John T. Doherty
John Thomas Doherty of Harstine Island in Shelton, WA passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. John was 84 years old. Mr. Doherty was born on November 15, 1928 to Morris and Vera (Johnson) Doherty in Spokane, WA. He attended school at Central Valley High School in Spokane and was drafted into the US Army where he served in Germany during the Korean War. In November of 1950, he married Kathleen May Cords in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. After his honorable discharge from the Army, John went to work for the Kaiser Aluminum Mill in the Spokane area then on to trade school. He then went to work for the Caterpillar Company and eventually moved to Kent, WA working for the United States Postal Service from 1961 until his retirement in 1989. During that time, John obtained many awards in the postal industry for his dedicated and innovative contributions as a mechanic. John was a Mason, a member of the Eagles, and a member of the Harstine Islands Community Club and the Garden Club. In 2004, he was named Harstine Island’s Citizen of the Year. His hobbies included woodworking, gardening and growing a vegetable garden, canning his bounty, cooking (especially his spaghetti, chile, and other interesting recipes), fishing, camping, reading and spending time on the computer. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and dogs, Molly and Amy. His family shared that he was a jokester with a wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, Shelton; son, John Doherty Jr., Tacoma; daughters, Susan (Bruce) Wolford, Tacoma and Sharon (Steve) Fischer, Tacoma; brother, Michael (Lynn) Doherty; grandchildren, Brooke and Zach Wolford, Michael and Sean Collins, Olivia and Devin Fischer and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Howard Doherty and sister, Phyllis Dean. Memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society of the donor’s choice. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Harstine Island Community Hall on Harstine Island on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at noon.