Charles L. Doherty, Jr.
Retired MIT Lincoln Labs Facilities Engineer
TEWKSBURY: Charles (Charlie) Leo Doherty, Jr., age 87, resident of Tewksbury for 58 years, died on September 8th surrounded by his loving family, after a period of declining health.
Charlie was Born in Woburn on August 31, 1935, the oldest child of Charles L Doherty, Sr and Helen P. Doherty (Maloney) Doherty.
He was raised in Woburn and attended Saint Charles and Woburn High School Class of 1953.
Upon graduating, Charlie was drafted into the US Army and proudly served his Country while stationed in Germany.
After his service he met his Wife Leonora (Chick) A Doherty also of Woburn, and it was love at first sight. They were married in July of 1959, started their family in 1960 and moved to Tewksbury in 1964.
Charlie and Leonora were married for 44 years until her untimely passing in 2003.
Charlie was very involved in the Tewksbury Community but was best known and respected as an umpire and coach for many years in the Tewksbury Youth Baseball Association. He was also a member of the Tewksbury K of C where he served for 50 years including as a past Grand Night. He was also long-time member and past President of the Saint Williams Church Men’s Club and a Charter Member of the Mass Umpires Association.
For almost his entire career Charlie was employed by MIT @ Lincoln Lab in Bedford where he worked for 44 years having never missed or was late a single day, before finally retiring in 2013.
He enjoyed his Tuesday Golf Leagues and Golf Trips with his friends from the Men’s Club, K of C and Tewksbury PD.
You could find him every Saturday and Sunday morning at Deli King with those friends and his family for his usual breakfast!
Charlie was fortunate enough to find love twice in his life. You could always find him and his very dear friend Mary Maguire, of Tewksbury on one of their many dinner dates. Mary has been so much a part of our Family for more than 15 years, just as Charlie had become a part of hers.
Charlie is proudly survived by his seven children, Charles (Chuck) and his Wife Wendy of Plaistow NH, Stephen Doherty, of Andover, Lori Babineau, of Tewksbury, John Doherty and his wife Maria, of Chelmsford, Mary Bowie and her husband Eddie, of Tyngsboro, Colleen McManus and her husband Charlie, of Lawrence and Ellen Bagnulo and her husband Sal, of Methuen. He is also survived by eighteen grandchildren, Brittany, Krista, Lyndsey, Ryan, Rebecca, Jake, Taylor, CJ, Shawna, Colin, Alexandra, Devin, Thomas, Hannah, Gina, Aidan, Kaylin and Savanah: eight great grandchildren, Blake, Juliette, Jaxson, Cole, Logan, Cora, Chase D. and Chase M.: his baby sister, Helen Patsy Doherty of Woburn. He was brother-in-law to Joan Doherty, of Reading and Robert Downer, of Burlington, Rita Donegan and Josephine Bagnel and brother to the late Fredrick Doherty, of Reading and Brenda Downer, of Burlington.
Calling hours are Monday, September 12th, from 4-8 p.m. at the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee Street, Tewksbury. His funeral procession will begin on Tuesday, September 13th, at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by his Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. William’s Church, 1351 Main Street, Route 38, Tewksbury. Interment at Tewksbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation at www.T2t.org