Charles ‘Chuck’ Dooher

By May 31, 2011


Dec. 8, 1928 — May 25, 2011

Charles “Chuck” Dooher of Moraga, Calif., returned to the Lord on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, surrounded by his children, who loved and adored him greatly.

Charles was born on December 8, 1928, in County Donegal, Ireland, to Charles and Anne Dooher. He grew up with his brother and five sisters on a farm in Lifford, Ireland. He briefly spent time in London before moving to Oakland in 1947, where he began his career at PG&E. Charles served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He then returned to Oakland in 1953. He returned to his work at PG&E as an electrical technician. While living in Oakland, he met and married Elizabeth McCaffrey, settling down in Orinda. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering, working during the day and attending classes at night. He became a Professional Electrical Engineer, and eventually supervised the electrical test and standards group at PG&E’s Department of Engineering Research in San Ramon.

Charles was an extraordinary man. He was very dedicated to high quality, and even had visits from the National Bureau of Standards to learn and use some of the methods developed in his lab. In addition, he was offered an opportunity to found a program in electrical testing at the American University in Beruit, but he declined due to the increasing instability in Lebanon.

Charles Dooher worked hard for himself and his family, achieving much. Having come to the United States without any formal education, he became a well respected member of his profession and community. Charles took great joy in his children and their accomplishments, and a special joy in seeing his grandchildren, Zachary, Catherine, Lana, and Charles. But his health began to fail in his last few years, and he lost his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth, in early 2010. Charles’ dedication and spirit influenced all whom he touched. His faith in God stayed with him always. He will be missed and will live in our hearts forever.

Preceding Charles to God’s tender care were his wife, Elizabeth, his son, Jim, and his daughters, Catherine and Mary; his father and mother, Charles and Anne; his brother, James; and his sisters,
Bridie, Jo, and Margaret. He leaves behind his sons, Paul and Brendan, (Svjetlana); and daughter, Elizabeth, (Bryan). He was the proud and loving grandfather of the children of Elizabeth and Bryan: Zachary and Catherine, and the children of Brendan and Svjetlana: Lana and Charles. Charles is also survived by his sisters Kay Brennan of Danville, and Nancy Dooher of Donegal, Ireland.

Rosary and viewing will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, and the funeral Mass begins at
10 a.m. Wednesday, June 1. Both services will be at St. Monica Catholic Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. He will be laid to his final rest at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. May he rest in peace in the palm of God’s hand.

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