June 16, 2013
John Vincent Dougherty Jr., 36, of Jacksonville, Fla., was unexpectedly taken from us Sunday.
Born Dec. 16, 1976, he was a son of John and Jeanie Dougherty, Camp Hill.
John graduated from Exeter High School, Reading, and attended Penn State University
, where he studied mechanical electrical engineering.
He moved to Jacksonville in 2002 and was working at Publix Super Markets Inc.
John will always be remembered as a guy who would never say no to a friend in need, who was known as "Mr. Fixit" and could build or repair anything. His knowledge was endless and his ability to figure out and solve any problem was uncanny. His passion for nature, the beach and animals defined him. John always said, "I love animals because they never judge you and they offer unconditional love."
To all who knew him and to all the lives he touched he will be forever missed.
His love for people and life, his smile, his amazing ability to make anyone laugh, the stories and memories we all share will always be in our hearts.
He was the most wonderful friend, son, brother and uncle anyone could ask for. John would often say, "life is one big cycle of beginnings and endings, and when I go, celebrate my life." John lived life to the fullest and always found the positive in every situation. "Tomorrow will be a new day and that's the beauty of it, nothing lasts forever."
John is survived by and will be forever remembered by his best friend and dad, John Dougherty Sr.; his mother, Jeanie Dougherty; two sisters, Kathleen Klingaman and Suzanne Winkler; two brothers, Rick Klingaman and Brad Winkler; his girlfriend, Emily Atkinson; four nieces, Megan, Leah, Ava and Grace; two nephews, Owen John and Bradley Jay; 14 aunts and uncles; 46 cousins; and countless friends.
A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd., Jacksonville. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church of the Beaches, 2125 Oceanfront and Seagate, Neptune Beach, Fla., and a reception to follow at the RITZ, 185 Third Ave. North, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Publix Super Markets, 7117 Merrill Road, Jacksonville, FL 32277, 904-744-7983 or Jacksonville Human Society, 8464 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216.