Harvey Douglas Dougherty
On Wednesday, May 12 at the Saint John Regional Hospital, Harvey Douglas Dougherty passed peacefully with his wife, partner and best friend of 57 years, Eleanor (Craig) of Bonny River NB, by his side.
On November 25, 1932, Harvey made his entrance into the world at his parents’ farm in Knicky Knocky, Quebec (Bury area). Only a scant few minutes behind his twin brother Herman, the sixth and seventh of eight children born to the late Russell and Marjorie (Harrison) Dougherty, the twins were sure to try their parent’s (and sister's) patience with their shenanigans. He was predeceased by his four sisters and two brothers: Carmen, Ethel, Evelyn, Muriel, Stuart and Herman. Brothers-in-law Don and Vance Craig, Sonny Frost and his beloved daughter Shelley Dougherty (Taylor) of Bonny River NB.
Harvey met the love of his life, Eleanor, on a blind date and he never looked back. He carried his love of woodworking throughout his life as a foreman at Vilas Furniture in Cowansville, Quebec and then opening his own furniture refinishing business in Lindsay, Ontario. Retiring from the business he and Eleanor moved home to enjoy a slower Maritime lifestyle in Bonny River, NB where they spent the next 15 years operating the very successful Bonny River House Bed and Breakfast out of the Craig family homestead. Hosting guests from around the globe Harvey was well known for his delicious breakfasts, homemade bread and famous rhubarb muffins.
Harvey enjoyed downhill slalom skiing in his younger years, bowling, playing bridge, weekly men’s morning out with his buds and travelling anywhere Eleanor decided they might need to go. Members of the Presbyterian Kirk in St. George, NB he and Eleanor were always happy to participate in church breakfasts, fundraisers and community events.
Left to mourn the loss of a devoted husband, father and grandfather, his wife, Eleanor (Craig) of Bonny River, NB daughter Stephanie Murphy of Maces Bay, NB brother Jimmy (Betty) Dougherty of Bury, Quebec, Cal (Barb) Craig of Bonny River NB son-in-law Jeffrey Taylor of Bonny River, NB brother-in-law Alan (Mary) Craig, Vance (Late) Mary Ann Craig, sister-in-law Marilyn (Rod Campbell), and special family of his heart in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Three generations of nieces and nephews, friends, neighbors and all those who knew Harvey to be the kindest, gentlest, calmest, unflappable soul there ever was. Most especially his only grandchild, the apple of his eye, his grandson Ashton Dougherty Taylor who will forever carry the weight of the absence of his ‘Da’ in his heart.
Interment of ashes will take place outdoors at the Second Falls cemetery on Thursday, May 20 at 2:00 pm. Face masks and social distancing protocols are mandatory due to the current pandemic climate. A small indoor/outdoor gathering will take place following interment at the home of Alan and Mary Craig, St. George, NB.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in Harvey’s name to the Presbyterian Kirk Memorial Fund, Charlotte County Cancer Society or charity of donors’ choice. Arrangements are in the care of the St. George Funeral Home (755-3533) 26 Portage Street, St. George, NB.