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Obituary: Remembering Brookville’s Harold Dougherty

A celebration of his 95 years from Halloween 1916 to Easter Sunday 2012

Caroline Z. Bazzini, Village of Brookville mayor spoke at the Christ Church funeral Mass for Harold Dougherty, on April  14, saying, “Born on Halloween [Oct. 31, 1916], Harold M. Dougherty of Brookville, passed away peacefully at his home on Easter Sunday [April 8, 2012]. He was 95 years old. As a young boy, Harold Jr. often passed the Belt Parkway stables and so it came to be that he dreamed of owning a horse one day.  Little did he imagine that eventually he would own eight horses, play polo and be the master of the hunt.”

After a long and varied career including serving in the Navy, Mr. Dougherty, who owned his own plumbing business joined the staff of the Village of Brookville. Mayor Bazzini said, “In the early ’60s, he was appointed plumbing inspector under Brookville Mayor Kevin Waite. In 1969, when LeRoy Newell, the building inspector retired, Harold took his place. He continued to work in that position for the next 43 years – sharing that workload with his son, Tim, after he graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology [class of 1984] with an engineering degree. As of earlier this year, Harold was still participating in village board meetings.

“He was a founding member and great supporter of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church when it was built at the southern end of Brookville in the late ’60s.

“In 1992, Harold met Laura Varrichio. He was instantly smitten, but it took seven years before he was able to convince Laura to marry him. He often joked that it was his longest project. They lived happily together until this past Easter Sunday.”

Mayor Bazzini said Mr. Dougherty was a gentleman to the end and always a good friend to Brookville. “His tireless service as a village official will always be appreciated and remembered by the residents of this village whom he served so faithfully.” When asked to recall memories of Harold, she said, besides his love for wife, family and village, it was his loyalty, kindness, affability and quick sense of humor that those who knew him will remember best.

At the funeral, the speakers included two past Brookville mayors, the Honorable Richard P. Goodwin and the Honorable Michael P. Galgano. Timothy Dougherty, Harold’s son, also did a remembrance — for which the congregation applauded.

The Rev. Peter Casparian gave a homily and co-celebrated the mass with the Rev. Bruce D. Griffith, pastor emeritus of Christ Church. The closing song, sung solo, by Christopher Judd, was “Danny Boy.”

The 60-car funeral cortege headed up by an Old Brookville police escort, left Christ Church and headed west on Northern Blvd then went south on Cedar Swamp Road. It first passed by the Dougherty’s home and then stopped at St. Paul the Apostle RC  for a blessing by Father Clerkin before heading to Holy Rood Cemetery for interment in a crypt inside the chapel. There were full military honors as well as a bagpiper playing in the chapel.

Harold’s wife, Laura Dougherty, said that their dog, Erin, was with her at the funeral home, in the church and at the interment. Erin was certified as Mr. Dougherty’s support animal and spent much time with him in hospitals this past year. “She is a wonderful little poodle who is very smart and very well mannered. Erin also makes visits to the Life Enrichment Center and brings joy to the seniors who lunch there,” said Ms. Dougherty.

Harold M. Dougherty is survived by his wife Laura K. Varrichio Dougherty, and his three children, Timothy M. Dougherty, of Brookville, Jill Dougherty Warga, of Brookville and Amy Dougherty Cinque, of Orlando, Florida; plus his grandchildren, Kimberly and Christopher Warga and Joseph and Natalie Cinque.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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