Paul F. Doherty died peacefully on Oct. 6, 2017 at age 75. Paul was the loving husband of Mae E. Doherty of Bridgewater for 53 years, and devoted father of Amy D. Mohr and her husband Joe of Munich, Germany, Paul F. Doherty and his wife Kate of Bellvue, Colorado, and Beth A. Evers and her husband John of Sharon, Massachusetts. He was the proud “Granddad” of Elizabeth, Emily, and Sophia.
Paul was born on November 9, 1941, the loving son of the late John and Mary (McGurn) Doherty, and grew up in Woburn. He was the brother of Margie Donovan of Woburn, the late John B. Doherty of Woburn, Mary Hayes of Billerica, and Kathy Stallman of Idaho. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. He was a graduate of the Woburn High School Class of 1959, Bridgewater State College Class of 1963, and received a Masters in Education from Boston University in 1968. Paul married his beloved college sweetheart, Mae Ashenfelter, on Aug. 15, 1964, and after living in the Marshall Islands with the Peace Corps, they lived in Bridgewater where they raised their children.
Paul was a teacher and vice-principal for several years before embarking on his career of 27 years as a principal at Rogers Elementary School in Fairhaven. He especially loved spending time with his family, and also reading, playing tennis, traveling, camping, gardening, biking, and being active in the BSU Alumni Association. He was a member of the original Bridgewater Bears football team of Bridgewater State College. He regularly attended Mass at St. Basil’s Chapel of Bridgewater State University.
The Funeral will be from the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford St., Bridgewater on Saturday, October 14th at 9 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Basil’s Chapel, 122 Park Ave., Bridgewater, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., and burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in East Bridgewater. Visitation will be held on Friday at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Paul’s memory may be sent to Old Colony Hospice, 321 Manley St., West Bridgewater MA 02379 or click here.