William A. “Billy” Doherty

April 18, 2020

William A. “Billy” Doherty

William A. Doherty – of Woburn, April 18th, at the age of 74. The beloved son of the late William and Elizabeth (Healey) Doherty. Cherished brother of  Thomas W. Doherty and his wife Virginia of Westford, Elizabeth A. Harper and her late husband Geoffrey W. Harper formerly of Woburn, and the late Janice and Dennis Doherty. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephew and great nephews and nieces.  Although Billy was born with developmental delays, he loved to sing and listen to music; loved watching wrestling, looking at books, and watching MASH over and over again. His favorite sport was wrestling, where the wrestlers would carry him into matches in his wheelchair and make sure he had a great view and a good time. Billy had a wonderful sense of humor and loved spending time with his family.  He was incredibly loved by everyone who knew him. He was full of life until just days before his passing. Billy’s family is immensely appreciative for the dedicated staff and loving caretakers of The Department of Developmental Services, Riverside Community Care, and NuPath, Inc. and especially the direct care staff at Susan Terrace, the home that has provided exemplary care in his most recent years, for always treating Billy with dignity and love. Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

 

William A. Doherty – of Woburn, April 18th, at the age of 74. The beloved son of the late William and Elizabeth (Healey) Doherty. Cherished brother of  Thomas W. Doherty and his wife Virginia of Westford, Elizabeth A. Harper and her late husband Geoffrey W. Harper formerly of Woburn, and the late Janice and Dennis Doherty. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephew and great nephews and nieces.  Although Billy was born with developmental delays, he loved to sing and listen to music; loved watching wrestling, looking at books, and watching MASH over and over again. His favorite sport was wrestling, where the wrestlers would carry him into matches in his wheelchair and make sure he had a great view and a good time. Billy had a wonderful sense of humor and loved spending time with his family.  He was incredibly loved by everyone who knew him. He was full of life until just days before his passing. Billy’s family is immensely appreciative for the dedicated staff and loving caretakers of The Department of Developmental Services, Riverside Community Care, and NuPath, Inc. and especially the direct care staff at Susan Terrace, the home that has provided exemplary care in his most recent years, for always treating Billy with dignity and love. Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

 

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

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  1. My condolences to Betty and the whole Doherty family. I enjoyed knowing Billy. He had a wonderful, impish sense of humor 😉 He bore life’s burdens gracefully and took justifiable comfort in the wonderful care he received with Riverside and NuPath. He paid close attention to the world around him and built wonderful relationships with the staff he interacted with each day. Every year, on St. Patrick’s Day, I will remember him and raise a glass in his honor.

  2. Renee Retzlaff

    Bill, I cannot believe you are gone. My heart is just broken and while I know you are now free to dance, I still wish you were here. I will never forget your laughter and your sense of humor. You always got the joke. I will forever be grateful for gift of joy you unselfishly shared with all who knew you. On St. Patrick’s day I will raise a glass to you, rest well my dear friend until we meet again.

  3. Marie Muse Anderson

    I remember Janice and Billy well when we grew up on Sturgis St.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family. May they rest in peace.

  4. Billy,

    There are so many wonderful memories of you during my childhood. The most precious memory was your lesson of love. You loved everyone unconditionally without any concerns of conflicts. You were always happy when we were together for the holidays and came over with the best hugs. You were so excited to share your shows, toys and MAD magazines. Thank you for being a lovely uncle who showed me simplicity is precious.

    Hugs!

  5. Rosalinda Yen (NuPath Inc)

    Dear Bill,
    I will forever miss our time and laughter together! You were such a humorous guy who always challenged me to a boxing match. I can still hear your laughter. May God bless you always and forever, my dear Friend!

  6. Uncle Billy was a fixture in my life from my first memories. He was always around at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Many many family camping trips, Holidays, parties, weekend overnights, and Sunday brunch after church. He had a lot of rough times as a young guy but was a joy to be around during the long time I (and most of my friends) was lucky to know him. He was always trying to be a wise guy. He was funny and a joy to be around. He truly was loved by everyone, and I mean everyone, who met him. He always had time for wrestling or a pretty girl. We will all cherish our memories of, and with, Uncle Billy

  7. My heart is broken, who will I elope to Vegas and get married to now? Bill , I only knew you for a month and it felt like years. You will be sadly miss, sleep on my dear I’ll always cherish the memories we created. My prayers and condolences to the family.

  8. Thomas Doherty

    Uncle Billy,
    I have so many fond memories. You had an innocence about you that only my son could try to equal. From the days of playing with Lincoln Logs, reading “Mad Magazine” and “Spy vs Spy” together, watching The Rifleman and Bonanza while playing hooky, and being splashed by you in the pool and Curlew Pond will not be forgotten. Our shared love of Grammy’s pies at holiday dinners, your joy at opening Christmas gifts, and your desire to let everyone know how much you loved them helped to define the holidays for me. I am so happy you were able to meet the girls again and Tommy for the first time before you left us. It meant a lot to hear how you said Tommy one last time. I wish they could have experienced more of your loving heart.

    Nature abhors imbalance and therefore always creates a balance. Thus, to have an advantage nature demands a disadvantage exist. You had your disadvantages and as such Nature insisted you have an advantage. You had the advantage of purity and a lack of corruption. So much so Saint Peter most likely handed you your own key when you arrived at Heaven’s gates.

    Rest peacefully at last but know you will be missed.
    Ty, Adriana, Adriana, Samantha, Valerie, Tommy

  9. Noreen Slocomb

    Billy was a very important part of my childhood. He taught me to enjoy each day as it came along. He will be missed.

  10. Rest in Peace Bill. I have so much to write about you but my heart is so full and heavy.

    Till we meet again. RIP

  11. Beatrice Nelima

    Bill I was not yet tired of taking care of you. It’s so sad that I cannot sing along no more, your home 5 Susan terrace feels empty
    Bill. I will always miss you. May your soul Rest In Peace sunshine.

  12. Elizabeth Harper

    To my Billy. For the last 20 years I have tried to make you feel comfortable and loved. I Remember so we’ll your telling all the cars to get out of our way when you were with us in the car. You always reached out and almost touched Geoffs pipe.and said “.I’m not supposed to touch this pipe because it is hot. “
    You would occasionally stop your teasing everyone and say”Geoffrey Harper is a good man”
    Now you are once again with that good man and we do not have to worry about a hot pipe.
    Love you always my special brother.

  13. Ronald katabalwa

    Bill i willnot forget your favourite song ‘ you are my sunshine’ and the alleulia ringtone you sang along….plus jokes ..Good night Bill till we meet again🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

  14. Bill, I will always miss your laugh and your smart-aleck remarks! We shared a love for coffee and I will forever remember you asking me to watch your cup for you when you went to wash up for work. We also shared a love of Reese’s peanut butter cups, best motivators ever! You will be in my heart always!!

  15. Renelle Pimental

    Oh my Bill, I never wanted this day to arrive and you always told me you were staying forever. You my friend are and will always be my “sunshine.” I will miss you singing that to me and I will miss those kisses you always made sure you blew. The words “Renelle, come here my sweetheart,” will remain in my ears forever. I fought for you daily and came up with so many crazy ways to make you happy and comfortable. We had a lot of fun every day I was with you and when I didn’t get to see you every day you never missed a beat! Bill, I worried about you so much all the time and I am sorry I was not there when you needed me most. I will never say goodbye because there is no way you left me. You are in my heart and that is where you will stay. I was blessed to be placed with you and it was an honor to love you. May God rest your heavenly soul. Heaven is waiting for all your sass! Have a blast! I will see you again and it will be like we were never apart!

  16. Jane Cunningham

    My heart goes out to your family during these unexpected and difficult times. I am so sad to hear of the loss of Billy. May his spirit be free of his earthly burdens and may he rest in peace.

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