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James F. Dougherty, longtime teacher in Buffalo

June 27, 1933 – July 9, 2015

James F. Dougherty, a longtime teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools and an Army veteran, died Thursday in his Blasdell home. He was 82.

A native of Buffalo, Mr. Dougherty grew up on Davis Street on the East Side and was a 1952 graduate of Technical High School. After high school, he served two years in the Army as a crewman for a missile launcher at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Ansbach, Germany.

After finishing his tour of duty, Mr. Dougherty enrolled at Buffalo State College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1958.

Mr. Dougherty spent most of his 31-year teaching career at School 67, where he taught industrial arts. He also briefly taught at Schools 28 and 33.

Upon retirement, Mr. Dougherty went to work part time as an usher and in ticket sales for the Buffalo Bisons, a position he held for 25 years. For the last 20 years, he and his wife, the former Pricilla Echeverria, spent winters in their Madeira Beach, Fla., condominium.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, James, Michael and Paul; a daughter, Margaret VanArsdale; two sisters, Jeanne Hasselbeck and Marian Morreale; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs.

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