1943 John 2021

John "Jack" O'Doherty

May 2, 1943 — June 9, 2021

John J. O’Doherty “Jack” of West Chester, PA died peacefully on June 9, 2021 surrounded by his family. He was born in Chester, PA to the late James and Mary Anne O’Doherty (Gallagher). He graduated from Saint James High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University.

Jack served in the Vietnam War, stationed in Phubai as a Russian language interpreter. Jack worked for thirty years for the US Navy as a logistics manager at the Navy Supply System Command in Philadelphia. Upon retirement, he started his new “career” as a Poppy. On any given day, he could be found at a preschool drop off, East Goshen park and even became a regular with his grandkids at Jumpers.

Jack enjoyed many things in life, especially his seven grandchildren. He was an avid reader and history buff. Jack was the definition of a family man, always putting his family first. He had an infectious laugh and always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. Jack found a way to add humor in almost every situation. He had an incredible warmth, and his strength, patience and perseverance were unmatched.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joann O’Doherty, his daughters Meredith Herley (John) and Erin Smyth (Christopher), seven grandchildren: Jake, Ava, Charlotte, Luke, Tessa, Owen and Haven, his brother Jim O’Doherty, sister-in-law Susan O’Doherty, his brother-in-law Jack Rucidlo and sister-in-law Judy Rucidlo as well as nieces and nephews: Adam O’Doherty (Gina), Shannon O’Doherty, Matthew O’Doherty (Debra), Jason Schenk (Pilar) and Megan Jordan (Chris).

Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation 9-10 AM Monday, June 14, 2021 at The Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382, 610-431-9000, followed by his Funeral Mass 10:30 AM SS Peter & Paul Church, 1325 Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380. Interment SS Peter & Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Progressive Care Unit at Paoli Hospital, 255 W. Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301, would be appreciated.

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Interment

1600 Sproul Road

, Springfield, PA 19064

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Monday, June 14, 2021

9:00 - 10:00am

The Donohue Funeral Home - West Chester

1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382

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Monday, June 14, 2021

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SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church

1325 Boot Rd, West Chester, PA 19380

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