Lawrence G. ‘Larry’ Dougherty

January 31, 2016

Lawrence G. ‘Larry’ Dougherty
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

LAWRENCE G. “LARRY” DOUGHERTY of Woburn, in Fl, January 31st. Beloved husband of the late Ann (Hickey) Dougherty. Devoted father of Lawrence W. Dougherty his wife Joyce of Az, JoAnn Morgan her significant other Mike Barry of Pepperell and the late Paul G. and Donald P. Dougherty. Dear father in-law of Katherine Dougherty of Methuen. Longtime companion of Bernice Martel of ME and Fl. Dear brother of the late Ronald J. Dougherty his wife Leona. Cherished grandfather of Lisa and Kelly Dougherty of AZ., Michael Morgan his wife Natalie of Pepperell, Meryl Higgins her husband Tom of NH, and Mark and Kristen Dougherty of Methuen and great grandfather of Tyler and Elizabeth Morgan, Owen and Margaret Higgins and Liam Dougherty. Also survived by his close nephew Ronald Dougherty and his family of Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, on Monday, February 15th at 10 a.m. Calling hours will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St, Woburn on Sunday, February 14th from 2-6 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Larry’s memory to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, c/o Veterans Office, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801, http://www.friendsofwoburnveterans.org/ or Minuteman Senior Services, 26 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730, http://www.minutemansenior.org/support us/help-us-help-others. Larry was the owner and operator of Larry’s Lawnmower Service of Woburn.

OBITUARY:

Lawrence G. “Larry” Dougherty passed away in Florida, January 31st, at the Oak Hill Hospital. The beloved husband of the late Anne (Hickey) Dougherty he was ninety three years of age.

Born in St. Steven’s, New Brunswick , Canada. Larry was one of two boys born to the late Albert J. and Mary Isabelle (Rafferty) Dougherty. Raised in Calais, Maine he was educated at Calais Academy and graduated in 1939. While in High School, Larry as he liked to be called, started up his own band, with his buddies known as “Larry’s Aces.” Having learned how to play the clarinet and the saxophone, he carried this talent all throughout his lifetime.

Following high school Larry enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps where he served as an air craft mechanic, stationed in the Phillipines. During this time Larry also was a part of the service band and music has always remained a significant part of his life. Although Larry was in the Air Force, he never had the opportunity to fly. In 1960 Larry obtained his private pilot’s licensure, which had been a life long goal and had given him great pleasure. He continued to soar into his mid eighties and never lost his love of flying!

In February of 1946, Larry was introduced to a lovely youg lady, Anne Hickey, by his Aunt at her nephew’s coming home party. Well, it was love at first sight , their courtship began and they were married that October same year!

In 1955 they moved to the West side of Woburn where they nestled right in and began raising their four children. Larry began working in the Trucking industry. He loved engines! Always “the mechanic” Larry could really fix anything from air plane engines to lawn mower engines. Tinkering was Larry’s forte with just about anything.

In the early sixties he began a part time business out of his home. Lawn mowers, snow blowers , if it needed to be fixed Larry was the man. After ten years of partime, he needed to become fulltime, as there were not enough hours in the day to complete everything in a reasonable amount of time! So for over fifty years “Larry’s Lawn Mower Service” was in existence, serving Woburn and surrounding communities.

Larry loved to travel and had the wonderful opportunity to visit Ireland along with his friend Alli Wall and attended the Boston College Football game. The all time favorite place was Florida. He has spent many, many years wintering there.

He thoroughly enjoyed maintaining his home and yard and going to musicals throughout the years. When an opportunity presented itself, he would often have family gatherings there at his home. Over the last eighteen years Larry has enjoyed the companionship of Bernice Martel. They spent lots of time together in both Florida and Maine with both family and wonderful friends.

Larry was a Life Time Member of both the Woburn Elks and DAV. In earlier years he had been a member of the Woburn Lions Club. Sadly, Larry was predeceased by his wife Ann, his sons Paul G and Donald P. Dougherty and his brother Ronald J. and his wife Leona Dougherty.

He is lovingly survived by his children Lawrence W. Dougherty his wife Joyce of AZ, JoAnn Morgan her significant other Mike Barry of Pepperell. Dear father in-law of Katherine Dougherty of Methuen. Longtime companion of Bernice Martel of ME and Fl. Cherished grandfather of Lisa and Kelly Dougherty of AZ., Michael Morgan his wife Natalie of Pepperell, Meryl Higgins her husband Tom of NH, and Mark and Kristen Dougherty of Methuen and great grandfather of Tyler and Elizabeth Morgan, Owen and Margaret Higgins and Liam Dougherty. Also survived by his close nephew Ronald Dougherty and his family of Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, on Monday, February 15th at 10 a.m. Calling hours will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St, Woburn on Sunday, February 14th from 2-6 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Larry’s memory to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, c/o Veterans Office, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801, http://www.friendsofwoburnveterans.org/ or Minuteman Senior Services, 26 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730, http://www.minutemansenior.org/support us/help-us-help-others. Larry was the owner and operator of Larry’s Lawnmower Service of Woburn.

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  1. Mike, Natalie, Tyler and Libby
    Our thoughts are with you during this time. Sending our sincere sympathies.
    Love Juliane and Dennis Stamos

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