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James J. Doherty, Sr.
  • Memorial donations may be made to The Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118 or to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Boston, 18 Canton Street, Stoughton, MA 02072.

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“All of the Condon's loved your father very much. We have wonderful memories of him; playing the guitar, telling us jokes and fixing all kinds of...Read More »
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“We are so sorry to hear about your Dad's death. He was a good neighbor to everyone. He always had a smile and a joke. What a great sense of humor...Read More »
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“To the Doherty Family I am so so sorry hear about your dad's passing. I have fond memories of your mom and dad and the many times I was at your...Read More »
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Windham, New Hampshire – Mr. James J. Doherty, Sr., of Windham, New Hampshire, formerly of Waltham died on Thursday, July 18, 2013. He was 86.

Jim was born in Cambridge on March 18, 1927, a son of the late James and Agnes (McDevitt) Doherty. After graduating from Cambridge Rindge Technical High School he earned his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. He began his career in engineering and drafting positions with Stone & Webster, Jackson Moreland and the MBTA. He was a field construction and store planning engineer for the Stop and Shop Company and finished his career as the director of engineering for Grossman's Inc.

During World War II he served with the United States Naval Air Corp as a combat air crewman. On September 6, 1952 he married Geraldine Conway and throughout their marriage their devotion to each other was extraordinary. Geraldine died in May of 1991. Jim loved spending time with his family and had an affinity for Irish music.

He leaves his children James J. Doherty, Jr., and his wife, Kathleen, of Morristown, New Jersey, Janet M. Shea and her husband, Frank, of Oakville, Ontario, Joanne M. Vignos and her husband, Andre, of Windham, New Hampshire and John J. Doherty and Anne-Marie Duffy, of Natick; his grandchildren Kaitlin, Erin and Ryan Doherty, F.X., Mo, Jimmy and Patrick Shea, Elizabeth and Conor Doherty and Rachel and Sarah Vignos and many nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late John and Daniel Doherty, Katherine Lavery and Mary Thompson.

Family and friends will honor and remember Jim's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, July 21st, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington.

Memorial donations may be made to The Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118 or to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Boston, 18 Canton Street, Stoughton, MA 02072.