Richard 'Doc' Dougherty, retired engineer

March 6, 2013

Richard G. “Doc” Dougherty Sr., 80, of Frankford, formerly of Phoenixville, Pa., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Monday, March 4, 2013, at his home.

Mr. Dougherty was born in Port Alleghany, Pa., April 21, 1932, son of the late George Francis and Theodate (Newcomb) Dougherty. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Navy.

“Doc” retired as a draftsmen engineer with the Yoh Company in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1999 with over 25 years of service. He also served as the fire chief of Phoenixville from 1970-77. He was a member of West End Fire Co. of Phoenixville and taught fire school in Chester Co., and was recently honored during 9/11 services in Downingtown PA. Doc enjoyed playing golf and visiting with his family and friends at Gull’s Way Campground in Dagsboro.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Brian Patrick Dougherty; a granddaughter, Brittanny Williams; and a brother, John Dougherty. “Doc” is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean (Shaffer) Dougherty; a son, Richard G. Dougherty Jr. and his partner Danny Thompson of Pottstown, Pa.; a daughter, Dawn H. (Ray) Williams of Elverson, Pa.; five grandchildren, Heather Thompson of Pottstown, Tre’ Williams and his fiancé Mercedes Murphy of North Coventry, Pa., Kayla, Breanna and Zackary Williams all of Elverson, Pa.; one great-granddaughter, Aaliyah Williams of North Coventry, Pa.; and a brother, Michael E. Dougherty of St. Lawrence, Pa.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 16, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 927 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, where friends and family may call after 9:30 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Mr. Dougherty’s name to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 927 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, PA 19464, or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.

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