Mr. James E. Dougherty, 85, of North Bellinger Street, passed away on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Bassett Health Care, Cooperstown.
Mr. Dougherty was born on Jan. 26, 1928, in Mahonoy Plane, Pa., son of the late Thomas J. and Ann (McConnen) Dougherty. He was a graduate of Gilberton High School and the Lincoln School of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio. He also received schooling in the military and took courses at Herkimer County Community College. Jim enlisted in the United States Navy in 1945 and re-enlisted three times, serving during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He retired after 23 years of dedicated and exemplary service to our country.
On Nov. 14, 1953, he and the late beloved Ann Goldsmith were married in St. Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer. They had three children. During their time together the family traveled extensively all over the United States to spend time with family and friends.
Jim was employed as an engineer with Divine Brothers and Chicago Pneumatic in Utica. He was an active parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Church and served as an usher for many years. He was also a member of the Herkimer VFW, and is a past commander of the post.
He is survived by two sons, James Jr. of Albany, and Henry, and his wife, Jean, of Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Matthew and his wife, Kathleen Dougherty, of Albany, and Meagan Dougherty. He is survived by one brother, Thomas Dougherty, of Pennsylvania. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ann and daughter, Joan.
The Very Reverend Mark Cunningham will celebrate Jims Funeral Mass on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at 10 a.m. in St. Francis de Sales Church, North Bellinger Street, Herkimer. Burial with full military honors will take place in Calvary Cemetery, West German Street, immediately following the Mass.
Jims family would like to sincerely thank the entire staff of Valley Health Services, the Miller family and Mary Ellen Hart for the wonderful care and compassion they extended to him during his recent illness. Those wishing may contribute in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Utica NY 13502 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220.
The family is being served by Harry and Kevin Enea, funeral directors, Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer (866-1011). To leave an online message of condolence, please www.eneafamily.com.