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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thinking of the Dougherty family and hope you find peace in your favorite memories.

Posted by The DeLay's - Philadelphia   April 12, 2022

God´s Garden

God looked around his garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face. He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest. God`s Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best. He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb, so he closed your weary eyelids and whispered "PEACE BE THINE."
It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn´t go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

Thank you for being a part of our journey!

The Joseph Family

Posted by Cynthia Joseph - Work   April 11, 2022

As a nephew and a member of Local 401 words can't say what "Uncle Joe" means to me. He is the greatest in every way possible and will always be a hero in my heart. Eastfalls and Local 401 hang a heavy heart today.
Love u Doc
Dave B & Meg

Posted by Dave Brotherton    April 11, 2022

Thoughts and Prayers for the entire Dougherty family. Joe was a fantastic and amazing guy.

Posted by Betty Schneider Schneider - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   April 10, 2022

Sorry for your loss. Joe was a great person and changed so many lives. Joe changed my life and the lives of so many Ironworkers. He truly cared about all the members of Local 401. He made us all proud to be a part of a great union.

Posted by Carol Smolda - Delran, NJ - Friend   April 10, 2022

Sorry for your loss, Joe had a positive impact on many people, he will be missed

Posted by Gary Moore - Clarkton, NC - Friend   April 09, 2022

Rest In Peace Joe Prayers for your family

Posted by Fred Braker - Stuart, FL - Friend   April 09, 2022

You will be missed Joe!!
Love, Jennifer Keenan Keil

Posted by Jennifer Keenan Keil - PA - Family Friend   April 08, 2022

Rest In Peace Joe Doc!
Jeff Laffey and The Laffey Bucci Kent Family

Posted by Jeff Laffey - PA - Acquaintance   April 08, 2022

thank you for all you did for countless members and families of ironworkers union . Please know You made a positive inpact in so many members and thier families lifes .
Joe,Brian and the entire Dougherty family Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences

Posted by Kevin, Erin , megan and Mason Kulp - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   April 06, 2022

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Dougherty Family.
Thelma Clements

Posted by Thelma Clements - Chester, PA - Friend   April 06, 2022

Doc was a Great Business Agent...

Posted by Gerry Bulger - Work   April 06, 2022

RIP "Doc" and sincere condolences to the family. Even though I was an out-of-towner,Doc always treated me and others with great respect. He made me feel like I was one of his members.

Posted by Stan Counts - FL - Coworker   April 06, 2022

+ Rest In Peace + Joe. What a legacy your forged.......and the labor world will be forever grateful.
Tom Kearney
Steamfitters LU 420 Retired.

Posted by Tom Kearney - Ambler, PA - Family Friend   April 06, 2022

To the Dougherty family: Please accept my deepest condolences & I'm sure I won't be the first one to tell you this, but I truly believe if it wasn't for Joe & local 401 me & my family would not be members of the middle/working class & for that I am eternally grateful. Joe Doc is Ironworkers local 401 & Ironworkers local 401 is Joe Doc one in the same.

Posted by Robert Grant - Phila, PA - Friend   April 05, 2022

One of the BestWill miss you Joe.Love Deb and Fran ( fellow ironworker) Kenney, Our Condolences to the Dougherty Family

Posted by Deb and Fran Kenney - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   April 05, 2022

Thank you so much for your service to all of us members at Local 401. You always fought for the men and their families. Even when I went overseas you always told me, if my wife or kids needed anything to just call the Hall and you will never know what that meant to me and how that made me feel, I knew they would be in good hands while I was away. If it was not for you, I would not have what I have today. You and my Brother Jimmy entered Heaven on the same day. You have done so much for our Local, you will be missed tremendously! Your door was always opened to us members. God Bless You and watch down on us...

Posted by John Grant - MARLTON, NJ - Friend   April 05, 2022

I'm sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

Posted by John Mason - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   April 05, 2022

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