Hugh Benedict Doherty

September 8, 1930April 11, 2021

Hugh Benedict Doherty (Co. Donegal, Ireland) September 8, 1930 – April 11, 2021 Proud 65 year Member of Local 721 – Ironworkers. Devoted husband to Gerdie (nee Murphy) (deceased). The best father to Hugh (Sandy), Danny (deceased), Kevin (Vicki), Maureen (Kevin) and Aidan Carr. An even better grandfather to Michael (Jill), Katelyn (Brad), Kevin Jr., Siobhan, Liam and Charlie. Great grandfather to Emelia and Mackenzie. Doherty: Brother to Tim (Iris), Michael, Paddy (Pat), Bridget, Tony (David). Brother in law to Susan and Mary. Predeceased by Mary (Josie), Tommy, Phoncie, Jim and John. Murphy: Brother-in-law to Dick (Betty), Margaret and Nora. Predeceased by Mary (Tom), Frances (Mike), Jerry and Stan. Uncle and Friend to many in Ireland, England, U.S. and Canada.

Visitation at Paul O’Connor Funeral home on Thursday, April 15th. Funeral Mass at Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Friday, April 16th at 11 a.m. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Please contact Hugh at 433 0446 for attendance details and confirmation for visitation, Mass and/or cemetery. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Michael Garron Hospital that contributed to Hugh’s quality of life these last few years; and to Dr. Kevin Workentin who was extraordinary in the care and compassion he provided. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church or Michael Garron Hospital Foundation. Hugh was a giant of a man; not in stature but in the life experience he gave us. He provided unparalleled strength, kindness and selfless love to his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. We were lucky to have him. He will never be forgotten. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Funeral Service will be private by invitation only. The Funeral Service will be broadcasted via live link on Friday April 16, 2021 at 11: 00 am. For those who wish to attend virtually please visit the link


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Mike Pereira

April 27, 2021

I’m so sorry and saddened to hear of the passing of Hughie. I got to meet Mr. Doherty through my family. My dad Alex, my uncle Joe and my grandpa Abel were all Ironworker Rod busters and worked along side Hughie. I got the chance to work with Hughie back in the 80’s when my dad took me to work in the summers. And it was an experience that I cherish working with those men. Made me the Ironworker I am today. Over 20 yrs in the trade.
My deepest condolences to the Doherty family.

Ana Pedrosa

April 25, 2021

I am so sad to hear of Hugh's passing. As a neighbor, I remember the lovely Irish parties held a your home on Edgewood with Gertie drawing me to listen to the Irish singing and Hugh smiling inside and welcoming me into their home.
My condolences to your loving family.

Val Moher

April 19, 2021

As your childhood neighbour I loved to visit your Mom and Dad’s place on Edgewood and then later on Plains. They always made us feel welcome. I remember Mr. Doherty good heartedly teasing me about joining the convent so I would never be unemployed. To my Mom and Dad, Hugh and Gerdie were loyal friends who on more than one occasion helped our family out. The friendship club at Corpus Christi was a favourite outing of my parents and I am so happy to have memories of joining them occasionally. Gerdie was genuinely interested in people. During our visits, over many cups of tea, we would swap stories. Hugh sat quietly with a mischievous smile and always with a witty comment. The picture you chose captured him perfectly. Wishes of comfort and good memories to your family.

(Moher and McCulloch family)

Anne-Marie Tynan

April 16, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Hugh. He and Gerdie were stalwarts at the 5 pm mass over the past many years and I liked their quiet presence in the pew in front of me. Hugh would give a lovely little nod when he approached with the collection basket - I think I gave more given his friendly demeanor!

We offer our condolences to the Doherty family at losing their father and grandfather.

With our thoughts and prayers,
Anne-Marie Tynan & Peter Petrasek.

Antoinette Sands

April 16, 2021

Heartbroken to learn of the passing of of Hughie. He was such a selfless and all round good man, with all that Irish cheeky charm. He and Gerdie are together now, looking after you; Maureen, Kevin Hughie and his much loved Grandchildren, now.

Joan Clee

April 15, 2021

Maureen, Siobhan and Liam,

My heart is heavy at hearing that your beloved Dad and Grandfather has passed away. It sounds like he enjoyed life and had many friends - I am not surprised. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences and distanced "HUGS".
We will think of you tomorrow and in the coming days.
Joan, Dale, Katie and Jake
( Roberts Family).

Leanne Kloppenborg

April 15, 2021

I was so sorry to hear that Hughie had died. He was a pillar (along with Gerdie) of our Corpus Christi parish family and I have so many happy memories of conversations with each of them. Condolences to the family with deep sympathy and prayer.

Luiz Barros

April 15, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.

Our heart felt condolences to you and your family on behalf of myself & family and the almost 4000 brothers, sisters, officers, and staff of Ironworkers Local 721.

I’ve have so many fond memories
Of working with your dad and my dad. They both taught me so much about being a great Rodman. I got to work with him in the early 1990’s on various projects and he was responsible for me getting my Journeyman Book and wage increase well ahead of when I should have. I will always remember him saying, “hey young Barros , “pork-chop” you work like a Journeyman you should get paid like one. “. Got the pay raise the following week.

He helped shape me to be a great Ironworker, and now I am fortunate to represent Local 721 membership as their President.

I having nothing but the upmost respect for your dad and the legacy he has left behind, as can be seen by the various landmarks throughout our jurisdiction he had a hand in building.

Fraternal yours,

Luiz Barros
IW 721 President

Sandy Bertolo

April 14, 2021

So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.
Heart felt condolences to you and your family.
Sandy Bertolo

Darlene Ostrogonac(McCormick)

April 13, 2021

I met Mr. Doherty when I was 8 years old, more than 40 years ago. Mr. Doherty used to tease me often and told me he saw my picture up at the post at Greenwood racetrack. He was kind, and funny, and always welcomed me, and anyone else that showed up at his door on Edgewood. He will be missed. Raise a glass for Hugh and remember him fondly.