Dick Doherty

May 1, 2022

Dick Doherty
Dick Doherty – formerly of Woburn, died unexpectedly on May 1st at the age of 79. Dick is survived by his wife and best friend Kathy Doherty. Cherished father of daughter Jaime Kenney, and her partner Steve Flanigan of Hingham, son-in-law Neal Kenney of Hingham, and son Ricky Doherty and his wife Amanda of Northborough.  He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Courtney Doherty. Loving son of Ella (Langill) and the late Richard Doherty of Woburn.Proud and beloved grandfather of Patrick and Ryan Kenney, of Hingham, Alex DiPadua, and Cullen Doherty of Northborough. Brother of the late Harold Doherty, and his wife Maureen of Andover. Loving son-in-law of Jean Lowe of Northborough.  Brother-in-law of Joan and Steve Marks of Poquoson, VA, Ed and Kathy Lowe of Hope Valley, RI, Linda and Tim Carroll of Ashburn, VA, Tom Lowe and Jane Pond of Shrewsbury MA, and Phil and Paula Lowe of Newark, DE.  Beloved uncle of 25 nieces and nephews, and also survived by many loving cousins and friends.  There will be no immediate service.  A celebration of Dick’s life will be held in September. Details will be forthcoming.  Dick is a cancer survivor,  indebted to Dana Farber for his outstanding care and treatment.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Center PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801

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There will be no immediate service.  A celebration of Dick’s life will be held in September. Details will be forthcoming.  Dick is a cancer survivor,  indebted to Dana Farber for his outstanding care and treatment.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Center PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801

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  1. Dearest Kathy, I am so very sorry for your loss and think of you every day. May Dick be resting in peace, knowing that he was loved by so many. How are you and where are you? Please reach out as you are able. Love, prayers and hugs, Lisa

  2. Joseph Stevens

    My first date with my wife of 53 years was at the Outside Inn which we townies frequented and I still remember his theme song which a won’t repeat. He was a great person
    RIP
    Buddy Stevens

  3. Doris Osborne

    My family has wonderful memories of when the Doherty family lived next door to us, in Burlington. In fact, Dick was Godfather to my brother Garry. I was one of the younger siblings and did not really know him….yet I know the stories. My condolences to all…..Doris Osborne – Burlington Mass

  4. Donna Tuminelli

    The first comedian I ever saw. Not only did he make people laugh. He was a genuine, nice guy. Thank you for all the fun Dick! Rest In Peace

  5. Cliff Bolster

    Rest in Peace for contributing so much for so long. Cliff Bolster WHS ’60

  6. Margaret Moore

    Doherty family,

    My heart is heavy. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences and sympathy to you all. I literally googled all of you 2 weeks ago trying to reconnect. Dick was like a Godfather to me. I was a young 16 year old mother and he hired me as an office assistant and later a hostess at his club Improv. He really took care of me and made sure I was ok. You all became my family thru default. I appreciate everything he has done for me. He, you all will always hold a special place in my heart. Miss you all!

  7. My deepest condolences to the family. Dick was an amazing person and he helped launch the careers of dozens if not hundreds of comics and he brought joy and laughter to hundreds of thousands of people during his lifetime. He will be missed.

  8. John Coleman

    Sorry to hear of Dick’s passing grew up down the cape watching him perform.Later in life I would bump into him in Charlestown and he would always stop and talk. Several years ago he was performing in Maine at a location I was staying at and he stopped his act when I walked in and loudly yelled “Theres one of my old friends from Charlestown”. Dick paved the way for a lot of young comedians.He will be missed.

  9. I had so much fun when Dick visited my WCGY radio show in the 80s and 90s. A genuine human and real pro. I always enjoyed his friendship and professionalism. Mike Morin, NH.

  10. I knew Duck, when he played the Happy Hour at the Sandy Pond Club back in the early 60s

  11. Dear Doherty (all encompassing) family,

    My prayers for all of you and Dick’s eternal soul. Dick was my second cousin. I named my own daughter Jamie after the song I used to listen to from an album he made. I came of age and used to hang out at the Crystal Palace I remember your Dad, husband and friend as a kind funny guy. Peace ☮️
    -Terry (Doherty) Ashley

  12. Dear Kathy,I am so sorry to hear about Dick. He was a great guy and a great
    friend. I was speaking to someone the other day about you and Dick
    traveling around the country in an RV and I was wondering how to get in touch. You have my deepest sympathy

  13. John Salerno

    Dick will always be remembered and held in high esteem on Cape Cod. Rest well!

  14. Diane & Steve Lazdowski

    So, so sorry to the family. Dick was such a great and funny fella. We now live in Florida so haven’t seen him in years but still have fond memories of watching him perform on the Cape and in Andover. He will be sorely missed I’m sure.

  15. Kathleen O'Brien Alnory

    Sorry to hear of his passing…Knew Dick many years.
    Thoughts are with with his family
    I remember laughing at his impression of a fork… at the Comedy Vault in Boston. He will be missed

  16. Shaun Bedgood

    Mr Doherty. I appreciate not only the opportunities you’ve given me in my career. But the conversations about entertainment and life. Rest well my friend!

  17. It’s the laughter I’ll remember, Dick. You had a gift for comedy, and you shared your gift so generously. From Boston, we set out to follow our chosen star. And though our paths took us in different directions, I’m grateful we got back in touch over the past few years. Thank you for the laughter. And for your friendship. Sail on your joyful spirit. Condolences to Kathy, family and loved ones x

  18. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. I have many fond memories of Dick Doherty and the Majority at Zacks Place on Cape Cod in the summer of ’69. His comedy and music show brought smiles and happiness to all who were present. I will always associate the song, “Try a little Tenderness” to Dick as it was his evening sign off at the end of the show.

  19. I met Dick Doherty at his comedy show my friends took me to when I was quite pregnant many years ago. I laughed so hard… he made me laugh so hard I got worried for the baby. I’ll always keep this memory.

  20. I am so sorry to hear of Dicks passing. He was a good guy who brought a lot of fun and laughter to countless people. He will be missed.
    My thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and their family.

  21. Thank you Dick for being a Mentor to do many of us! Personally Thank you for always defending my right as a woman to say whatever I wanted on stage! You are The Godfather of Boston Comedy!

  22. Aww I loved you so much. Thank you for all the awesome memories. A lot at Sammy Whites.

  23. Dick was an amazing individual who left his mark in the hearts of his audiences, the minds of his comics and all the people that loved him.

  24. Christine Mitsoff

    Rest in peace Dick. Christine and Mark Pastir of Five Star Mobile Repairs, Yuma, AZ.

  25. Gordon Shoemake

    I was stationed at the Coast Guard Base in Boston in the mid 60’s. Me and a couple of shipmates rented an apartment just down the street from the Outside Inn. We were entertained by Dick on too many occasions to count. I have thought about him frequently while remembering my 2 years in Boston. He was one of a kind and loved by many followers. RIP my friend andthanks for the memories

  26. Another member of the tribe gone. He will be missed by all his fellow musicians and comics.

  27. Dear Kathy,

    I am sorry to hear of Dick’s passing! Such a great guy. I have fond memories of our Boston Globe Play festival where we both had a part – he was the star, of course. I will always be an employee of the Center for Believing in a Smile!
    Sincerely,
    Grace Boutwell Morse
    WHS 1960

  28. Ellen Gitelson OConnell

    Few will know how special Dick was to me. He had a unique place in my heart and my memories.

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