Garrett Doherty

Garrett Doherty

Saturday, November 10th, 1956 - Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

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Obituary for Garrett "Doc" Doherty

Garrett “Doc” Doherty, 62, of Edison, died suddenly on January 2, 2019 at home.

Born in Jersey City to Thomas and Jane Doherty (nee Hanley), he was raised in Colonia and Edison; graduating from J.P. Stevens High School in 1974.

Doc went on to follow in his family’s footsteps becoming the 4th generation to work for Bayway Refinery in Linden, where he was a Processing Operator. After retiring, he served as a safety consultant.
President of Local 877 Teamsters and proud president of the Teamsters Motorcycle Association, Doc participated in many charitable runs and events. He was also a member of the Joint Council of Teamsters Local 73 and sat on the OSHA National Board of Directors.
An avid Rangers, Jets, and Yankee fan who loved time on his Harley, Doc devoted his life to his wife and family. He was selfless in every decision he made.

Doc was known as a jokester, always finding the light in every situation. His greatest love came when his grandson Giovanni was born, dedicating every moment to watching him grow and experiencing life together.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Doherty.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 36 years, Cynthia Doherty (nee Blash); his mother, Jane Doherty; his daughters Danielle Miyagishima and husband Chris, Alicia DiPietro and husband John, Cassie Doherty and husband Heath and Leeann Doherty; his adored grandson Giovanni DiPietro; his siblings, William Doherty and wife Laura, Thomas Doherty, Mary Lochard and husband Raymond and JaneAnn Naha and husband Craig, as well as his many nieces and nephews, extended family, teamster brothers, and friends.

Funeral services will begin at 9:00AM on Monday, January 7, 2019 at the McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:15am at St. Francis Assisi Cathedral in Metuchen. Interment will follow at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia.

Family and friends are welcome to gather for visitation on Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 1:00 to 5:00PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Doc’s memory to: St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Metuchen, where he was a communicant.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 6th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals
    2425 Plainfield Avenue
    Sunday, January 6th, 2019
    1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Service

    Monday, January 7th, 2019 | 10:15am
    St. Franics of Assisi Cathedral
    32 Elm Avenue
    Monday, January 7th, 2019
    Family and friends are welcome to gather at the funeral home beginning at 9:00AM
  • Interment

    St. Gertrude Cemetery
    53 Inman Avenue

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Heath David Doherty & Cassie Ann Doherty

You impacted many lives and left a solid legacy behind. Rest in Peace pops.
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Patty Savulich

I am very sorry to hear of Gary’s untimely death. He was a good man and it was evident how much he loved his family. Sincere condolences on your loss.
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All of the members of Local #478 have "Doc" in our prayers. It's tough to lose a member and good friend at such a young age. The only Logical reason that God took Garrett so soon, must be that or Lord needed A Very Special Angel, to help do his work and only the best would do...God bless the Doherty Family, you guys were blessed to have "Doc" for 37 wonderful years.
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Lisa and Marty MacCollum

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cindy and the Doherty family at this difficult time.
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