Bernard D. Doherty, 92, of Harwich and formerly of Holliston and Hopkinton, passed away on Oct. 16 after a brief illness. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Doris R. (Taylor) Doherty and Gerald M. Doherty. He was the beloved husband of 63 years to the late Ann Marie (Kenney) Doherty.
A graduate of Hopkinton High School and Suffolk University, Bernard served in the Navy during the Korean War, establishing residence in Holliston in the early 1960s. He would serve on the High School Building Committee and, later, as chair of the Holliston Finance Committee, president of Holliston Youth Baseball and chair of the High School Band Uniform Committee, and a member of the Holliston Lions Club. Moving to Harwich in 1992, he was a member of the Harwich Men’s Club and an enthusiastic member of the Cranberry Valley Golf Course.
Mr. Doherty enjoyed his many trips to Ireland, cooking for his family and time spent in his garden, cultivating the many ingredients that would come to embody his near fanatical desire to create a superb spaghetti sauce. His home had an open door for friends and family who would find a cool drink and warm meal as their reward for the visit.
Bernard is survived by his four children and their families: Suzanne Shannahan and husband John of Holliston, Karen Shaw and husband Jonathan of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Bernard D. Doherty Jr. and wife Carolyn of Framingham, and Michelle Goncalves and husband Jaime of Hopkinton. He leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and his sisters-in-law, Joan Doherty of Norwood and Carol Kenney of Hampton, New Hampshire. He also leaves his cousin, Theodore Doherty of Lynnfield. He is predeceased by his siblings, John A. Doherty, Gerald M. Doherty Jr., Paul T. Doherty and Eugene A. Doherty.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 20, from 5-8 p.m. at Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington Street. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Matthew Parish in Southborough. Burial will be held privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 (dana-farber.org).
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