Thomas Edward Dougherty. 78, of Burnet, Texas passed away on September 11, 2019. He was born to Eugene Vincent and Eleanor (Ross) Dougherty on October 26, 1940 in DuBois, Pennsylvania.
Tom grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio after high school. He felt the call to serve his country and joined the United States Navy. He served four years aboard the USS Forrestal, the largest aircraft carrier of its time. He worked as a mechanic in the engine room and was also an accomplished boxer. Upon completion of his duty in the Navy, Tom moved to Rochester, New York where he married the mother of his children, Cheryl Francis Dougherty. The family moved to Texas in 1971. Cheryl passed away in 1995. In 1997 he married Connie Gonzalez, the two of them relocated to the Texas Hill Country in 2016.
Tom was a life member of the VFW 4695 in Hurst, Texas, as well as the American Legion Post 516 in Fort Worth, Texas. He held many different offices in both organizations. He was also a member of the construction workers union in New York. He enjoyed bay fishing in the Lower Laguna Madre in South Texas, playing dominos, poker, and golf. In his later life, Tom found great relaxation in meditation and Tai Chi. He was also a great cook, he loved to prepare the fish he caught, as well as lobster, and had a homemade Italian Sausage recipe that was second to none.
He is survived by his wife of twenty-two years, Connie Dougherty of Burnet, Texas; daughter, Sheila Dougherty-Olivas and husband Manuel of Fort Worth, Texas; sons, Edward Thomas Dougherty and wife Terry of Weatherford, Texas, Shawn Thomas Dougherty and wife Lisa of Fort Worth, Texas, and Daniel Thomas Dougherty and wife Felicia of Weatherford, Texas; step son, David Edward Gonzales and wife Jessica of San Antonio, Texas; step daughter, Christine Adel Gonzales of Fort Worth, Texas; sisters, Eugenia Brosius and Eleanor Campbell. Thirteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and his precious dog, Rusty also survive.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Daniel Eugene Dougherty.
The family requests memorial donations be made to an American Veterans association such as the VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, The Wounded Warrior Project, or Honor Flight. The family would also like to thank all the medical professionals that aided in Tom’s care.
The family will have a private celebration of life at a later date. An online guest register may be signed at www.PutnamCares.com
Toms care entrusted to Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, Texas 78639. (325)388-0008.