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Robert "Bob" Doherty Jr.

February 01, 1941 - September 30, 2020

The family will be holding a gathering at the Hillsboro Vet's Club on Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM with military honors at 5:00 PM

October 02, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hillsboro Vet's Club


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Robert "Bob" Doherty Jr.

February 01, 1941 - September 30, 2020


Hillsboro, ND— Robert Emmett Doherty, Jr., 79, of Hillsboro, ND, died on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at the Hillsboro Medical Center.

Bob was born February 1, 1941, in Norfolk, Virginia, to Robert and Catherine Doherty. He grew up in Norfolk, Virginia and graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1960. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and worked on aircraft carriers. After being honorably discharged, he began working as a telephone lineman in Virginia. He moved to North Dakota and lived in Carrington, ND, for several years before moving to Hillsboro, ND in 1992 where he has lived ever since. After he retired from Qwest Communications, he worked part-time for the Goose River Golf Course and Casey’s General Store in Hillsboro. He married Elizabeth Abrahamson on November 5, 2005, in St. Michael, ND.

Born from Irish and Italian parents, Bob loved cooking and was known for his made-from-scratch pasta sauce. He loved fishing and seafood. Bob was a life time member of VFW Post 4172. Right up until his death, Bob talked about “getting back to work.” He loved visiting with customers at Casey’s even if it was for only a few hours a day. If there was news around Hillsboro, Bob was the first to know. He was active in his grandsons’ lives attending T-Ball, flag football games, and Grandparent’s Day at school.

He is survived by his wife, Liz; sister Diana Barnett of Cary, NC; daughter, Nancy Doherty and her daughter Lauren Healy of Oxford, NC; daughter Barbara Watson and her son Jerry Watson of Norfolk, VA; son, Matthew (Kristen) Doherty and their daughters Ava, Elyn, Olivia and Iris of Medina, MN; daughter, Seina Freidig, and her daughters Grace and Madelyn of West Fargo, ND; stepdaughter, Heather (Nick) Vinje and their sons Jack and Owen of Hunter, ND; many dear in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Connie Furey, two brother-in-law’s Cliff and Sonny Abrahamson, and his beloved dog Harry.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hillsboro Medical Center for their care and support.

A family burial service will be held at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in St. Michael, North Dakota. A military salute will be held at 5:00pm at the Vet’s Club in Hillsboro, ND on Saturday, October 3, 2020, with a celebration of life to follow from 5:00pm to 7:00pm also at the Vet’s Club.


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14 responses to “Robert “Bob Doherty Jr.”

  1. Bonnie Spicer says:

    Met Bob back when he was an EMT in Carrington, at our EMS training in Bismarck. Bob was always pleasant and my sympathy to his wife Liz and children and siblings and all hi big family. RIP BOB.

  2. Vicki and Roger Schlotman says:

    Matt, Seina and families, we were so saddened to hear of the loss of your Dad. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. May many fun memories comfort you in the days ahead.

  3. Townsend Barnett says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I take comfort that Uncle Bob is at peace.

  4. Lisa Tronson says:

    Our sympathy to the family.

  5. Kaylee and kimberly haugen says:

    U wiñl be forever missed and loved bob…. Rip

  6. LouAnn & Devin Lusso says:

    Our condolences

  7. Bev and Jim Mooney says:

    Our prayers are with you all.

  8. Marybeth Workin says:

    So sad to hear of Bob’s passing. Paul and I loved him dearly. He will be greatly missed.

    Rest in peace Bob…

    Marybeth & Paul

  9. Chanda Erickson says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Bob will be missed and he will never be forgotten, may his soul rest in peace.

  10. Carol Holweger says:

    You will be missed! Love you Bob! ❤️

  11. Paul Linnell says:

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We were friends at QWEST! Prayers for the family! I know he will be remembered by many! R.I.P. Bob!

  12. Rebecca Barnett Cote says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. James Delling says:

    Knew Bob from phone work. Will miss seeing him at Casey’s on trips from Fargo to Grand Forks.Bob always had caring nature for family.

  14. Christopher Furey says:

    All my love! Chris Furey

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