Mr. Joseph E. Dougherty, 68, of Meshoppen, PA, passed away at the Regional Hospital of Scranton, on Thursday evening Jan. 12, 2012. He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 23, 1944, the son of the late Edward J. and Catherine Burke Dougherty.
Joe grew up on the family farm on Shannon Hill in Auburn Center. He graduated from the Elk Lake High School, Class of 1962. After high school, he served his country for four years in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Germany. After his discharge from the service, he later worked for Auburn Township. During that time, he also helped his cousins, Jerry and Gail Burke and family at Shamrock Auctions. It was there that he became interested in the auctioneering business. Joe became a licensed auctioneer and worked with his cousins for many years and retired just recently. It was at the auctions that he made many friends, and he made a great impression on everyone he met.
Mr. Dougherty was a devoted member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Meshoppen, and he was a very active member of the St. Joachim/St. Bonaventure Cemetery Association. He was also a member of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion in Black Walnut. In his spare time, he loved to collect many things, with his antique tractors and tools most dear to his heart.
Besides his parents, Joe was preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen Ann Dougherty. Survivors include an aunt, Mrs. Regina Burke Graham of Endicott, NY; an uncle, Edward T. Burke of Johnson City, NY; cousins, Jerry and Gail Burke, William and Clara Burke, Patricia Beirne, Margaret Graham Hellenga, Marty McGavin and Tim and Tracie McGavin, as well as many great-cousins.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joachim’s Church in Meshoppen at 11 a.m. with Fr. Joseph Manarchuck of the church officiating. Interment was in St. Bonaventure’s Cemetery in Auburn. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 15, from 2 to 5 p.m. A rosary was recited at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Military services were held at the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion Social Hall on Monday afternoon, at the funeral luncheon immediately following the interment at 1 p.m., conducted by members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion, the Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion and the Endless Mountains Post #3583 V.F.W.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to St. Joachim/St. Bonaventure Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Roger Furman, 2431 SR 3004, Montrose, PA 18801.