Hugh Rhys Clinton DOHERTY
1926 - 2020
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Hugh Rhys Clinton "Dirk" DOHERTY, 94, died peacefully in Victoria BC Aug 7 2020. b. Calgary AB, Jul 30 1926. Parents: Irene (nee Hulbert) & Clinton Wilson Kampton "Kamp" Doherty. Raised in West Vancouver BC, Hugh moved to Victoria in the 1940s for a brief time in the Navy, then worked on the CPR Coastal Service. He had a long career at HMC Dockyard, Esquimalt, culminating as Chief Engineer on the CNAV Laymore. In retirement he chronicled our family history and was active in the community. Hugh is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betty (nee Brundrige), 3 sons Stephen (Karen), Daniel (Phillippa) & Todd Doherty, grandchildren Joshua (Magdalena) & Claire (Sean), great-granddaughters Harriet & Iris (by Josh & Maggie), and the many dear cousins who grace our family tree. Special thanks to the remarkable staff at Mount St Mary Hospital for attentive service through his final months in care. In lieu of a memorial service, please consider sharing a limerick or anecdote in the online obituary guestbook at Memorial donations to the United Way and Mount St Mary Hospital are welcomed. Hugh always left a place better than he found it.

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Published in The Times Colonist from Aug. 15 to Aug. 17, 2020.
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November 9, 2020
Dear Steve and family: My mom Mary and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family in your Dad’s passing earlier this year. We remember his soft-spoken and kind manner and he was a joy to say hello to and have a good chat with, ~ such a lovely gentleman!
Sincere and kindest wishes to your family.
Anne Williams and Mary St.Eloi (MSM)
September 1, 2020
Whenever I met Dirk at a CFAV function he would tell me he wanted to live long enough to get his moneys worth out of his pension, well Dirk I think you achieved that and more. Always a gentleman and a good shipmate the world has lost a good soul.

Doug Neely
August 24, 2020
I met Hugh at the Victoria Genealogical Society & somehow he & I were in charge of the monthly newsletter & everything that comes with that...eventually we had it all sorted & running smoothly!!! Earl's strong coffee & my muffins after work, were "best ever"!!!!!! Our deepest sympathy to the family, Virginia & Earl Denton
Virginia Denton
August 23, 2020
Dear Betty,
So sorry to hear of Dirk's passing. He was your other half. I have so many good memories of you & Babs and Dirk & Ron, you were all such pals.
I hope you are doing okay.
By the way, the last word of Jackie's limerick should be perk!!
Message to Steve: thank you so much for the card you sent after Dad died, it meant a lot. It's one I've saved and have it on my buffet. I hope you are coping with this loss, believe me it takes time.
Thinking of you all
Roz Parker
August 21, 2020
"Dirk" was such a dear friend to our Father Ron Boyle. They enjoyed many lively conversations and always delighted in each others company. Family was always so important to him and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you as you experience this loss. He was a wonderful man!
There once was a man we called Dirk
He had sparkly eyes and wry little smirk
The love of his life
was Betty his wife
and his clan were the ultimate preq!

Here is a photo of one of the last times Ron & Dirk were together. They sat, chatted and kept time to the music at the Oak Bay tea party, so many great memories of enjoying these times together!
Jacqueline Carle
August 19, 2020
Dear Uncle Hughie,was quite the man
always there to lend a hand
for the band of women cousins
in the good old days of Merritt land
Sadly missed but always remembered.
Much love Janice,Cindy and Deb
Deb Hammond
August 19, 2020
Dear Betty,
My sincere sympathy on the passing of dear Dirk. He was always such a kind, involved and energetic soul - loved those qualities about him! I am so thankful for the lifelong tapestry of friendship and many good memories and events between our two families. Please know you are being thought of often always with much fondness. Take good care of yourself . My Condolences to Steve, Dan and Todd
Karen Giffon (Lindquist)
August 18, 2020
Auntie Betty, Steve, Dan, Todd and your families, sending all my love. No other uncle can compare to Uncle dirk, he was the best in every way. I have so many memories from days gone by and the last time I saw him (March 6, 2020) when Steve brought him over for a visit, that day I will always cherish.
Laurie Brundrige Klugh
August 18, 2020
I always enjoyed Hugh's company at Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering events. I gave him a ride on a number of occasions and we always had very pleasant and interesting conversations which I have missed the last few years. Rest in Peace Hugh
August 18, 2020
On behalf of the Canadian Forces Auxiliary Fleet, our condolences. Although there is no one left at the CFAV that sailed with Dirk, he was a regular attendee at our annual Christmas Party. He did sail with my Dad, Russ Wiggs.
Ian Wiggs
August 17, 2020
A true gentleman. Many memories of genealogy discussions at the Computer Club and at Hillside Food Court. He indeed left our part of the world in a better state than he found it.
John Hvozdanski
August 17, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Betty, Steve, Todd and Dan. I first met Dirk about 60 years ago in 5th Camosun Cubs and Scouts. He was a great role model for a lot of kids for many years. A long time family friend of the Lindquist's, he will be missed.
Gord Lindquist
Gordon LIndquist
August 17, 2020
Deepest condolences to the Doherty family. My father, Vic, and I both sailed with Dirk and were long time family friends .
Lindsay Mandryk
August 17, 2020
Dear Mrs. Doherty and family,
We are very sorry for your loss of Mr. Doherty.
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
United Way Greater Victoria
Mark Breslauer
August 16, 2020
Very sad to hear the news that Dirk has passed away. Spent many hours studying for exams with him over the years. Always a pleasure to see him and talk to him. Enjoyed having him as a friend. My condolences to all the family.
Robert (Bob) Douglas
August 16, 2020
Dear Dan, Phillippa and Family
We are sorry to hear of your Dad's passing and grateful he was surrounded by a wonderful family.
With love and tears,
Kerry and Cathy (nee Dye)
Kerry Wilson
August 15, 2020
Remembering Dirk during our scouting days. Mario had some great times with you and the Adventurers. It brought back good memories. Betty and family we are so sad to hear of Dirks passing. Wishing you memories to carry through this difficult time.
Elizabeth and Mario Padovan
August 15, 2020
Dear Mrs. Doherty, Steve, Dan and Tod

I had the good privilege of knowing Mr. Doherty as the Scout leader at 5th Camosun. He was an exemplary leader as he showed a lot of patience, knowledge and grace as he dealt with a number of youngsters who were new to the scouting movement.

I appreciated and respected how Mr. Doherty would give extra attention to ensuring all of us under his charge experienced success and took away the values of loyalty, kindness, trustworthy and helpful to name a few.

I thank Mr. Doherty for his leadership and benevolency.

Ajmare Sundher
Ajmare Sundher
August 15, 2020
Mrs. Doherty, Steve, Dan and Tod....I am sorry to hear of Mr. Doherty's passing. I have many memories of him at the house on Hillside, from the little putting hole he built in the backyard, the "Sawdust Bin", the old Dodge with the vacuum cleaner paint job that he would take us all to the theatre near the beginning of March each year for Steve's birthday and even a vague memory of an embroidered black silk jacket from I believe Korea that he was so proud of. I think back now and marvel at all the patience he showed us wild-eyed young boys. Certainly was a great example of how to conduct yourself.
Don Miller
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