Richard Michael Doherty of South Yarmouth, West Harwich, and Westwood died peacefully on June 22 surrounded by his family at his home in South Yarmouth.
Richard was the beloved husband of 60 years of Patricia (Ryan) Doherty, and the devoted father of Diane Fiset and her husband James of Duxbury; Richard Doherty of Cary, North Carolina; Christopher Doherty and his wife Angelene of Shawnee, Kansas; and Michael Doherty and his wife Erendira of Lakewood, California. He was the proud grandfather of Thomas Fiset of New York, New York; Daniel Fiset of Oxnard, California; Morgan Doherty of Milford, Massachusetts; Cameron Doherty of Milford Massachusetts; and Maxwell Doherty of Lakewood, CA, Louis Ortiz of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; Campbell Norman of Shawnee, Kansas and Palmer Norman of Shawnee, Kansas, who will all miss their Bumpa
Born in Boston on November 28, 1931, he was the son of the late Elizabeth and Patrick Doherty. Richard grew up in Charlestown and was predeceased by his six older brothers and sisters; Joseph, James, Francis, Mary, Catherine, and Rose.
He was a triple Eagle earning his BS, Masters, and Law Degrees from his beloved Boston College. He always enjoyed the company of his children and grandchildren at BC football games.
He moved to Westwood in 1961, and promptly became involved in everything he could in town; Westwood Open Space Committee; Knights of Columbus; Lector, Extraordinary Minister and CCD instructor at St Margaret Mary’s; and coaching various youth sports to stay close and involved with his children. He was an avid athlete who played tennis, softball, golf and enjoyed sailing. Richard was also a musician who played in bands from very early age, and always entertained family and friends with his piano playing at holiday and social gatherings.
Richard began his career working for BC, then became the Executive Director and Legal Counsel for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, where he was directly involved with the rehabilitation of the Boston Harbor Islands. He then went on to become VP, Corporate Counsel for Camp, Dresser and McKee where he travelled the world extensively overseeing the legal aspects of company’s numerous international engineering projects.
A Funeral Mass will be held Friday June 28th at 10:00am at Holy Trinity Parish in West Harwich, Massachusetts.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Boston.