SMSgt. James A. Doherty, USAF (ret.), 85, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 3, 1928, to parents James P. and Sarah A. Doherty. James grew up in New Ross, Ireland, and received his bachelor's degree in business from McKendree College, graduating first in his class. He joined the United States Air Force
in 1952, serving for over 20 years before moving into Civil Service, where he served until his retirement in 1991.
Throughout his life, James's primary focus was his family. He was never happier than when he was spending time with them. He loved to travel with his kids and grandkids, and especially loved to plan to travel with them, carefully thinking through each detail of the trip to ensure that everyone would have a fun time.
James was hard-working and disciplined, rarely missing a day of work and often putting in long hours, but always managed to make time for his children. He was a hands-on, involved dad and granddad. He loved playing games with his grandkids and attending their band concerts, dance recitals, sporting events, birthdays, and graduations.
James was quiet, but he could crack you up with a dry joke or comment. He had a great sense of humor and a warm smile and laugh.
James was a devout Catholic and member of St. Mark's Catholic Church. He was a lifelong Dodgers fan, an avid golfer, and a daily solver of crossword puzzles.
His family remembers him as kind, funny, humble, and selfless; and as a true gentleman.
James is preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Patricia R. Doherty, of 47 years. He is survived by his second wife, Margaret Doherty, of 7 years; daughter, Jayne L. Lovitt, and husband, Michael; son, David J. Doherty, and wife, Rowena; grandchildren, Michael, Jason, Cassie, Amanda, and Ian; great-grandchildren, Madison and Kinsley; brother, John Doherty and wife, Kay; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Porter Loring Mortuary North. Interment with Military Honors will take place at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cure Alzheimer's Fund.
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