In Loving Memory of Joseph M. Dougherty

Joseph M. Dougherty

Joseph M. Dougherty

Scranton, PA December 10, 1933 ~ May 6, 2019 Date of Service: May 10, 2019

On Monday our cherished dad, Joseph Michael Dougherty, 85, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren while holding his devoted wife Margaret's hand. His brother-in-law and lifelong friend, Anthony Laboranti, was also at his bedside at the time of his passing. He and his wife, the former Margaret M. Laboranti, celebrated 61 years of marriage on April 30. 

Born at Mercy Hospital on Dec. 10, 1933, he was the youngest son of the late Edward A. and Irene Kern Dougherty, whom his admiration and love for never wavered. Having grown up in the Pine Brook neighborhood of Scranton, he felt extremely blessed to share his childhood with his brothers, the Most Rev. Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John M. Dougherty and the late Edward A. Dougherty, M.D., and late cousins, Joseph McGowan (Joan), Robert and Richard Armstrong (Carolyn), who were like brothers to him and he could not imagine life without them.

He was a graduate of St. Paul's High School class of 1951 and attended the University of Detroit and the University of Scranton. He was a member of St. Paul's Parish. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Prior to retirement, he was the third-generation owner and sole proprietor of Dougherty's Restaurant. He served as the 13th Ward committee chairman for the Democratic Party. In 2015, he served as the honorary grand marshal for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Both he and his wife were honored by the Sisters of the IHM, receiving the IHM Spirit Award. He was a loyal Detroit Tigers fan and belonged to the Hannon's Bar Golf League.

They raised 12 children whom he adored, Mary, Bernadette Adcroft (Robert), Patricia LaTorre (Joseph), Christine Jones (Kevin), Kathleen Barstow (Robert), Ann, Joseph (Kim), John (Colleen), Edward (Dawn), Peggy Piccotti (Eric), Ellen and Therese Walker (Kevin). 

He will be missed dearly by the love of his life, Margaret, 12 children and spouses, 26 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, whom he will be forever remembered by as Papa Joe; also numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his grandson, Robert Hamilton Barstow II. 

He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Sally Dougherty and Jean Stanko; brothers-in-law, Anthony Laboranti (Carol), Frank Laboranti (Maryellen) and Joseph Laboranti.

His family would like to thank the entire staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, especially his cousin, Mary Hoban; nurses, Maureen, Megan, Lois, Angela, Katherine and Mary; and daughter-in-law, Colleen Dougherty, NP, for her devoted love and care as his primary care provider.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton, to be celebrated by his brother, Bishop John M. Dougherty. Interment with military honors will take place at the Cathedral Cemetery. 

Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., Sidney R. DeSantis, supervisor, 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore. All friends attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Ann Basilica, 1250 St. Ann's St., Scranton; or St. Paul's Parish, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton. 

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Donato C. Rinaldi, Jr.
Posts: 6
In Memory of Joe Dougherty
Reply #6 on : Fri May 17, 2019, 11:30:30
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. We loved seeing and talking to him at the restaurant. Sending our thoughts and prayers to his entire family especially Joe and Kim and Ann. Love, Donato, Sue, and Victoria Rinaldi in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
Jo-Ann Hicks Griffin
Posts: 6
Re: In Loving Memory of Joseph M. Dougherty
Reply #5 on : Thu May 09, 2019, 11:14:59
Christ is risen. Alleluia. So too, Joe will have his day with Our Lord Jesus. Death no longer has power over us for Christ conquered death. I went to Joe's place of business when his dad had it. Mary, I am sorry about your loss but faith tells us Joe is smiling at us Eternal rest is his. Peace be yours.
Jodi Laboranti
Posts: 6
Uncle Joe
Reply #4 on : Wed May 08, 2019, 22:34:37
Uncle Joe,
Some of my best childhood memories were made at your house with the family you helped to create. One of the best parts of my twenties was working atthe store & getting to spend time with you and Aunt Margaret. I always loved you as my uncle but it was during that time that I grew to deeply admire you. You always made me feel like you were so excited to see me every day and would smile when I walked in the back door. I always felt so special when I was greeted with that kind & gentle smile & spirit of yours but it had little to do with me. You treated everyone that way. You treated your family that way, strangers that way, customers. Your customers literally came in every day to see you- your food was amazing- but it was the way you made people feel. I loved getting your thoughts on so many different subjects because you were so thoughtful & insightful. You & Aunt Margaret have had a profound impact on my childhood & I don’t know that I ever got to truly thank you for that. You were so steady and consistent & most of all gentle and kind and I’m so grateful you were my uncle. You have created such a great big, amazing family and I hope you were able to take all of that in. You spirit and memory will live on through them. I love you Uncle Joe. May you rest in peace.
John and Peggy Hart
Posts: 6
Re: In Loving Memory of Joseph M. Dougherty
Reply #3 on : Wed May 08, 2019, 20:44:14
Our deepest condolences from the Hart’s.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

John, Peggy and Family
Walter & Marianne Green
Posts: 6
Re: In Loving Memory of Joseph M. Dougherty
Reply #2 on : Wed May 08, 2019, 16:48:22
We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. With deepest sympathy, Wally & Marianne Green
Maureen BellmAsterbadi
Posts: 6
Joe Dougherty
Reply #1 on : Wed May 08, 2019, 15:21:05
My deepest and most sincere sympathy to the entire Dougherty family.
Joe Dougherty was a gentleman and a gentle man who led an exemplary life, was kind to all, and who will be long remembered.
His legacy will be his extraordinary family.
With love,
Maureen Bell Asterbadi and family