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Robert John Dougherty, 78
Retired from Westwood Chemical, taught high school chemistry and physics; loving husband, father and grandfather
Robert John Dougherty 78 of Lake Como passed away at Jersey Shore Medical Center on January 6, 2021 after a month long battle with COVID-19.
Robert was born on Staten Island, NY, and lived in Monmouth County since 1972. After many years in Matawan, he and his wife, Jerelyn moved to Lake Como in 2009, where he became very active in St. Catharine's Parish as a Eucharistic Minister, a leader in Bible Study groups, a member of St. Vincent DePaul Society, Cornerstone, and "That Man Is You". He also was a member of the Elks Club. He was an avid fan of Notre Dame football, and in his younger days enjoyed playing baseball and basketball.
Bob was the kindest man you could know, always willing to help those in need. His generosity, compassion, patience, humility, faithfulness, and his wonderful sense of humor account for his many friends. He was a wonderful model for his four children and thirteen grandchildren.
Robert graduated from St. Peter's Boys HS on Staten Island and St. Peter's College in Jersey City with a BS in Chemistry. After teaching 2 years at New Dorp High School, Staten Island, be began a long career in the chemical industry. After retiring from Westwood Chemical, he returned to a career teaching chemistry and physics at Red Bank Catholic, Matawan HS and Freehold Regional HS.
Robert is survived by his loving wife, Jerelyn Marie Sklenar Dougherty, his 4 children, Julia Crowley and her husband, Tom of East Quogue, NY, Jennifer Keegan and her husband, Patrick of Spring Lake Heights, Rachel Hendricks and her husband, Edward of Brielle and Daniel Dougherty of Pt. Pleasant; 13 grandchildren: Kelly, Anna, Jack, PJ, Timmy, Sarah, RJ, Mary Rose, Henry, Lily, Aidan, Conall, and Finn. He is also survived by his older brothers, Paul Dougherty, George Dougherty and his wife, Susan, and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
A private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Catharine's Church in Spring Lake on Thursday, 14th at 10:30 am. O'Brien Funeral Home, Wall Township is in charge of arrangements. Due to the COVID pandemic, there will be no public viewing and Funeral Mass will be streamed live on St. Catharine's Website.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Robert's name to The Covenant House in Manhattan, 550 10th Ave., New York, NY 10018.
To offer condolences to the family please visit

O'Brien Funeral Home
2028 NJ 34
Wall, N.J. 07719
(732) 449-6900

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Published in Staten Island Advance on Jan. 10, 2021.
Funeral Mass
10:30 AM
St. Catharine's Church
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January 15, 2021
I met Bobby when he was 2 years ahead of me at Good Counsel School and knew him through our St. Peter’s High School years.
I remember him as:
Good basketball player
Fine student in a difficult field
Loyal fan of the BROOKLYN Dodgers
A man who lived his Catholic faith: an inspiration to us all.
Godspeed, Bobby
Charlie Heffernan
January 14, 2021
Sincere Condolences Jerelyn & Beautiful Family
Bobby , Rest in Heavenly Peace My Friend , Your Beautiful Irish Mass was Well Deserved Today ! We Will All Miss You & Your Kindness, Thoughtfulness & Especially Your Humor , Mom & Dad Truly Loved You & your Love & Respect For “ The Coach”
I know He welcomed You with Open Arms & Might have Even called You “ A Stiff” with Love ❤
Rest Peacefully until We All Meet Again
Love Susie
Jeanne Susie McGINLEY
January 12, 2021
My favorite memory of Bobby was when he took the time to show me the finer points of playing good basketball in the schoolyard at PS29...Because I am deaf, he was patient, knew instinctively how to communicate his points...He was truly a kind and gentle soul...
So sorry for your loss Jerelyn, and your family...
Cousin Gerald
Gerald Verhey
January 12, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Bev and Rich Nagy
January 10, 2021
RIP Bobby , I’ll never forget how comforting you were at my Father’s (the Coach ) Services when he passed. I’m so happy to have seen you last summer at KC’s wedding . Of course you had on the flashy outfit. . I’m sure you were grabbed by so many as you passed thru the gates . (Including My DAD) May you REST IN Peace , and UNTIL we MEET AGAIN , May the Lord hold you in his Arms
Peggy Mcginley Reilly
January 10, 2021
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Ann Cody
January 10, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Donna Socci
January 10, 2021
Oh dear, dear Robert John one of 21 grandchildren of Margaret and Tom Keenan. You certainly will be missed. There are are so many wonderful memories that come to mind that happened over the years. May you Rest In Peace in the living arms of Jesus, who you lovingly brought to many of His flock. Till we meet again. Love Cousin Liz. Jerilyn and family , you will be in my prayers as you journey on
January 9, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Cruising buddies and wonderful lunches in Lake Como. Remembering Bob today and always and keeping you, Jerelyn, and the family in our prayers
Judy and Ed Jones
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