Peter S. Doherty
{ "" }
Share Peter's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share

On Thursday, December 29, 2011, of Linden, VA. Beloved son of Jack and Joan Doherty; brother of Brian, Mary, Kevin, Terry, Mark, David, Matthew, Julie, Steven, Patrick, Katie, Monica; brother-in-law of Julianne, Paul, Bonnie, Doreen, Amy, Cory, Stacie, Danny, and Jon; and all his beloved nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard, West, Silver Spring, MD, (Valet Parking), Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial Mass to be celebrated at Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Western Ave. at Quesada St., NW, Washington, DC, on Friday, January 6, at 11 a.m. Interment private. Flowers are welcome or in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA  

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 1, 2012.
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
24 entries
January 28, 2012
Uncle Pete was truly everything anyone who has nieces and nephews could ever hope to be. He always had a joke for any situation. If was at your expense you couldn't help but laugh at how clever it was. He was always there for us and I'm ashamed that I didn't spend more time with him in my adult years. Uncle "Wheatie"s is truly missed by so many and there's no way I can put into words how important he was and is in my life. I miss you Pete.
Mark Doherty
January 19, 2012
I wish I knew Pete. He sounds like he was a great man who will forever live in your hearts. This was beautiful Sarah.
Deena Grosso
January 17, 2012
My memories of Uncle Pete go back as far as I can remember, and they are all happy, fun, heart-warming memories that bring a smile to my face. I'd like to share a few of those. When I was six-years-old I asked him to teach me how to draw a star. I am artistically challenged and this patient man sat with me for the better part of an hour helping me improve my scribbles until I finally drew something resembling a star. My brothers and I always had a blast visiting his house in Rockville in the late eighties where we would play tackle football in the living room. Pete invented this version of the game where we would all yell, "TACKLE FOOTBALL!" and commence with a huge pileup on the living room floor. Uncle Pete had a vast knowledge of great music and my cousins, my brothers and I had a great time dramatically dancing to the epic "Fire On High" by ELO at full blast in his basement. When he turned thirty, my brothers and I had a great idea to call Uncle Pete, wish him happy birthday and suggest that the best way to celebrate it was for him to take us to Kings Dominion. Of course we went, and he took all our cousins with us too, playing "Fire On High" in the car ride on the way home banging our heads. It was one of the most fun days of my life, all thanks to this generous man. Whenever there was a family gathering, there'd be the inevitably large group of kids. The adults would be standing around conversing and there would be Uncle Pete, sitting inside a big pile of leaves in the back yard, a huge smile on his face, with all the kids piling the leaves on his head. He loved us like we were his own kids, and even when we grew up he didn't let that change things, he was always our awesome Uncle Pete. Since I live in Arizona now, the last time I saw him was June of 2009. He drove all the way out from Linden, VA to Edgewater, MD, picking up my Uncle Dave and my Grandmother on the way just to see me and my two boys. We all picked crabs and chatted while Uncle Pete he was out in the yard of course, tossing the football to my 4 year-old, with a smile and a glint in his eye.
I'm so glad he got a chance to meet my kids before he passed. I loved this man who I have only postive connections to. He was more than just an Uncle to me and to all of my cousins. Words are insufficiant. He was good, to the core. He loved us, and we loved him right back, the best way a big bunch of kids knew how.
Sarah Doherty Fuqua
January 10, 2012
Jeannie and I were so sorry to here about Pete's passing. I know how devastated your family must be and we are praying for you. Pete was one of those guys you come across once in a lifetime. He could always make me laugh, even on my bad days. He was a true friend and brother to me. If you had the good fortune to know Pete you were truly blessed. He will be missed. God bless your family.
Phil Deckelbaum
January 9, 2012
Pete loved his mountain home and did not mind the long commute that much. As a former neighbor, before my wife and I moved off the mountain, I enjoyed his friendship and his commitment, as president of our BOD, to the other homeowners "on the mountain", to keep the expenses low, keep the fees low, get the snow off the roads and to keep the board meetings short to get home in time to watch the Caps face-off. We'll miss you Pete.
George Menassa
January 6, 2012
I met Pete 6 years ago when I started at DOJ. His passion for DC sports was admirable. We'd debate and laugh for hours every time we chatted. I'll miss him as he was one of the "genuine good guys"!
Luther Young III
January 5, 2012
Pete was the kind of guy who was even tempered and was allways upbeat and positive. We swapped several good stories and I will miss his down to earth attitude.
Ronald Witherspoon
January 5, 2012
I worked with Pete for 25 years. He was a great teacher and later the "go to it" person. He loved a challenge, faced them head on, and found solutions to simplify the workload. His cube became the gathering place to discuss challenges within the workplace, new techniques and approaches to resolve issues and of course SPORTS (I believe it was an all day event).
Pete will be missed.
Linda Garcia
January 5, 2012
Pete was my friend and I will miss his jokes and smiling face.

May GOD grant the family the strength to go on and you are in my prayers.
John McClendon
January 4, 2012
It's been 6 years now since I retired from DoJ, and it hurts to hear of the loss of fondly-remembered colleagues. I didn't work directly with Pete, but I enjoyed every occasion when we did work together. I'll miss him!
Hank Ickes
January 4, 2012
I remember "Peevy" as my childhood friend, Brian's, little baby brother on 34th street in DC. We lost contact over the years and I'm very sorry to hear of Peter's passing. My wife, Lorraine, and I offer our prayers to his family.
James (Terry) Woodmansee
January 4, 2012
Pete was one of a kind! Totally great guy! Loved his quick sense of humor. Hated any day that he wasn't in the office. Will be forever missed by his "DOJ Family."
Robert Troxell
January 4, 2012
With great sorry I lament your lost of your son, who was a brother, an uncle and a nephew, but most you lost a dear friend and so did I.
Victor Fuente
January 3, 2012
Some thoughts from the family.......To his in-laws, Pete was the welcoming hand into the Doherty family. He was the one who made the newcomers feel relaxed and at home, and that they had a newfound, dear friend. There was no greater brother or friend than Pete.
Most importantly, though, Pete lived to provide an unmatched level of love, friendship and support to his 21 nieces and nephews; Brian Anthony, Mary Catherine, Michael, Sarah, Mark, Brad, Brianna, Connor, Liam, Andrew, Brendan, Molly, Keely, Drew, Meagan, Kelly, Caitlin, Celia, Anabella, Zane, and Shane.
He was the uncle who attended every sports match, dance recital, and school play, no matter how far the drive, no matter how late into the evening, even if it took his entire weekend; it was where he wanted to be.
Pete was a sports nut and a loyal fan of Washington, DC teams. He made sure that his 'kids' got the opportunity to attend Caps games, Redskins games, Wizards games, Nationals and Orioles games.
Pete was the one who always made it to the annual beach week with each of his siblings' families to share the love and memories of his childhood vacations in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
To his kids, Pete was a mentor and a pillar of strength. He was their favorite playmate; their best friend and confidante.
As a son, as a brother, and especially as an uncle, Peter was the family stone. He will live on in the collective cherished memories of our family heart.
Dearest Pete, we thank you for all you've been and will forever be--we love you!
Julie Knowles (Doherty)
January 3, 2012
Pete served as our President with the Skyland Community Corp. in Linden for many years, always with distinction.We all grieve and our collective hearts go out to his extended family. Pete will be missed as a friend and neighbor.
Scott Stapleton
January 3, 2012
My condolances to Pete's family. I always looked forward to seeing Pete at the office. He was a great guy, one of the best, and will be missed by us all. He and his family will be in my prayers.
Daniel McNally
January 3, 2012
Pete was one of a kind. Even after we stopped working together and the group would keep up via email; Pete would call just to chat. He's one of two people I've ever known like that. A guy that if you were lucky enough to be his friend, he valued the friendship enough that he was never too busy to pick up the phone. We could all strive to be more like Pete...he will be missed for sure.
Jonny Walker
January 3, 2012
Had a lot of fun with Pete over the years, always laughing and talking smack...Avery, Lewis, Jerry, John, Johnny Walker, Kevin and I always had a Bond with Pete that has carried over even after we all stopped working together. That is very rare and special and Pete will be missed...
Brian Holmes
January 3, 2012
It's going on six years since working with Pete at DoJ. We still kept in touch all this time and was a dear friend to me. I will miss him a lot and I know many others will miss him too. My thoughts are with your family.
John Flint
January 3, 2012
So terribly sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family. I have worked with Pete for several years and know that he will missed by many.
Charlotte Whitacre
January 2, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories of Peter help sustain you during your time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Terri Gilley
January 1, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by Pete's passing. I had a lot of laughs during the ten+ years we worked together. May God's love sustain us all as we say good bye and celebrate Pete's life.
Lewis Newton
January 1, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you this holiday season and always.
Everett Gitzen
January 1, 2012
I worked with Pete for over twenty years and had developed a wonderful friendship outside of work with him. His sudden passing is a great loss to me personally. May God bless Pete and his family at this difficult time.
Mike Hemmesch
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences