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Doherty Funeral Homes & Cremation Services has been serving the funeral needs of families in the Wilmington area for over 125 years.

                            William J. Doherty, Sr.                                                                                                                                                                                                     JJ Doherty

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Doherty Funeral Service was established in 1896 on 7th and Rodney Streets in Wilmington, by founding funeral director, JJ Doherty.

In 1954, Bill Doherty, Sr., JJ’s nephew, opened the long-standing Wilmington location at 1900 Delaware Avenue. Bill, Sr. then expanded with the Pike Creek location at 3200 Limestone Road, which was constructed and opened in 1974. It was his sincere care for people, noble character, and work ethic that laid the foundation and established the three pillars on which we operate: Compassion, Excellence, & Integrity. Bill, Sr. retired in 1992 and passed away in 2020.

Bill Doherty II joined the family business in 1985, became a licensed funeral director in 1986, and served as President for over 20 years. The growth of the funeral home during his tenure is a testament to his leadership and vision. Bill II now serves as Chairman. 

In 2010, Bill Doherty III began working with his father, became licensed in 2015, and was elevated to the role of President in 2023.  Bill the 3rd continues the legacy of leadership and service while striving for new and innovative ways to care for our families. 

Melissa Doherty, daughter of Bill Doherty II and sister of Bill Doherty III, joined the family operation in 2022, adding value with roles in Marketing, Business Operations, and Bereavement Support.

"Today, we continue the tradition of compassion, excellence and integrity that started so long ago. Our professional and courteous staff strives to provide the very best in personal service in helping you and your family deal with the loss of a loved one. It is our distinct privilege for our family to serve your family. We thank you for the trust that you have placed in us and will do our very best to meet and exceed your expectations."

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Bill Doherty II 

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Bill Doherty III
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Melissa Doherty 


The Doherty Family 

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