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Frederick J. Doherty, 84

Jun 29, 2014 04:00PM ● By Bill Gilman

Frederick J. Doherty, age 84, currently of Billerica, a formerly of Tewksbury, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Lowell General Hospital, following an extended illness.

He was the beloved husband of Norma A. (Buckler) Doherty, who passed away on September 11, 1999.

Born in Somerville on August 11, 1929, he was the son of the late Philip J. and Frances L. (Neagle) Doherty.

Fred was raised in Somerville, attended Somerville schools and graduated from Somerville High School.

Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II with Battery C, 271st Field Artillery Battalion. Fred was awarded several decorations for his military service including World War II Victory Medal and the Army Occupation of Japan Medal.

In 1956, he and his late wife moved to Tewksbury, where they raised their seven children.

Prior to his retirement in 1995, he was employed by the Athenium Group of Cambridge.

Fred was a communicant of St. William's Parish, where he was a founding and active member of the St. William's Church Men's Club for over 50 years.

In addition, he was past President and served as a Coach in the Tewksbury Little League Baseball Program.

Fred is survived by his children, Cheryl A. Doherty of Bradford, Joanne Cole and her fiance Douglas Lamport of Tewksbury, Frederick J. Doherty, Jr. and his wife Carolyn of Hampton, VA, Mary E. Hintze and her husband James of Berkeley Heights, NJ, James M. Doherty and his wife Laura of Wendell, NC, Catherine Flodin and her husband Michael Rizzari of Wilmington, and John P. Doherty and his wife Jeannie of Billerica; two sisters, Bette McCarthy of Lexington and Carol Granfield of Stoneham.

He also leaves 23 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Fred was the brother of the late Philip Doherty, Louise DiMare, Marie Bennett, and Virginia Elrick.

Calling hours are Monday, June 30, from 4-8 p.m., at the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee St., Tewksbury. His funeral will be held Tuesday, July 1 at 9 a.m. from the funeral home, followed by his Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. William's Church, 1351 Main St., Rte. 38, Tewksbury. Interment at St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Frederick J. Doherty may be made to Liam Nation, P.O. Box 425, Tewksbury, MA 01876.

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