2013-06-06 / Obituaries

J. Gordon Dougherty

Gordon Dougherty succumbed to throat cancer in

Berkeley on May 20 following a diagnosis in January.

Dougherty spent his early years working on the family ranch in Winner, S.D. He survived a burst appendix, massive infection and surgery when he was 14. He was pronounced clinically dead, but survived, thanks in large part to the use of the new miracle drug, sulfa.

After high school, he joined his parents, Bernie and Dorothy who had moved to Livermore. He met and married a lovely young nurse, Marian Gruenwald. Together, they raised their family of eight children, with Gordon doing construction, house painting, and working for Security National Bank. In the late 1970s, Gordon moved the family to Mariposa to help care for Marian’s parents, Frank and Edna Gruenwald, long-time residents. He worked over 20 years as an independent newspaper distributer for the San Francisco Chronicle. His route covered over 300 miles daily, from Chowchilla through Yosemite National Park to Oakhurst, seven days a week. He was diligent in his work, driving through storms, snow, landslides and other hazards in order to get the papers out on time to every customer. The staff at The Ahwahnee hotel was especially grateful for his dedication.

He retired in 2002, but continued to work on many projects, including planting dozens of evergreen trees on his country property. Apart from his family, he was passionate about his cabin, and reading the Chronicle.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marian; seven children: Douglas Dougherty, Linda Lazzareschi, Patricia Dougherty, Sharon Dougherty, Brenda Dougherty, Kevin Dougherty and Colleen Dougherty; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, his brother, William Dougherty; and nephew, Dr. Larry Streiff.

Gordon was preceded in death by his son, James Dougherty.

Memorial services will be held privately.

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J Gordon Dougherty was my

J Gordon Dougherty was my father-in-law....Even though we didn't always see eye to eye on many things, he was an awesome father-in-law. After my husband Jim had died, he still took very good care of my children and myself, always welcoming us into his home. I will miss him dearly, and I was so happy to be able to spend some time with him in the hospital in Fresno, before he left us. We were able to mend a few heart breaks and forgive each other of past problems....I love the Dougherty family very much, and I always want to be there for them, if they need me..I am proud to be a Dougherty.

J.Gordon Dougherty was my

J.Gordon Dougherty was my father, and I am proud of that. He was a good man who worked himself ragged to show his family how much he loved us, because he could not articulate how he felt. We all knew this, and even though we did not always agree with him, we always knew he would be there. He was kind, generous, and would help anyone who needed it. Strangers, neighbors, family acquaintances - it didn't matter. If you asked, he would do his best to help. Yes. He was generaaly known around town as cantankerous, but he had a huge heart and we will miss him. He was my dad, and I love him.

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