Michael R. Doherty, 86, of Plymouth, formerly of Duxbury and Quincy passed away peacefully April 15th, guided by the warm embrace of his loving family. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, the late Katherine and Michael Doherty, and his loving wife of 48 years, Margaret (Quinn). Michael his survived by his children, Michael Doherty and his wife Terry of Duxbury, Timothy Doherty of Duxbury, Marianne Doherty of New York, Kathleen (Doherty) Cappucci and her husband Glen of Plymouth, and Meg Doherty of Plymouth. He was blessed with seven grandchildren, one great grand daughter and a great grandson on the way.
Michael is also survived by his siblings, Anna Johnson of Los Altos California, Louis Doherty, Kathleen McKinnon, James Doherty and his wife Mary, all of Quincy and many nieces and nephews.
In his later years, Michael found love again with Nancy Chase of Plymouth. The two spent many years traveling, gambling, golfing and enjoying each other’s company. The Chase family embraced Michael as one of their own and he enjoyed being part of their family.
Born April 27, 1932 in Houghs neck, Quincy, Michael joined the navy and served in the Korean War. Upon his return, he married the love of his life; “Peggy” settled down and raised a family.
Michael’s house was as open as his heart. At any given moment, odds are you would find five children, a couple extended relatives, one or two strangers in need, and a stray animal or two. He welcomed anyone – and everyone – into his home, a home that was never short on love.
Michael’s true achievements lay in who he was as a person, and his moments of wisdom that taught us all. He understood what was truly important in life. For Michael, it was never about things. He valued the everyday miracles. Michael had a knack for making the ordinary moments extraordinary.
In his spare time, Michael enjoyed anything and everything that had to do with dirt – planting things in it, gardening with it, landscaping over it, or even just moving piles of it. He was never more than a stone’s throw from a shovel.
Funeral arrangements will be under the care of the Bartlett Funeral Home, 338 Court Street, Plymouth. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. -7 p.m. on Tuesday April 23. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday April 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Duxbury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pediatric Epilepsy Wellness- Thrive, Mass General Hospital or Cranberry Hospice of Plymouth.