Evelyn M. (Canty) Doherty

March 18, 2008

Evelyn M. (Canty) Doherty

EVELYN M. (CANTY) DOHERTY – age 98, in Woburn, March 18th. Beloved wife of the late Charles E. Doherty. Devoted mother of Mary Ethel Grady of Boston and Patricia Ann Doherty of Woburn. Sister of the late Lt. Col Paul J. Canty, US Army (Ret.), and the late Annastasia G. Canty. Sister-in-law of the late Helen E. Flahive, and aunt of the late Paul J. Canty and Jeanne Canty Allen. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, March 24th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mrs. Doherty’s memory to the Reeves School Library, 240 Lexington Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Evelyn Marie (Canty) Doherty passed away peacefully at her home in North Woburn Tuesday morning, March 18th, at the age of ninety-eight. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles E. Doherty, who died four years ago.

Born on January 2, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Major Daniel J. and Mary Ethel (Claffey) Canty of Porter Street in Woburn. As the daughter of an Army officer, she grew up all over the world, as her father was involved in helping with reconstruction in Europe after World War I. Educated at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Honolulu, Hawaii, Notre Dame Academy in Boston, Lesley University, and The Sorbonne in Paris, France, Mrs. Doherty taught in the Woburn Public Schools for many years.

She retired from teaching in 1980 to travel with her husband Charles, who was the longtime Registrar at Boston College High School. Painting was a lifelong pastime, and she was active with the Woburn Guild of Artists and the Little Flower Studio.

Along with her husband Charles, she was preceded in death by her sister, Annastasia G. Canty (also a Woburn teacher), her brother, Lieutenant Colonel Paul J. Canty, US Army (Ret.), a sister-in-law, Helen E. Flahive, nephew Paul J. Canty, and niece, Jeanne Canty Allen.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Ann Doherty of Woburn and Mary Ethel Grady of Boston.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, March 24th, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Doherty’s memory to the Reeves School Library, 240 Lexington Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. I just wanted to write what a great woman Ms. Doherty was. I will always remember Mr. and Mrs. Doherty – so cute together, and so glad that they are together again. When I was younger my sister (Alyson) and I would go over to see them as often as we could. Mrs. Doherty would always take a photo of us (and our friend Danielle) and give us cookies, Mr. Doherty would always be in the sun room reading. We loved going over there. As I got older and went to college, Mrs. Doherty would write letters and I would write back – we had something in common – I was going to school to be a teacher! I got older and moved away, stopped going by Karen Rd. all the time. I went by Mrs. Doherty’s house a few years back. I will always remember Mr. and Mrs. Doherty – may they rest together for eternity.
    Amanda Gillis (Karen Road)

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