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Rev. R. (Richard) Paul Doherty of Rockford, age 72, passed away peacefully Monday, July 26, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents John James Doherty, Alice Mae (Helsel) Doherty, and his older brother Jack Junior Doherty. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan Elaine (Davies) Doherty; daughter, Susan Kathleen (Matthew J.V.) Wilton of Mattawan; sons, Michael Alan (Svetlana) Doherty of Cary, North Carolina, and Richard John (Monica) Doherty of Cedar Springs. Surviving grandchildren are: Allison Elizabeth Wilton, Courtney Erin Wilton, Emily Kathleen Wilton and Kyle John Doherty; Step-Grandchildren: Yevgeniya Kohan Doherty, Kyle David (Krystal) Earl, Joshua Douglas Earl, Emily Elizabeth Earl; his sister-in-laws, several nephews, nieces, cousins, and his faithful Golden Retriever Wesley. Paul was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan June 2, 1938. He was a graduate of Mt. Clemens High School, the University of Michigan and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He was ordained as a United Methodist Minister in the National Cathedral, in Washington D.C. He served the Dryden United Methodist Church in the Detroit Conference. He also served at Mt. Zion, Mt. Bethel and St. Paul's United Methodist Churches in the Baltimore Conference. Upon returning to the West Michigan Conference he served the Constantine, Dowagiac and Twin Lake United Methodist churches. In his 44 years of ministry, Paul's passion was in mission work for Haiti. He served as an UMCOR consultant to Haiti, was Chairperson for the Michigan Area Haiti Task Force, board member of Grace Children's Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Since 1982 he led numerous work team mission trips to Haiti for the building of schools and churches. He was also a fundraiser for the Methodist Orphanage in Port au Prince and the hot lunch program for the Methodiste d'Haiti. He enjoyed gardening, reading, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He took many trips to Ireland to pursue his passion for genealogy, tracing his roots in Ireland back to the 1500's. He enjoyed spending as much time as possible at his cottage in Northern Michigan, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. Paul will always be remembered for his great sense of humor, caring nature, mentoring of others for the ministry, his ministry with youth, his dedication to his faith, and his love of life.