Walter Doherty

Obituary of Walter Ross Doherty




It is with sadness tinged with joy that we say fly high and forever to beloved son, brother, and uncle Walter Ross “ Doc “ Doherty ( June 1932 to June 2023), late of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 


Uncle Ross was born in Mossbank, Saskatchewan, to Mabel and Stuart Doherty, as the younger brother to Les and Agnes. 


After the Second World War, the Doherty family moved to Saskatoon, where Ross graduated in 1950 from Bedford Road Collegiate Institute. Ross joined the Royal Canadian Air Force cadet program while still in high school and enlisted in the regular force shortly after leaving BRCI. 


His more than 20 year air force career took him to many spots in Canada as well as overseas postings in Germany and France. As he would recount on many an occasion, the highlight of his air force years was as a member of the Golden Centennaires, an air demonstration team formed in honour of Expo 67 in 1967.  A vital member of the team's ground crew, Corporal Doc's travels took him to various locations in Canada, the United States, and the Bahamas. 


After leaving the force in 1971, Ross relocated to Saskatoon where he held a number of post-service positions as a radar specialist in the far north, an x-ray technician (based for a short time in Edmonton), a television repair person, an employee of the Scott Paper Company, and finally as a member of the Corps of Commissionaires. Ross embarked on his full time retirement journey in 1994. 


Activities that kept him busy over time included annual fishing trips with a select group of high school friends to northern Saskatchewan, gourmet cooking, and gardening. 


In addition, Uncle Ross became well known to his family members as the go-to guy for advice on making wine, working with computers, genealogy research, and all things electronic. Left to carry on his memory are numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and close friends.


As per his wishes, there will be no farewell services. 


Good bye, Sir!

Sic itur ad Astra




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