on July 9, 2013 - 1:12 AM
Aug. 8, 1932 – June 3, 2013
Conrad P. Dougherty, an active member of St. Paul Catholic Church and longtime Red Cross blood donor, died June 3 in Erie County Medical Center after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 80.
Mr. Dougherty was born in Scranton, Pa., and lived in the Bronx before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served during the Korean War on the USS Roanoke, playing catcher for the ship’s baseball team in the summer. This was no surprise, since he had turned down offers from the farm teams for the Boston Red Sox and New York Giants so he could join the Navy.
Mr. Dougherty moved to Buffalo in 1955 and worked on the Radar Squad of the Buffalo Police Department before finding what he said was his true calling – working in sales for Prudential Insurance Co. Over the course of 29 years, he won many sales awards.
Mr. Dougherty, who was known as “Connie” to his friends, married Maureen Walsh in St. Joseph’s New Cathedral in 1965.
The couple became houseparents at Baker Hall in the “Mac House” group home in Lackawanna, supervising six teenage boys for two years.
The couple later moved to Kenmore, where they were parishioners at St. Paul Catholic Church. Mr. Dougherty was active in the Holy Name Society and Home School Association, and a member of Our Lady of Hope and Kenmore Councils, Knights of Columbus.
He also was a member of Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion, and the Kenmore Lions Club, which he served as treasurer.
Mr. Dougherty enjoyed family life and riding his motorcycle, playing pool and listening to violin music.
Over many years of regular giving, Mr. Dougherty became a 30-gallon blood donor for the Red Cross and, in a final act of generosity, donated his body to the University at Buffalo Medical School.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Erin Koprevich and Megan Walker, and a son, Sean.
A Memorial Mass and celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 10 in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.