BERNARD JAMES (“Bernie” or “Wimpy”) O’DOHERTY, 77, in Stone Mountain, Georgia, formerly of Woburn, February 24th, 2003. Beloved husband of Patricia (Fallon) O’Doherty. Devoted father of Bernadette O’Doherty and Corinne Spires and her husband Randall, all of Denver, CO, and B.J. O’Doherty and his wife Beverley of Morgantown, WV. Loving grandfather of Hazel Pa’draici’n, Liam, Conn, Ian and Katherine Rose. A memorial mass for Bernie will be held on Saturday, June 21st, at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn. Burial of his ashes will take place immediately following in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
Bernard (‘Bernie’ or ‘Wimpy’) James O’Doherty, a native of Woburn, died in his Stone Mountain, Georgia, home the morning of February 24th, 2003 as a result of cancer. He was the husband of Patricia (Fallon) O’Doherty for over forty-two years.
Mr. O’Doherty was born in Woburn, on July 4th, 1926 to Cora (Columbus) and Constantine O’Doherty Sr. He, along with his two older brothers, Constantine Jr. (‘Connie’) and Kenneth (‘Kenny’), resided at 21 Poole Street in North Woburn. He was a member of the graduating class of 1943 at Woburn High School.
He graduated from New England Aircraft School in 1944 and began a career in aviation that spanned nearly six decades when he joined the military division of Northeast Airlines in Boston in 1944. He worked as an aviation mechanic, inspector, and lead mechanic for 16 years. While on a leave of absence from Northeast Airlines, Mr. O’Doherty served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
In 1959 he graduated from Boston University’s College of Engineering with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. He was promoted to a Systems Engineer for Northeast Airlines and continued after the 1972 merger with Delta Airlines where he held that position for 34 years. He then moved into Delta’s Ground Support Equipment Group, where he remained for seven years. He worked designing and improving equipment to make it safer, which resulted in several patents of his designs.
At the time of his death, Bernie was working with Delta’s Airport Customer Service Department.
Mr. O’Doherty was the first employee in Delta’s history to reach the 58-year service milestone. In 1999, Delta Airlines asked Mr. O’Doherty to design his own 55th year service pin which Chairman, President and CEO, Leo Mullin, presented to O’Doherty during his anniversary ceremony. This was the first time in Delta’s history that such a request was made of a Delta employee. Mr. O’Doherty designed the pin to be symbolic of his technical career.
Bernie enjoyed his time with family and always had projects for his grandchildren to help with. He was an avid downhill skier, sailor and sport enthusiast, spending much of his free time instilling these traits in his family. He enjoyed his vegetable garden and sharing the fruits of his labor.
In addition to his wife Patricia, who was originally from Quincy, MA, he is survived by two daughters, Bernadette O’Doherty of Denver, CO, and Corinne and her husband Randall Spires of Denver, CO, a son B.J. and his wife Beverley O’Doherty of Morgantown, WV, and five grandchildren, Hazel Pa’draici’n, Liam, Conn, Ian and Katherine Rose.
A memorial mass for Bernie will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 21st, in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn. Burial of his ashes will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Woburn. Friends and family are invited to attend.