In Loving Memory of Pat Doherty

February 20, 1934
June 02, 2020
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Current services are being held privately.

A public service will be announced at a later date.


Oak Lawn Cemetery

1530 Bronson Road,
Fairfield CT 06824

No date included.

Family Gathering


The Wounded Warrior Project

P.O. Box 758516,
Topeka KS 66675-8516

Patrick Joseph Doherty

Patrick J. Doherty, age 86, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Barbara Jane (Lasagna) Doherty, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Bridgeport Hospital. Born in Stamford to the late Patrick and Mary (Reilly) Doherty, Patrick served in the United States Navy during the Korean War for four years on the USS Brownson (DD 868). After his service, he and his wife Barbara settled in Fairfield where they would live together for nearly 60 years. Pat worked as a manager for the Southern New England Telecommunications Company for over 30 years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 2220, Fairfield. Pat loved being outdoors and soaking up the sun. He enjoyed trips to the local beaches, traveling to Vermont and up the coast of Maine with his wife. Pat always welcomed the company of family and friends and was happy to spend time to share stories and laughter together. Throughout his life, as a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he took every opportunity to teach his children on manners, fairness, respect, and good sportsmanship. He made sure his family was safe and smart in the ways of the world, to do well, and provide for their families. Although he was not outwardly expressive with his emotions, we knew and felt his love. During his final days he was sure to say out loud how proud he was of his family for working hard to do well and taking care of each other. He was especially proud and at peace knowing Barbara is strong and able to take care of everything, and that the whole family would always be there for her. In addition to his devoted wife, Barbara, Patrick is survived by four children and their spouses, Patrick Michael Doherty (Tamara) of Woodbury, Susan Anderson (Scott) of Wallingford, VT, Colleen Gilbertson (Gregory) of Trumbull, and Laurie Fusco (Richard) of Shelton; his sister, Agnes Peterson; as well as nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Cheers to a good life and peace forever – We love you! Patrick was predeceased by two of his sisters, Mary Ellen Kotches and Katherine Zurkowski. For the health of friends and family members, public services for Patrick will be postponed; a formal announcement will be made when it is safe for all to gather. A private service will be held at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Pat's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project ( P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516). For information or to sign an online register, please visit

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30 Guestbook Entries for Patrick J. Doherty

  1. To Aunt Barbara, Pat,Suzy,Colleen ,Laurie & All the family.
    Ken and I send our thoughts and love to you all. Uncle Pat will be missed!!!
    Cheers to him!! And the family too.
    Love to all of you.
    Kim & Ken

  2. I worked for and with Pat at the phone company (SNET) in Stamford for 10 years in the 1960s and 1970s. Pat was an exceptionally nice person and supervisor. He helped me as a new employee as my supervisor and as a mentor. I had since transferred to New Haven and I haven’t seen Pat for a number of years but I remember him as someone I was glad to have met in my lifetime.

    So sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences.

    • Dear Sal, Thank you for your kind words. My dad loved his years working at SNET and I am certain it was because of people like you that made his time there so enjoyable. Please keep him in your heart.

  3. My condolences to the family. I had the good fortune to work with Pat for a few years. He was a friend, an excellent Manager and a true gentleman.

  4. Barbara and Family,
    We are so sadden to hear of Pat’s passing.
    He was always so nice to us. (A great boss to MaryLou). We haven’t seen him in a while but we will never forget him. He was one of the great guys. May he Rest In Peace.
    Bruce and MaryLou

  5. We will miss uncle Pat! He was a gentle soul, always had a smile and always made us feel welcome.

  6. Our sincere sympathy and condolences to the entire Doherty family. Knowing Suzy for many years I had only meet Pat a few times over the years it was always a pleasure speaking with him. I know he will be missed. Rick and Chris Hendricks

  7. We will miss the man who always saw the best side of things and people.
    Every time I think of him, I hear him laughing behind those bright eyes and a big smile.
    Rest in peace Uncle.
    You will be missed.


    • Thank you for your kind words Don. He loved you and your family. Please keep in in your heart.

  8. Dear Aunt Barbara, Pat, Suzy, Colleen, Laurie and families, We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Pat was such a good person. He was always there for my mom, I remember him always doing something in the yard when we were younger, never sitting still. He will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love Terri, Eamon, Casey and Keira

    • Thank Terri and family for your sweet words. Dad loved you all very much. Keep those memories in your heart.

  9. To Colleen, Mother Barbara & family.
    So sorry for your loss! You have a great family with lots of good memories of your Dad, Husband, Grandfather & Great Grandfather. Those memories will help your pain. Mr Doherty RIP! xo

  10. Colleen and family I am deeply sorry for your loss. I never met your dad but knowing you in our youth shows clearly he was a good person because of the loving daughter he raised. God bless you and your family. Virtual hugs to you.

  11. Know of my prayers for you and your family Colleen, as you savor beautiful memories of your Father’s inspiring life.

  12. Uncle Pat stood for strong, lasting connections among family and friends and celebrating those relationships as often as possible. So many happy thoughts of childhood pool parties, special events at the Club, and him stopping by on his Honda motorcycle. Thanks always for including us in your rounds.
    The Zurkowski Family salutes Uncle Pat for his style, service, and smiling eyes.
    Much love and support to Aunt Barbara, Pat, Suzy, Colleen & Laurie and your families, now and always
    Linda & Peter

    • Thank you Linda and Peter. Dad is in good hands and will be missed. He loved all of you and thank you for these special memories. I will keep them in my heart.

  13. Condolences to the family and friends of Pat,Rest in peace with our Lord until we all meet again in Heaven,to our absent brother B.P.O E. 2220&Bridgeport 36

  14. Barb and family,
    I am saddened to hear of your loss.
    It’s been far too many years since we were together.
    Bud and I always enjoyer the time we spent with your wonderful mother and father and the rest of the family.
    I remember you and Pat as a loving couple.
    Your mother and farther always spoke high[y of Pat and were proud of the husband and son in law he was.
    I pray that you can all take comfort in the wonderful memories of the happy life you had with your years together as a family.
    May God bless and keep you in his loving care and watch over you.
    RIP Pat, knowing that you will all be together again someday.
    Much love, Virge

  15. To the family,
    I worked for SNET in Stamford from 1966 to 1974. I was very fortunate to have Pat as my boss. He was an exceptional person. I lost touch after I left and moved south but thought of him and his ability to relate to and manage people often. My thoughts are with the family. Herb

  16. Pat was my first supervisor in SNET in 1969. His guidance and direction built a foundation for me to enjoy a 30 year career with SNET.
    He was a truly a great man who cared deeply about his employees.
    I spent many an evening with him at Colony Grill and will never forget those memories of him making me laugh. RIP