JOBIT: Doherty, Walter {MC1958 RIP] 2018-05-22 by Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)


RE: Walter Doherty ’58 BS, RIP, 5/22/18

Good Evening All,

From Mrs. Margaret (Peg) Doherty I received the sad news of the passing of her Husband, Fellow Jasper, Walter J. Doherty. This good man was called home on May 22, 2018. We pray for Walter, his Wife of almost 60 years, Peg, their Children Jim, Joe, Marge, Teresa, Ann, Cathy and their Family as the Famiky mourn the loss of their loved one. We pray that the Family find peace in the sure knowledge that Walter is at peace in God’s Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of Heaven. From matt Hazzard, Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home, Mahopac, N.Y., I received Walter’s Obituary. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at St. John The Evangelist, Mahopac, with interment following. Walter will be remembered in our Prayers at the Manhattan College Retreat. Thank you Mrs. Doherty, Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Walter. J. Doherty

Walter Joseph Doherty was born September 24, 1936 to Helen (Gierum) & Walter Doherty in Queens, NY.  Walter graduated from St. Gabriels School in East Elmhurst then after graduating from Regis High School he went to Manhattan College and majored in Math.  Walter started dating Margaret McAnanly in Freshman year of college. They married September 1, 1958 and were happily married for almost 60 years.  They were blessed with 6 children Jim (Rose), Joe (Kathy), Marge Momberger (Terry), Teresa Capozzi (Ray), Ann Walter (Chris) & Cathy Doherty.  Their 12 precious grandchildren are John (Danielle), Steven & Samantha Walter;  Christina, Jamie & Kimberly Doherty; Shannon, Kelly & Sean Doherty; Raymond, Tom & Lisa Capozzi.  Walter is survived by his brother John, his brother-in-law, Michael McKenna and predeceased by his parents, sister Ellen McKenna and sister-in-law, Joan Doherty. 

Upon college graduation Walter taught math in Canterbury HS New Milford, CT. He joined IBM Research in 1960 where he worked for 33 years. In 1964 he developed computer assisted instruction which was used in many schools including Mahopac.  Walter traveled a great deal for IBM & gave over 1,500 lectures in Universities & Corporations in many parts of the world. He retired from IBM in 1993.

Walter loved to sing, joining his first choir at the age of 10.  He founded & directed the first choir St. John’s had on a regular basis & was an active member through their 2016-2017 season. He joined the Chorus of Westerly where his family had a vacation home and was 1 of the 3 tenors from Mahopac in the Archdiocesan Festival Chorale.  Walter was active in the Holy Name Society, Nocturnal Adoration and  Respect Life Society at St. John’s.  He was a member and Historian of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He enjoyed golfing, genealogy and gardening.

Friends and family are welcome to attend a visitation on Tuesday, May 29th from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home in Mahopac, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 30th at 10 AM at St. John The Evangelist Church, also in Mahopac.  Interment will follow at St. Denis Cemetery in Hopewell Junction, NY.


Doherty, Walter {MC1958 RIP]

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