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Charles Francis Docherty

March 30, 1926 ~ May 3, 2018 (age 92)

Charles “Charlie” Francis Docherty, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 3, at Care One at Redstone in East Longmeadow at the age of 92. Born on March 30, 1926, in Springfield, MA, he was raised and educated at Brightside Orphanage in Holyoke and moved to East Longmeadow as a teenager, Hollywood, FL, and Hailey, ID, before returning back to East Longmeadow more than twenty years ago. Charles began his career as a Machinist at the former Chapman Valve Co. in Indian Orchard and the Springfield Armory. He continued working as a machinist at Hamilton Standard and subsequently as an insulator at the former U.S. Insulation Company in East Longmeadow. Charles was an avid sport’s fan. He was frequently seen at the Springfield Indian’s Hockey games in his younger years, as well as played both baseball and football. He ran his first marathon at the age of 60 in Hailey ID. Upon returning to East Longmeadow, he followed each of Boston’s home teams; Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and the Patriots. He was a blessing to all of his family and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Charles leaves behind his loving children, Kathleen L. Keane of Venice, FL, Dr. Patricia L. Ramsay of Henderson, NV, and Charles F. Docherty, Jr. of Springfield, MA; step daughter, June Thresher of Hailey, ID; his cherished grandchildren, Shannon, Darrell, Jennifer, Sean, Kevin, Katlyn, Kellie, Joshua, Elisabeth, Derek, and Cody and four step grandchildren, Sherry, Brandy, Raymond, and Malina, and 10 Great grandchildren. In addition, he was predeceased by his first wife, Lois M. (Drinkwater) Docherty Wilson in  2005; his second wife, Marie (Settle) Docherty in 1993: his son, William A. Docherty in 2017 and grandson Christopher 1983; and by his stepsons, Martin and Arthur Roy. All funeral services are private for Charles. There are no calling hours. In Lieu of flowers, donations in Charles’s name may be made to Brightside-Sisters of Providence, c/o Mercy Medical Center, PO Box 9012, Springfield, MA 01102.

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