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John James Doherty
  • In lieu of flowers, the Doherty family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • John J. Doherty Fund
    c/o Melrose Bank
    638 Main St.
    Melrose, MA 02176

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“Carol please accept my sincere condolences. So sorry to hear. You have had more than your share of grief and I am heartbroken for you. Joe ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: joseph titlebaum - port aransas, TX

“My deepest and sincere sympathy to you Carol and your family Anne Garrity Melrose Mass . ”
2 of 25 | Posted by: Anne Garrity - Melrose, MA

“Chris, Fallon, and FamilyChris: Jack & I are very sorry for the loss of your DadHold all those special memories close to your heartJack & Joan Hudd ...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Jack & Joan Hudd - Melrose, MA

“Thoughts and prayers to family and friends for family and friends. From the Winchester DPW. ”
4 of 25 | Posted by: Tom Call - Stoneham, MA

“Mr. Doherty it's true you were a gentleman. I'm glad I had the pleasure of working with you and knowing you. Rest In Peace . ”
5 of 25 | Posted by: Louie Steriti - Saugus, MA

“John was a great man and a great father to his son's. As John jr friend, he was a great role model to have around as a friends father and was always...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Adam Szloch - Melrose, MA

“Deeply sorry to hear of John's passing. We enjoyed his visits to our office.Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at such a difficult...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“John was a wonderful person . I and my family are truly sorry for your loss. My father Bernard and mother Nancy are so sorry . John was a great...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Nancy Doane/LeDuc - Shapleigh, ME

“My prayers go out to the Doherty family...a true tragedy and loss for all of Melrose. John was a great leader at the DPW...but he was an even better...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Rob Dolan - Melrose, MA

“John, I will miss your smiling face and "small talk" about my brother-in-law Paul on your annual re-registration visits at the Shapleigh Town Hall....Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Maria Marchant - West Newfield, ME

“Carol, I was so saddened to hear about John. My thoughts are with you and your family. Wishing peace to you all. Nancy MacLeod ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: Nancy MacLeod - Lake Havasu City, AZ

“My deepest condolences to the family. I am very sorry to hear of your loss!! ”
12 of 25 | Posted by: Ashley Montgomery - Melrose, MA

“I didn't know John personally, but I can't tell you all (family and colleagues) how sorry I am that he has passed.....and in such a tragic way. My...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Although I was not a very close friend of John, I did have the pleasure of working from time to time with him within the city of Melrose- or just...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Mark DeCroteau - Melrose, MA

“So very sorry. A long career with Melrose! ”
15 of 25 | Posted by: Beverly Hinckley - Wakefield, MA


16 of 25 | Posted by: Marie Hill - Stoneham, MA

“Dear Carol. I am so sorry to hear about your recent loss. I pray for you and your family at this devastating time.n ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Ellen Varney - Melrose, MA

“We are deeply saddened by the news of John's passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Adam has many fond memories of John sharing with his...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Julie Szloch - Melrose, MA

“Chris, Fallon and family. I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and my prayers.-Bonnie Kaloyanides ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Bonnie Kaloyanides - Arlington, MA

“I worked with John and learned very quickly he was a kind man. I am sad to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. He will be...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Brian Ouellette - Melrose, MA

“Carol, This photo on here. The face of a man who seems so very content with the life he had built. What a wonderful gift that was, to be satisfied...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Kathleen Powers - Melrose, MA

“So sorry, Mike, for you and your family. Your dad was one of the nicest guys I knew. So shocked, and sad. I'll miss seeing him down the yard. Peace....Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Chris Walsh - Melrose, MA

“John's passing leaves a hole in our hearts and in our close-knit Franklin Terrace family. John was the backbone of our neighborhood always there to...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Devon and Jeff Winey - Melrose, MA

“Dear Mike, Jen and family:We are so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: Bill and Paula Sherman - Salem

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague Gately - MA


John J. Doherty, 59, of Melrose, passed away on Thursday, September 13th surrounded by loved ones at Massachusetts General Hospital after being involved in a tragic accident. He will be sadly missed by his family. He was the beloved husband to his wife Carol (Marlun) Carpenter Doherty. He was the loving father to Christopher J. Carpenter and his wife Fallon Carpenter of Reading, Michael J. Carpenter and his wife Jennifer Carpenter of Reading and John J. Doherty Jr. of Melrose, and his grandson (and best bud) Benjamin J. Carpenter of Reading. Caring brother of Frank LeBlanc and his wife Patricia LeBlanc of Billerica, Sarah Haught of Wilmington and Mary Karimi and her husband Roy of Gaithersburg, MD. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, coworkers, neighbors and friends.
Born and raised in Charlestown on June 4, 1959, he was the son of the late John Doherty and the late Elizabeth (Harkins) Doherty. He had been a resident of Melrose for over 30 years and was the Division Foreman of Parks and Forestry within the Department of Public Works.
John enjoyed fishing, boating, ATV'ing, riding his motorcycle and was an avid outdoorsman. He loved spending time with his family at their cottage in Shapleigh, ME on Granny Kent Pond. John loved a good bargain, penny-pinching and haggling for great deals. Christmas was his favorite holiday and was a massive fan of Christmas music – there wasn't a Bing Crosby classic that he didn't like. His most recent favorite pastime was spending as much time as possible with his grandson Benjamin – who lit up his world.
Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home at 70 West Foster Street in Melrose on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Most Blessed Sacrament Church at 1155 Main Street in Wakefield on Wednesday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.
John was very passionate about the annual DPW Day held for the children Melrose. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the John J. Doherty Fund, c/o Melrose Bank at 638 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176 to continue the enhancement of the children's experience during that day every year.