BFD’s Brian D. Doherty has died; he served with Fire Investigation Unit

Lt. Brian David Doherty, a member of the Boston Fire Department for 33 years, died peacefully on Aug. 14 at his home in Savin Hill while surrounded by his loving family. The beloved husband of Ann Winifred (McDonough) Doherty, he was the loving father of Margaret Winifred Doherty, Nora Rosamond Doherty, and Gavin Ann Doherty, all of Dorchester.

He was the son of the late Patrick A. and Jean J. (Gillespie) Doherty, the son-in-law of James McDonough of Dorchester and the late Claire (Hines) McDonough, and the brother of Thomas Doherty of Spain, Jean Doherty and her companion Phillip Cooper of Dorchester, Carole and her husband William Harris of Squantum, Eileen and her husband Joseph Boyle of Dorchester, Mary Cahill of Foxboro, William Doherty and his wife Kim Kroeger of Quincy, and Martin Doherty of Maine. Brother-in-law of James and his wife Nancy McDonough of Abington, Paul and his wife Erin McDonough of Dorchester, Lisa and her husband William Smith of Braintree, and Steven McDonough and his partner Ali Bennett of Abington.

He also leaves many loving nieces and nephews, many cousins in Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland, and extended family in Nova Scotia.

Lt. Doherty was a member of the Boston Fire Department for 33 years, formerly serving on Ladder 7, Meetinghouse Hill, Huntington Ave., Cambridge St., and East Boston. He was a proud graduate of Don Bosco High School, Class of '76. A true "Jack of all trades,” he especially enjoyed Irish music, bike rides, walks on the beach and loved hosting his many lifelong friends for his many house parties.

But most of all, he loved being a devoted husband and father.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Brian's memory may be made to the Daniel J. Marr Boys & Girls Club, 1135 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA 02125. Visitation, Funeral Mass, and interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery will be held privately. For guestbook, please visit Arrangements by the Murphy Funeral Home in Dorchester.