Dougherty

Edward Dougherty 1940–2021 Gold Canyon, Ariz.—Edward Joseph Dougherty passed away peacefully on New Year's Day 2021 from complications of COVID-19. Ed was born in 1940 in San Francisco to Edward M. and Eva Dougherty. The family moved to Guatemala three years later, after the birth of Ed's younger brother, Dick. Ed loved growing up in Guatemala. He formed lifelong bonds with friends and cousins, learned Spanish and spoke it fluently his entire life, developed a love for dancing and Latin Jazz, and witnessed the Cold War firsthand. Ed's father owned two radio stations in Guatemala and successfully repelled attempts by revolutionaries to take control of the airwaves and distribute Communist propaganda. Ed returned to Northern California at age 14 to attend high school in Santa Rosa. He attended the College of San Mateo, received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco, and an MBA from Golden Gate University. Ed spent most of his career in marketing and merchandising, primarily helping grocers market their private label paper goods. In 1995 Ed married Anne Anderson. They shared passion for jazz, golf, travel, family, and a rollicking good time. He was warmly welcomed by Anne's extended family, including her sons Sigurd (Kelly) Anderson of San Francisco and Eric (Deb) Anderson of Minneapolis, five grandchildren, her brothers, Bob (Ann) Esse and Rick (Pam Moeller) Esse of Northfield, Minnesota, and many friends. Ed and Anne lived in Northfield for 20 years before retiring. They later split their time between Northfield and Gold Canyon, Ariz. but considered the Phoenix suburb at the foot of the Superstition Mountains home. Ed loved to sit on their patio to read, smoke cigars, and enjoy the sunshine. Ed and Anne celebrated their 80th birthdays and 25 years of marriage in 2020 with family and friends while practicing social distancing. Ed is survived by his wife, Anne, son Rob (Laurie) of San Mateo, California, daughter Deb (Matt Elmgren) of Portland, Oregon, and four grandchildren.

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