J. Stephen Dougherty

September 3, 1952 - July 27, 2020

J. Stephen Dougherty, 67, passed peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, FL. Steve was born in Philadelphia, to the late John F. and Mary Ellen (Gallagher) Dougherty.

Though he grew up in various places in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh was one of his favorites. His family moved to the Berks County area where he graduated from Holy Name High School in 1970. He served in the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist, resulting in an Honorable Discharge in 1973. On July 5, 1975, he was hired by the Spring Township Police Department as a Police Officer. He spent the next 27 years of his life truly believing in the concept of protecting and serving. He earned an Associate Degree in Community Services from Penn State University in 1982. Steve retired from the police department in November 2002. He relocated to Cape Coral, Florida, decided he needed to continue to provide some kind of meaningful contribution and eventually was hired as Student Affairs Specialist at Fort Myers Technical College. He was continually amazed in the nine years that followed, that every once in a while, a person could still make a positive difference in someone’s life.

Steve is survived by his loving wife Ann (Mikos); ex-wife Karen; 3 daughters, Melissa Moser, Margaret Campbell (wife of John P.), Katherine Orth (wife of Zachary R.); 7 grandchildren; sister Kathleen; lifelong friend and brother Peter Fedorowich; Barney, a 60 lb. basset hound/bulldog mix; and two persnickety cats.

Services will be private.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

Guestbook

  1. John Roszell Jul 30, 2020 at 11:23 am

    I am proud to have know Steve. An honorable, respectful man who knew his calling in life was to serve his community. He will be dearly missed.

  2. Joseph Mastrangelo Jul 30, 2020 at 11:25 am

    FMTC has some BIG shoes to fill. You will be missed my friend! I miss you already!
    Chef Joe

  3. Christelle Morisseau Jul 30, 2020 at 11:38 am

    We love you, Steve. I am going to miss all the stories you’ve told me about your career… and that grumpy smile!

    Praying for Steve’s family. <3

  4. Nancy W Hamilton Jul 30, 2020 at 11:56 am

    So many memories…..but I will forever remember your warm greetings every time I walked through the doors at FMTC..especially after I retired. Loved to hear your stories! You will be missed, but not forgotten. Fly high, my friend.

    Nancy Hamilton,
    Former FMTC Early Childhood Instructor

  5. Valerie Clark Jul 30, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Such a good man with a very big heart, tough guy exterior, but a teddy bear deep down. He was passionate about doing what was right and following the rules. He will certainly be missed at FMTC and it just isn’t the same without him on campus. We all miss him and are praying for his family.

  6. Andrea Gunns Jul 30, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Praying for you and your family Ann. Steve seemed like a great man. I am so sorry for you & your family’s loss.Your NFMAA Family will be here for you. Please let us know what you need.

  7. Kimberley Molhem Jul 30, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Ann you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Karen Dohan Jul 30, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss and your family’s loss. Prayers go out to You and your family.

  9. Rhonda Jul 30, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Ann,
    I loved hearing the great times you and your husband shared. Thinking of you and your family.

  10. Dennis Riegel Jul 30, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    It was a privilege and honor to have worked with Steve. We were partners for several years at the Spring Township Police Department. Steve was a great partner in difficult times and situations. RIP Steve.

  11. Todd P Jul 30, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    R.I.P. Steve! Thanks for all the help and memories over the years. Thoughts and prayers for the family

  12. Ashley Loson Jul 30, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Ann,
    Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Keeping you close in prayer during this difficult time.

  13. Jill Moreland Jul 30, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    So very sorry Ann. Praying for you and your family.

  14. The Pantelis Family Jul 30, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Dearest Ann and Family,
    We extend our sincerest condolences for the loss of your beloved patriarch and dear husband, J. Stephen Dougherty. His life was devoted to public service and we thank him for his contribution to our society. What an honorable legacy he created during his life. May the kind words of friends and family here bring you some comfort at this time. You are all in our thoughts, prayers, and hearts.

  15. Connie Eich Jul 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Steve was the first member of STPD that introduced himself to me when my husband joined the police department. I had forgotten about Steve and his then wife (Karen) having invited us to their home for dinner (when the kids were still small). I recall how sweet he and how attentive he was when they asked him a question or wanted his attention.

    Beyond that tough guy exterior was a man who stood strong in his beliefs and values. He was a prankster, fun loving and always kind to us both. THANKS STEVE, for making the policemen balls fun and memorable at our table.

  16. Ann Marie Tutay Jul 30, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Dear Ann, Family and Friends – Love and prayers of peace and strength to help you through this very difficult time. Steve was such a funny, passionate and great guy, he will be missed. I am so truly sorry for your loss. I will always remember our great times at FMTC.

  17. Jestine Troutman Jul 30, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Dearest Ann, Meg, Melissa & Katherine, So very sorry to learn this. about Steve. It broke my heart when I saw the passing posted this morning. Steve and I worked together at the District Attny’s office in Berks County, PA. He often spoke proudly of his 3 daughters and was a well respected member of our team. He was always smiling, telling jokes and trying to stay out of trouble. LOL He was a really funny co-worker!
    Ann, I am so very sorry for this tragic loss. Please know that you and the entire family are in our prayers. He will be greatly missed. Jes

  18. Jeanne Winnicki Jul 30, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Although I was cheated of knowing Steve for a long time,
    he was one of the kindest, friendliest and caring neighbors
    I have ever met.
    Ann and family my prayers are with you all. Rest In Peace Steve.

  19. BARBARA THOMPSON Jul 30, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Many memories of Steve throughout the years at Spring Township. Working with Gary, Outlaws softball and summer picnics. Rest easy, Steve. Condolences to Ann and the family.

  20. Lisa Johnson Jul 30, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Ann, my heart is broken to hear of your loss. I am truly sorry. You and your family are in my prayers.

    With much love, Lisa Johnson

  21. Lynne Reddington Covell Jul 30, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Oh, My Annie, My Annie, To say Steve was one of the more color threads in the tapestry of life is an understatement! His vibrant and passionate convictions made him magnetic to those around him. His impact on us is everlasting. Wrap your arms around yourself and squeeze a great big hug from me. In the quiet moments, listen to your memories of his booming voice telling you he loves you and see his twinkling eyes smiling at your beautiful soul. I Love You!

  22. Dave Wahl Jul 30, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Rest easy Steve. You humor early in the morning at FMTC brightened the day, everyday. You are missed, and should I one day acquire a Reading Fightn’s hat, it will be done in remembrance.

    Dave Wahl, HVACR instructor (retired)

  23. Donald G Aiman Jul 30, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Steve was the first officer I met. I went to the police officer’s door for my interview. Steve opened asked me what I wanted. I said I was there for my interview he said as a paid observer you should have seen the signs and closed the door on my face. I got hired and was partnered with Steve. He gave me my nick name and I was given numerous awards on my locker from going above and beyond in my odd way of doing the job lol.

  24. Jim Surgeoner Jul 31, 2020 at 7:03 am

    My first partner at STPD when I started in 1984 and he taught me a lot. I missed him when he retired and moved and do now as well. He would love this picture. RIP Brother

  25. jennifer Marie ford Jul 31, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Ann I’m so very sorry. I didn’t know he was ill. Please call if I can do anything. He was a great friend and will be missed.

  26. Shawn Bambrey Jul 31, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Ann, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  27. Val Morgan Jul 31, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Ann, sending love and prayers to the Family. Steve protected us so well at FMTC and was dedicated to his life call of serving others! We are here if you need anything in the days ahead.

  28. Rob Miklas Jul 31, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Ann, I’m so sorry for you and your families loss. I only met the man twice and yet his influence made me leave a comment. He was a mans man. Very confident and secure. The type of person you want in a position of power. My belief is that God takes care of people who love to help His people. With that in mind I hope that your times are a little easier.

  29. Maggie Walters Jul 31, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Sweet Steve, Rest In Peace knowing I will be a friend forever for Ann. Thank you for loving Ann so much! Thank you also for your service, what an amazing angel heaven received.
    Love Maggie Walters

  30. Leslee Salyers Jul 31, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Ann,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family – including the beloved 4 legged members of your family. The grieving process is sometimes difficult, but you will have each other to share memories. Steve’s love is with you always. Let Steve’s love and God’s love enfold you and give you comfort and peace.

  31. Ernie White Jul 31, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Steve you helped me many times , It was GREAT to know you over the past five years. Rest easy.

  32. Rob Miklas Jul 31, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Ann, I’m so sorry for you and your families loss. I only met the man twice but he still had the influence to make me comment. He was a mans man. The type of person you want in a position of power, strong and fair. I believe that God takes care of people who help others. With that I hope your hard times are a little easier.

  33. Lynn and Sal Garcia Jul 31, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Our hearts are broken. Steve was always a true friend and straight shooter. We are better people for having him in our lives and he has left a void that can never be filled. May Steve rest in peace and may God give you, Ann, and your family, peace and strength.

  34. Amanda Shadrick Jul 31, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Ann,
    Sending unending thoughts and prayers. May God continue to wrap His loving arms around you and your family during this most difficult time.
    With love and hugs,
    Amanda

  35. Nancy Redenius Nursing at FMTC Jul 31, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Steve was a great guy always helping keep the nursing students on the right path. When talking with students about the importance of being on time and being in the right place. He will be missed by all but especially by the Nursing faculty.
    Ann and Family, I am so sorry for your loss you are in my prayers.

  36. George McDaniel Jul 31, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Ann, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Steve and I shared many laughs and good times over the years, and I could ALWAYS rely on him. Steve, rest easy my friend, you will be missed!

  37. Randall Eich Jul 31, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Steve, a loss too soon. So many memories of the early days in my law enforcement career and at Spring Township Police Department.
    Thanks for your insight while at PSU-Berks…you were one part of the “duo” (Bob) who made my ride-a-long at STPD in 1978 an eye opening experience and set my career path. I still recall your “wet behind the ears” comment and I smile today. So many fun times, good times, and work times…you often made the blues tolerable. Gruff, rough, yeah sometimes we all turned away, maybe with an OMG, but often with a smile. That was Steve! You will be missed.

  38. Rich Troutman Jul 31, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Ann, The Spring Township Police Department wants to send its condolences to you and the family. I had the honor and privilege of working with Steve and have a lot of great memories of him over the years. R.I.P. Steve

  39. Jeanne and Jim Aura Jul 31, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Dear Steve , You were a wonderful person and a wonderful friend. We can’t believe you are gone from us. Love and caring wishes to you family at this sad time. We will do everything we can to help Ann going forward. See You in the next life buddy. Xxxoooooo

  40. Peggy Bregenzer Jul 31, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Ann and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

  41. Melissa Moser Jul 31, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    I’m so sorry that we lost him.I’m praying for everyone that God’s comfort is wrapped around you.I know he his with Granny and PopPop and we will see him again.

  42. Brittany Farina Jul 31, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Mom, I’m so sorry you’re going through this pain. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. I love you.

  43. Heidi Waltman-Kane Jul 31, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Peace to all he loved. With deepest sympathy. Heidi

  44. Sheralee K Tonnessen Jul 31, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    We will miss Steve!
    He was a good neighbor, and my daughter and I always felt safer with him home.
    We honor his lifelong service of protecting others.
    Grace & Peace, Always,
    Sheralee

  45. Donna Hernandez Jul 31, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Steve will be missed at FMTC. His sense of humor, calm presence and dedication to keeping us safe will be something that I will always remember about Steve. The Early Childhood Education staff, students and children will miss his salute as he would ride past on his chariot! Sending condolences and prayers to all of Steve’s family and friends.

  46. Edward Berner Jul 31, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Steve was a good friend and I will truly miss him

  47. Phyllis Hunter Jul 31, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    I will truly miss you my friend. I so admired your strength and calmness in difficult situations. The stories we shared in raising daughters. You will be missed at FMTC. Prayers to the family in this difficult time.

  48. Tom Impink, constable. Aug 2, 2020 at 9:17 am

    We go back a long way my friend, you were a great policeman, not as good at 2nd. base. I hope I made you smile up in heaven. You will be missed.

  49. Kathy and Steve Combs Aug 2, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    We are so sorry we never got to say good-bye to Steve. And while we only met him later in life, we are so very grateful we did, We will miss him!

    Our sincere sympathy to Ann and the family.
    Kathy & Steve Combs

  50. Deborah Georgiadis Aug 2, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    I am so saddened by Steve”s passing. When I worked with him at FMTC, my day would be made if I could make him laugh. Luckily, Steve laughed easily. He enjoyed many things. He loved baseball and Barney, food and drink. He loved “pastime and good company.” He was more than a cheerful, friendly fellow, though. He always imagined himself to be the hero of his life story, not at all a bad thing as it held him to a set of values that included hard work, honesty, setting the crooked straight and protecting the ones in his care. All of which explains his career in law enforcement and security. I know I am not alone in appreciating what a loss his death is. (Ann, if you read this, please ready UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES for publication.)

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