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John “Doc” Edward Dougherty, Jr.

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On February 20, 2021 @ 11:08 am In Obituaries | 13 Comments

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John (Doc) Edward Dougherty, Jr., 62, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Newport Meadows Nursing Home due to complications with multiple illnesses while battling COVID-19. He was a loving son, brother, father and grandfather.

Doc was born in Boonton, New Jersey, on March 9, 1958 to John and Joan Dougherty. Having grown up being a skilled multi-sport athlete, Doc was an All-American tight end receiver for the Wesley College football team and continued his education and football career at Millersville University. After a career-ending knee injury at Millersville University, Doc took an interest in bodybuilding where he competed in and captured the “Mr. Lancaster” title in 1982.

If you asked Doc, his greatest accomplishment wasn’t his football legacy or his career. It was being a father to his children and a Papa Doc to his grandchildren. He was a passionate parent who loved watching his children, Meagan and Kaylee, succeed in academics and compete in athletics.

John (Doc) Edward Dougherty, Jr., is survived by his former wife, Jayne Sawdey, and their two daughters Meagan Kober and Kaylee Dougherty; his sisters Kathleen Graham, Mary Joan Lavoice and Eileen Arena; and his grandchildren Jonah Kober and Rue Kober. He was preceded in death by his father John Dougherty and his mother Joan Dougherty.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of John’s life, which will be held at a later date. Please reach out to Meagan Kober or Kaylee Dougherty if you would like to be notified on a date and location for the celebration.

People wishing to honor Doc can make donations to any of the following organizations: Alcoholic’s Anonymous, Alzheimer’s Association, or a local homeless shelter.


Condolences for the family of “John “Doc” Edward Dougherty, Jr.”

Condolence from Pamela Deery on February 20th, 2021 3:10 pm

So very, very sorry for your loss. May your good memories help to ease your pain. You are all in my heart.

Condolence from Mike and Pam Marion on February 20th, 2021 3:17 pm

Jayne, Meagan and Kaylee,
Pam and I are so very sorry for your loss. Doc was a wonderful friend and neighbor. I used to jokingly call him “My son, the Doctor”, but he was really more like my younger brother.
All our best wishes for you and yours at this difficult time.

Condolence from Tom McGloon on February 20th, 2021 3:24 pm

I was a teammate of Doc at Wesley. He w https://www.debordsnyder.com/john-doc-edward-dougherty-jr/ as a great football player and even a better person.
We reconnected for our football reunions in 2001 and again for the Wesley team induction in the hall of fame in 2016. He was so excited about the reunion with former teammates and coaches.
We will miss having Doc attend our next reunion but we will toast and celebrate our friendships and love for Doc. I am proud to have been Docs teamate and more importantly, his friend!
RIP Doc!

Condolence from Tom Ritchie on February 20th, 2021 4:53 pm

Vaya con Dios mi Amigo. C u on the other side Doc.

Condolence from Keith on February 21st, 2021 3:26 pm

Please accept my most heartfelt condolences for your loss. I knew Doc as a team-mate at Wesley Jr. College. An outstanding player and friend. It was so nice to see him at the 25th reunion. I will miss him.

Condolence from Michael McDonald on February 21st, 2021 3:32 pm

Meagan , Kaylee and Jayne,

Please accept my condolences, at he passing of Doc. Heart sick that I could not have helped you , find you, speak to you and say goodbye to you, my All-American, Mr. Lancaster, bouncer brother and friend – God rest your soul.

Condolence from Amy and Tim Sullivan on February 21st, 2021 4:42 pm

Meagan and Kaylee,

It is very hard when a parent passes. Our best to you.

Condolence from Kathy Johnston on February 23rd, 2021 10:09 am

Dear Meghan, Kaylee and Jane,
My heart aches for you all. It must have been so difficult to watch. I pray for peace for all of you and I’m so glad John’s suffering has ended. Here are to better days ahead and wonderful memories.
Love to all,
Kathy Johnston

Condolence from Jacqueline Ressler Urban on February 24th, 2021 5:46 am

I am so very sorry for your loss.
I have fond memories of him.
Thinking of you all
Prayers and Love

Condolence from Amy Gold on February 24th, 2021 6:47 am

Kaylee, so sorry to hear about your dad. We will keep you and you family in our prayers through this difficult time.
Amy and Dwight Gold

Condolence from Bob Brautigam on February 25th, 2021 8:51 pm

Meagan, , Kaylee and Jayne,
Thinking of you all ! Recalling fond memories of many soccer games and tournaments, lots of laughs and many shared recipes with Doc. He was always deeply proud of his girls! You were very loved by him. His sense of humor will be missed.
May you find comfort in the memories that make you smile.
Bob and Pj Brautigam

Condolence from Anton Spinelli on April 17th, 2021 10:11 am

Dear Meghan, Kaylee, Jayne And Doc’s family.
May you grief lighten with the thoughts of Doc’s smile, sense of humor and love for his family.
I will miss him very much though I lost contact with him when he moved from Landisville I often thought of him.
Hey Doc, you behave up there!
(He understands this)
R. I. P. Buddy, see you on the other side someday.
Anton & Cathy Spinelli

Condolence from Pamela Young on April 20th, 2021 6:28 pm

Very sorry to hear this sad news. We were classmates at Wesley College, Doc was a great guy, lots of laughs and a great athlete. My sincere condolences to his family, he will be remembered fondly.
Rest In Peace ❤️

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