uncle John. We love you Uncle John and you will be missed very much. You were such a great uncle!
Karen, Michael, Michael Jr, Kaitlyn