OBITUARY

John Duffy J. Doherty

September 22, 1933April 9, 2013

Doherty, John "Duffy" of Norwood, died April 9, 2013. Originally from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Jamaica Plain. Devoted family man and husband of the late Ann Kates. John leaves the families of his four children: Christine (Doherty), Jim, Patrick, Danny, Brendan, and Ann Marie Caine of Berwyn, Pa.; John, Rachelle, Hailey and Cole Jardin, and Kyle Doherty of Cincinnati, Oh.; Kevin of Washington DC, Kevin Jr of Lowell Ma, and Katherine Doherty of Syracuse NY; Gary, Merry, Hayden, Harper, and Hannah Doherty of Norfolk. John is survived by his second love, Theresa Monahan from West Roxbury and her family. John was one of eight born to Barney and Winnie from Buncrana, Ireland and is survived by his siblings and their families: His sister Mary from Foxboro, George and Dottie from Waltham, Bill and Mary from Quincy, Paul and Lorraine from Foxboro, Virginia Doherty, wife of the late Bernard Doherty of Quincy, Paul D'Entremont, husband of the late Sally D'Entremont and his late brother Eddie. John leaves an extended family of beloved football players and coaches to carry on his legacy. He led his football team at NHS to Division 1 Super Bowl Championships in 1977 and 1980. He is a member of the Ma. High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame as well as the Curry College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 13th at 9:00am from the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street (Rte 1A), Norwood, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 547 Washington Street, Norwood. Interment will follow the Mass in Highland Cemetery, Norwood. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Friday, April 12th from 4:00-8:00pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s memory to Team IMPACT: a non-profit chartered to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses. (goteamimpact.org).

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, April 12, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 13, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Interment
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Theresa Monahan

September 22, 2013

Tomorrow, September 22nd is the birthday of an incredible man,
John "Duffy" Doherty!!
Happy Birthday John!
Love you and miss you!
Theresa

Maureen Verna

April 24, 2013

To the Doherty family....
My mother Irene Cash Verna and her husband Joe Verna of Natick send their belated condolences. My mother and John's wife were great friends and Ann was my Godmother. I remember growing up in Natick and always hearing about John and coaching football. They were a great couple. May you treasure the memories you have. God Bless you all.

April 20, 2013

Dear Christine, Johnny, Kevin and Gary…I am so sorry to hear the news about your Dad. I know that these past several years he was ill, and perhaps not quite the man he once was, but for me, John Doherty will always be the man in that iconic newspaper photo of him, standing on the football field, larger than life, his players at his feet, the sun at his back, like some sort of Greek god among mere mortals. He would often pop in unexpectedly to our little house in Milford and suddenly, an ordinary day became special. He brought so much to our family: friendship, fun, laughter, love and even an occasional song or two. We are so blessed to have known him. With love and deepest sympathy, Patty

April 19, 2013

To the Doherty Family
Your dad, affectionatly known to our football team as Duffy in 1966 at Shelton High School, Shelton, CT. My name is Richard Osso and was captain of his 1967 team. He called me Oss. Duffy was more to me than a football coach. He was my teacher of life, compassion, sportsmanship, work ethic and many more qualities. I have my highschool yearbook with his photo as a young English Teacher and coach. I loved him dearly. I can be reached in the Shelton, CT area so please contact me. My oldest son also attended Curry Collage. Deeply sorry for your loss.

Jim Delbou

April 18, 2013

I almost forgot "Coach", "Two truths are told to the imperial theme, I thank you gentlemen"
{Shakespeare}

Kellie Arnold

April 15, 2013

I am so sad to hear this news! Mr. Doherty you were my favorite all time teacher at NHS. I had the pleasure of having you throughout my HS years. I remember coming to class a minute late and every time you asked for a piece of silver for that infraction, all of which you always spent on cough drops and Kleenex for your classes.You chewed me out for quitting school and were the reason I went back to finish my junior and senior years together so I could graduate with my class in '86.You gave me a love for reading that I passed down to my son. My heart is breaking a little today. May you rest in peace.You were a fine man!

April 15, 2013

I am so sad to hear this news! Mr. Doherty you were my favorite all time teacher at NHS. I had the pleasure of having you throughout my HS years. I remember coming to class a minute late and every time you asked for a piece of silver for that infraction, all of which you always spent on cough drops and Kleenex for your classes.You gave me a love for reading which I passed on to my son.You chewed me out for quitting school and were the reason I went back to finish my junior and senior years together so I could graduate with my class in '86. My heart is breaking a little today. May you rest in peace.You were a fine man!

April 15, 2013

Next to my father "Duffy" was the greatest man I've ever known. This Hall of Fame coach and English teacher, DEMANDED that we become better men. He DEMANDED that we improve our character, ignored pain, demonstrate courage, show pride in our college, team, each other and ourselves. I feared him and loved him at the same time. I never once heard him blow a whistle, instead he would barbarically growl at us. Faith, Family, Friends and Football was his creed. Faith in God being the most important. I vividly remember "Duffy's Death Camp" as a Freshman. There were 100 players, 5 grueling sessions a day for 2 weeks, the first one at 5:00 am, still dark, and being ravaged by mosquitos. Our bodies and minds were in shock. After the 4th day.... 35-40 players would have quit, never to return. I feel so blessed to have been a part of this and the incredibly close friends I made during these years.

Billy Ketch #37

Ps

April 14, 2013

Words cannot express how grateful i am to share my Dad with so
many. He was human, with the same faults that we ourselves carry but he hadso mant gifts that sound so simple but mean so much. I hope you all remember him for the good things he brought - his heart, soul, and love of life and people.

Brian Cox

April 13, 2013

Christine, John, Kevin, & Gary
As the "fourth" son you know how I felt about your father. Duffy was a believer in me and my abilities from an early age. This had such an impact in my development as an athlete and a person. He was such a great mentor and well respected in so many ways! In addition to the memories on the football field, I will rememeber even more the laughs and good times at Arnold Rd. Him singing his signature song at my wedding was a true hilight. Beyond all the wins I know he would agree his biggest accomplishments were his four wonderful children. Your mother, who was taken much too early, would be proud of you all. Duffy has gone to a better place. God Bless!