Of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of Somerville MA, after a brief illness on August 14, in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Joan (McKenney), he is also survived by daughter Mary Ellen Camire of Brewer, ME and sons Philip J. Doherty and his wife AnnMarie Draycott and James P. Doherty and his partner Randy Hedrick, all of Philadelphia, PA. Grandfather of Michael and Alicia Camire and Maris, Ava and Tristan Doherty. Great grandfather of Malcolm Laughlin, Lily and Aaliyah Camire. Brother of Margaret Mary Doherty of Boca Raton, FL. Dr. Doherty was preceded in death by his parents Thomas M. and Bertille M. (McMahon), as well as his sisters, Sr. Mary Christopher, D.C. (Mildred), Claire and brothers Thomas A., Charles H. and Paul C. Doherty. Survived also by a great many nieces and nephews. Dr. Doherty practiced Podiatry for 45 years from 1952 to 1997 and retired to Florida in 1998. He was active in the Somerville Community and was a former School Committee Member; Superintendent of the Somerville Water Dept. and Commissioner of the Somerville Public Housing Authority. He had been a Lector at St Joseph's Church, Past President of the Somerville Rotary Club; Past President of the Somerville Rotary Educational Fund, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of the Walnut St. Center and as Vice President for several years at C.A.R.E. He was a life member of the B.P.0.E. Lodge #917 in Somerville and a member of the Gridiron Club of Boston for many year. Dr Doherty will be remembered for his wit and humor and the many photographs he took during his lifetime of family, friends, and special events. During his retirement, he took an active role in overseeing the well being of his condomimium building, serving on the Board of Directors for 10 years, as President for 6 years. A Memorial Mass will be said at St. Joseph's Church, Union Sq., Somerville, MA on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 11 AM. His cremated remains will be interred at Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline, MA. Donations in his memory may be made to The Somerville Rotary Educational Fund, Inc., c/o Atty. Paul Kaufman, 482 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145. Arrangements: Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway, (Powerhouse Sq.), SOMERVILLE, MA 02144.
Published by Boston Globe on Aug. 25, 2008.