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James Stephen

James Stephen "Steve" Doherty

Thursday, December 26th, 1929 - Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
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Obituary

“My bags are packed” was a favourite saying of Steve’s when asked about death or dying and on September 24th, 2019, peacefully in his sleep, He packed his bags and went home.
James Stephen Doherty was born in Lurga, Co. Mayo Ireland on Dec. 26th, 1929. He was the youngest of a large, loving Irish family. He led a blessed life in rural Ireland and Dublin when as a young man with immense courage and a healthy sense of adventure, left Ireland for Canada. In Montreal he met his partner and love of his life, Bridget Neligan. Together they began a new adventure. They were married and had three daughters before moving to Calgary and then to Burlington. He was a kind, most patient, loving father and devoted husband. They say you can take the boy out of the bog but not the bog out of the boy and Steve’s life in Canada reflected that. The family years were marked with camping holidays, Sunday drives after church, evening dinners at the table, backyard bunnies, ducks and chickens, endless weekend projects, vegetable patches, entertaining family and friends, welcoming overseas visitors, parties, a fair amount of story-telling and many games of bridge and golf. Steve had a successful career at Standard Life and was well respected by his peers, but his passion was his family, his friends and his faith. Throughout his life Steve’s faith and trust in God guided him, and his infectious and insatiable curiosity shaped his life and those around him. In retirement, he was able to pursue his many and varied interests. He was an active member is the St Patrick’s church community, an avid volunteer and was always helping the less fortunate. He built a workshop and created beautiful pieces in both stained glass and wood, now cherished in homes far and wide. He and Bridget traveled the world visiting family and friends, coming home eager to share stories of their adventures. One of Steve’s greatest joys was being ‘Poppy’ to his eight grandchildren - a doting, proud, funny and exceptionally loving grandpa. He lives on in each one of them. It is an understatement that he will be missed.
Steve leaves behind his wife Bridget (nee Neligan), daughters Colleen (Brent Zurowski), Catherine (Bryan Pearce), Patricia (Steve Murray) and his grandchildren Caitlin, Madeleine, Luke, Eleanor, Erin, Tara, Sheila and Aidan. A good man will be greatly missed by his family and friends from near and far.
Steve (Dad, Poppy) - your decency, honesty, selflessness, concern for others, the poor and the environment were unparalleled. You will be deeply missed and remembered with enormous love. You have earned your eternal rest. Dé go raibh a anam

Visitation will be held at Smith’s Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line, Burlington 905-632-3333, on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Vigil prayers at 8:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 196 Kenwood Ave., Burlington on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 11 am. Reception to follow. Private family inurnment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Steve are asked to please consider St. Vincent de Paul or The Carpenter Hospice. Special thanks goes out to the staff at 7S Joseph Brant, Birchtree Family Medicine and the support of LHIN.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 29th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Sunday, September 29th, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line
    Address
    1167 Guelph Line
    BURLINGTON, ON L7P 2S7
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    Vigil prayers 8:30 p.m.
  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, September 29th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Sunday, September 29th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line
    Address
    1167 Guelph Line
    BURLINGTON, ON L7P 2S7
    Get Directions: View Map | Email
    Vigil prayers 8:30 p.m.
  • Service

    Monday, September 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, September 30th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    196 Kenwood Avenue
    BURLINGTON, ON L7L 4L8
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  • Interment

    Location
    Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
    Address
    600 Spring Gardens Road
    Burlington, ON L7T 1J1
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    Private family committal
  • Reception

    Location
    St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    196 Kenwood Avenue
    BURLINGTON, ON L7L 4L8
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    Following Mass

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Janet Glover

Posted at 08:00am
We are so sad to hear of Steve's passing. He was a wonderful human being; so kind, thoughtful, always with a smile and a good story to tell. We met Steve up at Sand Lake camping and cottaging and he introduced us to the Harvest Stew. Steve would set up a cauldron over an open fire and cook up beef , broth and onions. All of the guests had to bring a vegetable to add to the pot. We so enjoyed this autumn get-together of friends and family. I hope this is a tradition you'll carry on.
We miss Steve and will remember him always. Our hearts go out to all the family.
Much love, Janet, Dan & Katie
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Sally Dunleavy

Posted at 03:27pm
Bridget , it was with great sadness that I learned of Stephen’s death this morning from Aedammair and Kevin. My deepest sympathy to you Colleen, Catherine, Patricia and their family’s. It was lovely to be in contact with him for the past few years. My family and I will remember him and all of you at Mass tomorrow. Sally Dunleavy. Mayo.
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Trish Favalaro

Posted at 10:28pm
My sincere condolences to all of you! I have many sweet memories of “Mr. Doherty’s” story telling and welcoming nature...always happy to see you with a twinkle in his eye! I hope that you find comfort in all the specials memories held close to your heart! Favy
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John Karcz

Posted at 07:41pm
Cathy & the entire Doherty clan, my thoughts an prayers are will you all during this difficult time.
My God shine his light down upon you all and give you strength and peace.
Mr. Doherty was a wonderful soul, with a great sense of humour who loved is Irish upbringing
Unfortunately I will not be able to make either the visitation or funeral but know you with me close in my prayers - Karczie

Kim Clancy

Posted at 03:28pm
Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers xo
The Clancy's
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