Estelle “Tootie” (Duran) Doherty

September 18, 2019

Estelle “Tootie” (Duran) Doherty

ESTELLE “TOOTIE” (DURAN) DOHERTY – of Woburn, Wednesday, September 18th. Beloved wife of the late J. Barry Doherty, Sr. Loving mother of Barry Doherty of Woburn, Paul Doherty and his wife Lisa of Stoneham, Colleen Pavone and her husband John of Tewksbury, David Doherty of Woburn, Robert Doherty of Southbridge, Timothy Doherty of New Orleans, and Sharon Boyd and her husband Eddie of Woburn. Dear sister of the late John F. “Jughead” Duran, Jr of Woburn. Dear sister-in-law of Ruthie Duran of Woburn, Jean Walsh and her late husband Tom of IL, the late Edward Doherty, the late Hugh and Millicent Doherty, Charles Fallon and his late wife Nancy of Woburn and Brendan Doherty and his wife Eileen of Wilmington. Cherished grandmother of Edward Boyd Jr. and Rebecca Gamsby, Michael, and Danny and Melissa Boyd, Shayla Pavone, Taylor, Brooke, Brendan, Jr., Beth and Colin Doherty. Proud great-grandmother of Brayden and Bryson Boyd. Also survived by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and beloved friends. A Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, September 25th at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11. Calling hours on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Internment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Remembrances may be made in Mrs. Doherty’s memory to the Sisters of Notre Dame Retirement Fund, 30 Jeffrey’s Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938 and the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118.

Surrounded by her family, Estelle “Tootie” (Duran) Doherty, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 18th after a brief illness. She was 83 years of age. Tootie was predeceased by her beloved husband, J. Barry Doherty Sr., who passed away in June of 2013.

Born on Eastern Avenue in the Highlands section of Woburn where she would spend her childhood and part of her early married life, Tootie was the daughter of the late John F. Duran, Sr. and Estelle “Crampton” Duran.

Growing up, Tootie was an outstanding athlete and excelled in several sports. She will be most remembered for her many accomplishments as a championship speedskater.  With her father as her coach, Tootie was the four-time Speedskating National Champion in the late 1940s and early 1950s, having competed at Madison Square Garden and in the Silver Skates Derby at the old Boston Garden. Many long-time Woburnites will recall newspaper coverage of her speedskating exploits and her many titles, trophies and awards. It should come as no surprise to anyone who knew her that, despite falling at the start of one of her qualifying rounds, Tootie went on to qualify and win the championship. She also qualified for, but did not compete in, the U.S. Olypmic Trials for the 1952 Winter Olympics which were held in Oslo, Norway. Ever the humble champion, most of her skating history was learned by her family only secondhand through family and friends. Tootie was also a star player and captain of the St. Charles High School Girls Basketball Team “Hoopsters”.

Tootie graduated from St. Charles High School in 1953 where she served as President of her Senior Class. She was also very active in alumni activities over the years and continued to socialize with her classmates and dear, lifelong friends up until her death.

Tootie was married in 1957 to her childhood sweetheart, Barry Doherty, and raised seven children. She was actively involved in their school and sporting activities. Besides attending the many baseball, basketball and youth hockey games, Mrs. Doherty was also very involved in the Pop Warner Football Program. While her sons played on various football teams, she served as a Cheerleader Mom for the cheerleading program where her daughters participated as cheerleaders. White sweatshirts, pom-poms and capital letters were the order of the day, as were weekly practices in preparation for Saturday morning games.

As her children got older, Tootie began working outside the home. Her first job was part-time as a census taker for the U.S. Census Bureau. She went on to work for many years in the survey and research industry, helping to survey customers on new products being brought to the market. She would later be hired to work as a Market Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce which she had to leave to take care of her sick mother.

In retirement, Tootie and Barry began spending the winter in Hillsboro Beach, FL which they enjoyed doing for almost twenty years. No sooner was Christmas dinner cleared and the tree and ornaments put away than the car was packed and ready for the drive south. Along with the many friends from Woburn who also vacationed nearby, they made many new lifelong friends at the complex where they stayed. Winters were spent playing golf, going to the beach and hitting the track a time or two. Tootie won many a putting championship at what was a very competitive retirement complex – even besting Barry for most putting titles won.

Nana, as Tootie was known to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, was a devoted grandmother. She passed on her love of sports to her grandchildren and attended as many of their sporting activities as possible. Nana could be found hitting the links along with her husband, Barry, children and grandkids or teaching her granddaughters how to shoot a layup. One lesson which ended for her with two broken wrists at the age of seventy-five. She also passed on her love for skating with the help of a new pair of skates as an annual Christmas to her granddaughters. She cherished her grandchildren and considered them her greatest gift.

Tootie had many friends far and wide. Some she had known since childhood and St. Charles and Woburn High Schools and others who knew her only as Tootie. She was a devoted friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

Mrs. Doherty was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, J. Barry Doherty, Sr.  She was also predeceased by her brother, John F. “Jughead” Duran, Jr., and her brothers and sisters-in-law Tom Walsh, Edward Doherty, Hugh and Millicent Doherty and Nancy Fallon.

She is lovingly survived by her children Barry Doherty, Jr., Paul and Lisa Doherty, Colleen and John Pavone, David, Robert and Timothy Doherty and Sharon and Edward Boyd, Sr.  Also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law Ruth Duran, Charles Fallon and Brendan and Eileen Doherty. Surviving grandchildren include Edward Boyd, Jr. and Rebecca Gamsby, Michael, Danny and Melissa Boyd, Shayla Pavone, Taylor, Brooke, Brendan, Jr., Beth and Colin Doherty and great grandchildren Brayden and Bryson Boyd. Also survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, September 25th at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11. Calling hours on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Internment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Remembrances may be made in Mrs. Doherty’s memory to the Sisters of Notre Dame Retirement Fund, 30 Jeffrey’s Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938 and the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118.

A Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, September 25th at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11. Calling hours on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Internment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Remembrances may be made in Mrs. Doherty’s memory to the Sisters of Notre Dame Retirement Fund, 30 Jeffrey’s Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938 and the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118.

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  1. To the Doherty children and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom, Tootie. She was a friend and
    classmate of mine growing up. We would catch up on everything at each of our
    class reunions and share a lot of laughs and fun. I also was a friend of your
    father “Barry”, they were a very special couple. As the start a new beginning with
    God, they will look down and their smile will shine upon everyone who had
    touched their lives and take the love given to them, and keep forever in their hearts.
    May God Bless all of you,
    Maryann (Dango) Powers

  2. Robert F. Connolly Jr.

    Barry, Brendan, Paul, Colleen, Sharon, Doherty’s, and Duran’s; I am so sorry to hear about Tootie’s passing. I have great memories of fun times with both families, with big Barry, Tootie, and all the kids. I was always welcomed and treated like I was family, always, as were all our friends. My prayers and condolences to all of you and may your Mom Rest In Peace. Sincerely, Bobby C

  3. Children of Tootie & Barry, I grew up with your parents from the very beginning. They were a special couple their whole lives. It is with my heartfelt condolences that I send my love knowing they are together in heaven once again.

  4. Michele Radley Spinale

    Doherty’s – I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I have fond memories of both her and your dad growing up, especially when you lived across the street for a time. I hope your memories help heal the grief I know you are going through at this time. My family will keep you all in our prayers. – Michele Radley

  5. Margarette Masotta

    Barry so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Please take care of yourself. With prayer Mrs. Margarette Masotta

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