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Phillip K. "Phil" Doherty

June 6, 1966 — November 20, 2020

Phillip K. Doherty of Medford passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 20, 2020. He was 54 years of age.

Phil is the beloved son of the late Charles Doherty and Phyllis (Hill) Doherty. Phil was the younger brother to Charles and his wife Barbara, Glen, and Paula Zavrl and her husband Frank. Devoted uncle to Laura, Mark, and Julie and her fiancé Dan. He is also survived by his best pal, Claude.

Born in Stoneham on 6/6/66, a numerical curiosity he enjoyed, he was extremely gregarious and was a caring friend to so many. He passed away surrounded by friends. He started with an incredibly large circle of close friends as a very young child and continued to expand that circle his entire life. He meticulously nurtured every friendship. While he entered many rooms as a stranger, he never left as one. All who knew Phil had a loyal friend in him and many more friends because of him.

Phil's quick wit and nonsensical jibber jabber brought smiles and laughter to all that knew him, talented enough for stand-up but too anxious to take the stage. Many have said he should be followed with a camera: his life and antics would have made great reality TV. Always quick to offer himself as the butt of the joke, he was both large and larger than life.

There were few conspiracy theories he didn't believe in: hopefully he can finally find his answers to Bigfoot, UFOs, Aliens, who shot JFK, the Bilderberg group, etc.

Phil loved music but had no musical talent. Of course this fact never stopped him from arrhythmically drumming on whatever was handy and imposing his horrible voice over whatever double platinum star was playing. His rendition of Joni Mitchell's "California" was truly special, even more so when sung with his equally musically gifted sister. He loved going to concerts and meeting the musicians in his roles at Live Nation and concert security.

He never fully appreciated his value to everyone around him and how he was the glue that bonded so many together. He immediately identified the core love in every person he met. Once he found it, he lit a candle in there that will burn for infinity. He is irreplaceable and will be sorely missed.

Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with Phil's family on Tuesday, Nov. 24th from 4-8pm in the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT 28) STONEHAM.

Per MA regulations, face coverings must be worn while at the Funeral Home and not more than 40% capacity will be allowed in the Funeral Home at one time. Please honor Phil by making donations in his memory to the West End House by visiting

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Barile Family Funeral Home

482 Main St, Wakefield, MA 01880

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