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“Linda & I send our Deepest Sympathies and Heartfelt Condolences to the Entire Doherty Family for the Loss of Red. Red's dry sense of humor and quiet...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Linda & Steve Byron - Upton, MA

“Red was a great guy, always so cheerful. I was sorry to hear of his passing. Condolences to Peggy and the girls. Harriett Lally ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Harriett Lally - Falmouth

“Our hearts are with you in your time of sadness. What a pleasure it has been to know & love your Husband, Dad and Grandfather! My memories of the...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Cappy & Kathy DallaCosta - FL

“Dear Doherty Family, So sorry about the loss of your husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather & amazing friend. Mr. Doherty was genuinely a...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: James Auld - Waltham, MA - Friend

“We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Red's passing .We are sending our and condolences to Aunt Peggy and family. Rest in peace Uncle Red . Love Joann...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: John Doherty - Neptune, NJ

“Lieutenant Doherty, Sorry for the loss of your brother. May he rest in peace.Bob Marshall and Family ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Bob Marshall - Bedford, MA

“Joe, Sorry for the loss of your brother. Condolences to all of Red's family. Sincerely, Fred Durkin ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Fred Durkin - Eastham, MA

“I know you were greeted with lots of open arms!! God speed Uncle Red!! ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Peter Doherty - Jupiter, FL

“I will miss you very much, but you still owe me two hot dogs ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Richie Patten - Mattapoisett, MA


Waltham – Red Doherty was one of the kinds of people you would always hope to know and call friend. And many did. He died peacefully on Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 88.

Born on January 9, 1929 in Waltham, Bernard Joseph Doherty was a son of the late Bernard and Mary (Fahy) Doherty. He graduated with the class of 1946 from Saint Charles High School and joined the United States Navy during World War II.

A couple of years after he got out of the service he married Marguerite M. 'Peggy' Garrigan on March 31, 1951 in Saint Mary's Church and the pair made Waltham their lifelong home.

Affectionately called 'Red' by family and friends he was known as Bernie at the Boston Gas Company where he worked his entire career, first as a meter reader and serviceman and finally as a commercial customer service representative for many years before retiring.

His interests including building model ships, bowling and playing a round of golf. As a member of Saint Mary's Church he was also active in its Holy Name Society.

In addition to his wife of sixty-six years, Peggy, he leaves their children, Eileen Mahoney and her husband, Timothy of Exeter, New Hampshire, Martha Wheaton and her husband, Stephen of Waltham and Sheila Doherty Morris of Waltham; his grandchildren, Timothy Mahoney and his wife, Beth, Maureen Mahoney Flannery and her husband, Jay, Paul Wheaton and his wife Chloe, Laura Wheaton O'Brien and her husband, Frank, Stephanie Wheaton Ellard and her husband, Daniel, Kathleen Wheaton Earls and her husband, Enda, Kenneth and Neil Morris; his great-grandchildren, Abby, Andrew, Erin, Kelly, Stephen, Charlie, Frankie, Nora, Addison and Amelia; his brothers, Joseph Doherty of West Newton and Francis Doherty and his wife, Jean of Waltham and many nieces and nephews.

Red was predeceased by his siblings, William Doherty, John Doherty, Mary Dodson, Winifred Doherty, Anne McHugh and Theresa McGrath.

Family and friends will honor and remember Red's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, May 17th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave, Norwood, MA 02062.

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