Michael Sonto DOCHERTY

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DOCHERTY, Michael Sonto Born March 28th, 1945; reborn into the Kingdom of God on March 28th, 2013. Mike was a walking miracle touching the lives of so many through his profound journey with cancer. Predeceased by his first wife Gail Docherty and son Ronn Docherty, Mike will be forever in our hearts. His life is celebrated by his loving family including: wife Suzie, sons Paul (Karen), and grandson Branden, and Kraig (Vanessa) Docherty, stepchildren Sam (Carrie), Luke (Summer) and Mary Turri, brother Ron (Lorraine) Docherty and sister Marlene (Mel) Beg, niece Farrah (Mike) Sugg and grand-niece Avery, nephew Mike Beg, his wife Nancy Ciavarella and grand-nephew Andrew and grand-niece Frances, niece Marissa Beg and husband John Lucas and grand-nephew Finn, and many more relatives and friends. Over his professional career "Doc" made a lasting, positive impression on the many colleagues he worked with both locally and around the world. First Transit, Kelowna office and BC Transit will never be the same. Mike took great enjoyment in singing at church, gardening for his wife, and refereeing football; but lamented the fact that he had to hang up his fly fishing rod when he could no longer fish Lakelse Lake in Terrace, BC. His 46 year transit career is what he was most proud of. "Doc" was passionate about safety for riders and drivers. He leaves as part of his legacy his co-authorship of the Canadian Safety in Transit manual. Mike was anchored by a deep Christian faith and profound love of his family. He always put others ahead of himself. He will be deeply missed. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 6th at Evangel Church (3261 Gordon Drive Kelowna, BC) at 1:00 pm. Funeral arrangements with Springfield Funeral Home ( www.springfieldfuneralhome.com ). 250-860-7077.
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Apr. 2, 2013
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