Joseph "Joe Doc" Dougherty, Jr.

  • Born: August 22, 1941
  • Died: March 29, 2022
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John F. Givnish Funeral Home

10975 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Tel. (215) 281-0100

Tribute & Message From The Family


Joseph J. "Joe Doc" Dougherty Jr., 80, a proud East Falls and Northeast Philadelphia resident passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
Joseph was the beloved husband of Angela J. Dougherty (nee Barrulli); loving father of Joseph J. Dougherty, III (Elaine), Brian C. Dougherty (Rachel), Anne Marie Dougherty (Steve), and Sarah C. Dougherty; devoted stepfather of George, Joseph, and Jeana Jamison; proud grandfather of Joseph J. Dougherty IV, James C. Dougherty, Caitlin McMonigle (Daniel), Case and Colm Dougherty, as well as his great grandchildren Daniel and Conor McMonigle; Joseph is also survived by his adoring sister, Judith Roberts (Joseph) and her children, Joseph (Kelly), Christopher (Vaughan) and Anthony Roberts as well as many extended family members, friends, the officers, staff, and entire membership of Ironworkers' Local Union No. 401. Joseph was predeceased by his former wife Patricia Anne Dougherty (nee Haley), his parents Catherine T. and Joseph J. Dougherty, Sr., and his brother Charles J. "Skip" Dougherty.
Joe Doc was a 55-year member of Ironworkers Local Union No. 401. Entering the Apprentice Training program on December 1, 1967 he graduated at the top of his class and was named "Apprentice of the Year", as such, he was quickly recognized as a self-starter and earned the respect of his brother ironworkers and employers alike. In his career as an ironworker, he was a craftsman of the highest caliber having mastered every facet of his trade from apprentice to journeyman, to steward, and then foreman to general foreman. Simultaneously being elected to the Executive Board he advocated for his brother ironworkers within the executive branch of the union and quickly found his passion for leadership and service.

In June of 1981 he was elected Financial Secretary/Treasurer, Assistant Business Agent, a position that soon transitioned into the office of Business Manager, which Joe impressively held for the duration of his career. In addition to his core responsibilities, he served on the Ironworkers' District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity and the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council where he was able to expand his voice on behalf of the members he represented.

With the support of his fellow 401 members, his contributions were unprecedented and instrumental in helping the local achieve national recognition as one of the premier Ironworker Locals in the country. As a high-profile leader and visionary, he gave life to the state-of-the art Ironworkers' Local 401 Union Complex and Apprentice Training Facility while having instituted and managed trust funds to provide retirement benefits, supplemental health and welfare assistance and extensive training and safety programs for Apprentice workers. He was dedicated to middle class and was extremely proud of the work ethic and accomplishments of organized labor and coined the Local 401 motto "Work Hard or Go Home"!

He was extremely active in communities across our area, coached and promoted youth sports, volunteered on many city, state, and local boards, and collaborated with numerous charitable foundations and non-profit organizations in an effort to help those who were suffering or less fortunate. He gave his time, talents, and treasure to help countless people and their families live a better life.

Still, of his many accomplishments and contributions, Mr. Dougherty was most proud of his family and the lives he was able to impact in his capacity as a labor leader, a coach and community activist.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Sunday April 10, 2022, at John F. Givnish Funeral Home, 10975 Academy Rd. Phila, PA 19154 from 4-7pm; and again, on Monday April 11, 2022, from 8-9am. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Maternity B.V.M Church, 9220 Old Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115 starting at 10am. Interment to be held at Resurrection Cemetery Bensalem, PA. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the Sarah Catherine Dougherty Educational Fund are appreciated and can be sent to 11600 Norcom Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154 c/o Angela Dougherty.