OBITUARY: George L. Doherty, 90

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — George L. Doherty, age 90, of Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on March 25, 2022.

George was born on November 2, 1931, in Arlington, MA; he was the son of the late Edward L. and Ann O. (Mahoney) Doherty. George grew up in Medford, attended Malden Catholic for a few years and graduated from Medford High School in 1949. He furthered his education at Bryant and Stratton College, where he earned his degree in accounting.

George enlisted in the United States Navy on March 3, 1952. He served on the U.S.S. Groton for more than a year during the Korean War. George was honorably discharged on December 11, 1953 and returned home to his family.

George met “the love of his life”, Mary V. (Semerjian), at John Hancock Insurance Company. George was extremely proud of Mary and her Armenian heritage and could not wait to introduce her to his family. They were married on May 10, 1953 and spent more than sixty-five years together before Mary’s passing in 2018. George and Mary settled in Woburn, where they raised their children. In 1984, the family moved to Wilmington and became involved in the community.

In his early years, George worked for his father-in-law (Pops) at his dry cleaning business and then at Atlantic Gelatin in the accounting department. He then became a proud letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for twenty-nine years. He was a dedicated worker and made many friendships with his fellow postal carriers and customers. George also served on the Board of Directors for the Middlesex-Essex Postal Employees Federal Credit Union for over forty years. His accounting degree and financial knowledge made him a great asset to the Credit Union. George also umpired for Babe Ruth Baseball League in Woburn for many years.

George had many special friends in the USPS and Credit Union.

Family was most important to George; he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially on the holidays. Mary’s Armenian family brought the true meaning of Christmas and the holidays and George was delighted to be part of the celebrations.

In his spare time, George and Mary loved to travel. Some of their favorite places included Las Vegas, Hampton Beach, Cape Cod, the White Mountains, Bar Harbor, Atlantic City and especially Disney World. George also loved to work on his yard and tinker around the house.

George will be remembered as an excellent provider and caretaker for his family. Twenty years ago, George’s daughter suffered a major accident that left her handicapped. George and Mary never missed a day at the hospital, and they brought their daughter back to their house where they continued to care for her every day. At the age of seventy, George and Mary never complained; they were happy to care for her and her children. George made sure to attend every sports game and all important events for his grandchildren.

George became a ‘great-grandpa’ to Braxton Rose (who he called his ‘little Irish Rose’) and Declan Jay.

George was a loving husband, father, Grampa, and great-Grampa. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

George was the beloved husband of the late Mary V. (Semerjian) Doherty, devoted father of Theresa A. Doherty, Brian L. Doherty & his wife Christy and the late Kathleen Doherty & George Doherty, Jr., loving “Grampa” of George Joseph, Colleen Ann & Jennifer Mary (Carroll) Smolinsky and husband, Derian of Wilmington and Brian Hanright Doherty. George was brother of the late John (Jackie) Morrissey. George is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

At the family’s request, Funeral Services for George will be private.

Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

George Doherty

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