Beloved husband of the late
Patricia Smith Dougherty, died
early Thursday, January 17,
2019 at Passavant Hospital. He
is survived by their three children,
Karen Dougherty Residorf (Tom),
Carol Dougherty, and Kevin
Dougherty (Hope); their
grandchildren, TJ (Robin), Michael,
and Brendan Reisdorf, Krista
Reisdorf Berns (Eric), and Anna,
Hattie, Lane, and Quinn
Dougherty; and their great-
grandchildren, Faith, Peyton, Evan,
Hadley, and Harper Reisdorf, and
William and Nora Berns. He was
predeceased by his brother,
Paul Dougherty and his sister,
Peggy Dougherty. Edward, also
known as Ed, Eddie, Doc,
Pop-Pop, Granddad, and Harpo
(a nickname he got in college
when the Marx brothers were
popular, because he didn't talk
much, like Harpo Marx), was
born in Millvale, New Jersey.
Although he took great
pleasure in MLB player Mike
Trout also hailing from Millville,
Doc came to Pittsburgh to
attend Duquesne University
and never left. It was a
homecoming of sorts, as his
mother, Anna Fagan
Dougherty, lived much of her
youth on the South Side of
Pittsburgh on S. 11th Street,
and her father/his grandfather
was at one time a minstrel on
one of the local riverboats. He
met his wife, Pat, while a
student at Duquesne, and she,
at least, was not impressed.
Their ?rst meeting took place
during a double date, and he
was quite preoccupied with
his own date with little time
for polite conversation. That
summer he made a list of the
girls he thought he might date
the next year, and Pat was the
?rst one on the list. He never
made it to the second one on
the list, and they were married
less than a year after he
graduated Duquesne with a
degree in accounting. Doc
worked at accounting from
that ?rst job until shortly
before his death. Over the
years he worked at Callery
Chemical, General Nutrition,
Carnegie Mellon University,
and Pittsburgh Parking
Authority, with a one year stint
at Arvin Industries in
Columbus, Indiana. Once he
retired from the Parking
Authority, he continued his
private tax practice, and still
worked with a number of
individual clients right up to
his last illness. Inspired by his
father's example, Doc was
always involved in service of
some kind. Even as a
youngster during WWII, he ran
errands for the local civilian
war groups, which were very
active due to their proximity
to the Atlantic Coast and
several military bases. When
he was ?rst married, he
coached Little League, and at
St. Teresa's Church in
Perrysville he was in the
men's choir, served on the
Parish Council, and was active
in the Athletic Association,
acting as its President for one
term. He also ran for Ross
Township commissioner in the
late 1970s, and beat out the
incumbent the old fashioned
way, going door to door and
talking with people. During his
one term he was both
dedicated and a thorn in the
side of several groups. He
chose not to run for
re-election because of the
time it took from his family,
though when a developer
wanted to put multi unit
housing in his neighborhood,
he joined with other families
to create a neighborhood
association to prevent it.
Instead, the land was used for
a single family home, which
works well with the
community and its traf?c
patterns. He maintained close
ties with Duquesne University,
organizing a monthly lunch for
members of his fraternity,
Kappa Sigma Phi. He would
invite coaches or the Athletic
Director to join them every so
often, and for several years
was scorekeeper for the
Duquesne Dukes basketball
games. When his wife, Pat,
began to show signs of
Alzheimer's, Doc took care of
her at home for a number of
years. He refused to put her in
a nursing home until she was
no longer able to walk, and
then he went to Vincentian
Home every day, three times a
day, to feed her, as she could
no longer feed herself. Even
after she died, he continued to
volunteer at Vincentian as a
Eucharistic Minister, and
helping people in wheelchairs
get back and forth to Mass. In
the later summer of 2017, he
became one of Panera's ?rst
delivery drivers at McCandless
Crossing. He gave it up in
December of 2018, ?guring
he'd be too busy to keep on
with the upcoming tax season.
He was a man who watched
reruns of Blue Bloods so many
times, he could say their lines
before they did. He also loved
NCIS and JAG, and the novels
of David Baldacci. Although he
became a Pittsburgher to the
core, he was deeply proud of
Millville, NJ and their famed
baseball player, Mike Trout. He
loved the Steelers, Penguins,
and Pirates, although his ?rst
love was the New York
Yankees. He loved sharing his
stories with his children and
grandchildren and spent many
a happy week at Deer Valley
YMCA Camp. He was a
devoted husband, and
wonderful friend, and a very
loving father, grandfather, and
great-grandfather, and he will
be missed by many. Friends
received at MCCABE BROS.,
Walnut Street, Shadyside on
Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A
Mass of Christian Burial will be
held in St. Teresa of Avila
Parish on Wednesday at 10
THE CHURCH. In lieu of
?owers, the family suggests
donations to Deer Valley
Family Camp, PO Box 1424,
McMurray, PA 15317 or
Vincentian Charitable
Foundation, 8250 Babcock
Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA
15237, https://vcs.org
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PostedJanuary 18, 2019