Peter H. Dougherty | Obituary


Peter Hansen Dougherty, 68, died on September 12, 2021 at his home in Sarasota, Florida. Unlike most events in his life, his death was completely unexpected and came as a shock to everyone who knew and loved him. Pete was born on January 19, 1953 in the Bronx, NY. He grew up and attended school in West Patterson, New Jersey, where he began making lifelong friendships from kindergarten through high school graduation. He continued his college education at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, where he served as class president and member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He also served on their board of directors and was a founding member of the National Council of Elders. Pete was married to Sandy (Helsel) on August 17, 1974 until his death in 2006. He then reconnected with a childhood friend, Jan and they were married on June 30, 2007 until his death. He was lucky to have two women who loved him fiercely and supported him in all his passions. We only wish they could convince him to stop wearing socks with sandals. But alas, they did their best! Pete was the father of Megen Boyle (husband David), Bryan Dougherty (wife Emily) and Elizabeth Dougherty and the stepfather of Dan Stewart. He was the grandfather of Gavan McDaniel, Adam Artzer V, Olivia Boyle and Addison Boyle. Let’s not forget the love he had for his cats Beans and Leah. In addition to being survived by his wife Jan, his children and grandchildren, he is survived by his sisters Susan and Margaret as well as many nieces and nephews. Pete has lived most of his adult life in Charles Town, WV, where he has consistently contributed to the community. He began his career in Jefferson County where he worked in the parole and probation offices before becoming a magistrate from 1977 to 1983. He then worked in the service of former Congressman Harley Staggers, Senator Jay Rockefeller IV until his transition to the Department of Veterans Affairs where he served as the first National Director of Homelessness Programs and Acting Director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs . He was also a member and chairman of the Jefferson County School Board for 25 years, including 21 years as chairman. It’s fitting that he ended his career in the same place he started serving as Jefferson County Sheriff from 2013-2020. Pete was selfless in his desire to serve his community and made it his lifelong dream. to contribute wherever he could. What a mark he left on the causes of which he may have been a part. The Charles Town Kiwanis Club, Local Boy Scout Troops, Asbury United Methodist Church, Jefferson Community Ministries, several homeless veterans organizations, D&E College, WV’s Promise Advisory Board are not just a few of the causes he volunteered for. He was honored to sponsor Jefferson County Teacher of the Year to participate in Leadership Jefferson. Pete has led by example his entire life. He led with grace, compassion, and an unwavering love and support of which his wife, children and family could not be more proud. There will be a service at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town, WV at 3:30 pm on September 19, 2021. After the service, please join us for a celebration of life at 5:00 pm at Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, Virginia. Instead of flowers and donations, volunteer for a cause, help a neighbor, lend a hand. Donations can also be made for the Pete Dougherty Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships for post-secondary education at Davis & Elkins College to students in Jefferson County. c / o Bryan Dougherty, 128 Baltusrol Dr. Charles Town, WV 25414.


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