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“He was simply the BEST! ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Kathy Melaragni - Naperville, IL

“Ed was so good to me. When I was just starting to write, he told me, very gently, that I used nine words where three would do. I never write a...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Beverly Beckham - Canton, MA

“Eddie Doherty was a gem, a newsman with impeccable judgment and subtle humor, especially on deadline. How many Boston Globe journalists learned the...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Eileen McNamara - Wellesley, MA

“Ed was one of my favorites over the last few years. It was always a pleasure to visit both him and your mom. He was so devoted and loving to her....Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Michaela PT from the VNA

“As a Eucharistic Minister from St. Christine's it was my pleasure to have met Ed. Our conversations over the past several month were gifts. Ed's...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Fred Freitas - Marshfield, MA

“As a Eucharist Minster. I was able to visit Mr. Doherty and become a friend. I am so glad that Ed and Jean became a part of my journey. I visited...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Irene Carriere - Marshfield, MA

“Mr. Doherty,Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the USN during WW II and for...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Mike Casey(former Ma resident) - TX

“I loved working with Eddie, who called me Edzo, at the Globe. A great sense of humor and solid news judgment, as everyone in the Globe obituary...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Ed Siegel - Medford - Coworker

“As a visitor to the sick from St. Christine's, it was a pleasure to visit Mr. Doherty. I just saw him last week. His greeting as always a big,warm...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Irene Carriere - Marshfield, MA


Edward J. Doherty, of Marshfield, formerly of Peabody & Melrose, passed away November 28, 2019, surrounded by family. Beloved husband of 67 years to the late Ruth "Jean" (Canole) Doherty.

Treasuring his everlasting memory are his children: Kathleen Melaragni of Naperville, Illinois; Colleen McDonnell and her husband Thomas of Braintree; Edward J. Doherty Jr. and his wife Beth of Londonderry, NH and Patrice Parry and her husband Kevin of Marshfield. He also leaves his grandchildren: Caitlin and Kevin Melaragni, Cameron and John McDonnell, Lauren and Katherine Doherty and Douglas and Neal Parry. He was the son of the late Edward and Katherine Doherty; brother of the late Elaine Richard and the late Marjorie Murano. Ed is also survived by several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 6th, from 4 – 8 PM at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose. Funeral Procession from Gately Funeral Home on Saturday, December 7th, at 8:45 AM followed by a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Adelaide's Church, 708 Lowell Street, Peabody. Interment will be at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, 185 Lake Street, Peabody. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or at donors@stjude.org.