Virginia Beach – James “Jim” McClure Dougherty went to be with the Lord on Thursday February 12th at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of Isaac C and Anne R Dougherty of Hamburg, NY. He graduated from Hamburg High School and attended MIT. Shortly thereafter he attended officer and flight training school and later became a Naval Aviator. He later graduated from George Washington University with a Master’s in Business Administration. He married his high school sweetheart Dolores Anne Blackman on November 12th, 1955. He was a Naval Aviator for 22 years and worked at the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Museum for 15 years.
He loved music, reading, learning, automobile racing, and most importantly, his family. He was a member of the Catholic church and a 12-year member of St. Gregory the Great. He is pre-deceased by the love of his life, Dolores and son, Robert. Survivors include his daughter Anne and her husband Herb, his son Richard and his wife Cathy, and daughter-in-law Donna, as well as his many loving grand and great-grandchildren and numerous wonderful extended family and friends. He was well-loved and will be dearly missed.
A funeral mass for the Celebration of Jim’s life is scheduled for 10 am on Saturday February 23rd at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach with a reception to follow at the Dougherty residence. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity. His cremains are to be interred at the columbarium at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery on October 29th, 2019.