Frederick J. Dougherty

July 9, 1930 ~ December 21, 2020 (age 90)

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On Monday, December 21, 2020, Frederick J. Dougherty passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 90 in the company of his children.  Fred shared 63 years of marriage with his wife Joan who recently passed away. 

Fred is survived by four children Charlotte Inman of Middleton, Frederick Dougherty of Middleton, Trudy Kiley of Amesbury and Rachel Crosscup of Middleton.  Nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. The couple was predeceased by a daughter Laura. 
 Fred was raised in Lynn, Massachusetts-the youngest of 7 children. He was a well-known, popular presence in the town of Middleton where he resided for over 50 years.  Fred was honorably discharged after faithfully performing his duties in the United States Army during the Korean War where he served in Japan.  Using the machinist skills and training he received in the military Fred went on to realize a life-long career as an accomplished machinist.  He climbed the ranks at the Polaroid Corporation from machinist to research development and ultimately mechanical engineering.  He retired from Polaroid as an engineering supervisor in 1980 and then opened FJ Dougherty Machine, Inc. 
 Fred enjoyed listening to Baseball on the radio. And, together, with his wife Joan he never missed a televised Bruins game. “Good, Better, Best. Never Take a Rest. Until the good is better and the better is best”.  

At Fred’s request, there will be no services.  Donations in his memory may be made to The Middleton Council on Aging, P.O. Box 855, Middleton, MA 01949. Assisting the family is the Mackey Funeral Home. To share a condolence, kindly visit


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