Dr. Robert “Bob” Dougherty


Dr. Robert “Bob” Dougherty; beloved husband of the late Carol; loving father of Brandon and Angelique (fiancé Nick); cherished grandfather of Isabella and Gianna; dear friend to many. Dr. Dougherty served the Portage Park neighborhood at Ace Animal Hospital as a veterinarian for over 40 years and owner for 30 years. Visitation Thursday 3-8 PM at Gibbons Family Funeral Home, 5917 W. Irving Park Rd. (½ Block East of Austin). *Covid -19 protocols will be followed, and space is limited, please wear a mask and pay your respects quickly so others may do the same*. For info 773-777-3944 or www.GFFH.com


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04/29/2021 - 04/29/2021

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43 thoughts on “Dr. Robert “Bob” Dougherty”

  1. Dr.Dougherty, We are very sad to hear about your passing .Thank you for being part of our lives and our pets for the last 25 years. Heaven now, has the perfect veterinarian looking after all of the pets at the rainbow park. Rest in peace friend. And may God bless you. Condolences to your family, and to Maureen and Debbie and the staff at Ace Animal Hosp.

  2. I was so shocked to see and hear about this , my family adored him and how he took care of their posse of dogs, he also took care of my cats as well. I am so sorry for the families loss , also all the animals and the community he served have also suffered a loss as well . With my deepest sympathy, Kris and Taras Tchoryk, and on behalf of my late parents Pat and Steve Walenga

    1. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues; he was a wonderful Vet; he will be missed.

  3. I don’t know what we will do without you. You cared for many of our family pets for the past 40 years. You were so loving, caring and gentle with our animals. You came up with alternative procedures and surgeries. To take care of unique issues with our pets. We trusted your judgment and advice and you never steered us wrong. You will be greatly missed and I can only hope I can find another vet who is nearly as wonderful as you were. We are thankful to have had you care for our pets for so long. God bless you.

  4. Dougherty Family & Staff. I cherish my memories w Dr. Dougherty & his late wife Carol. He will be missed by many. Brandon Angelique my sincere sympathies. Camille Borozan

  5. It’s hard to believe after 30+years and all our pups you’re gone. Heartfelt sympathy to your family and the staff at ACE. You will truly be missed.
    The Hennesseys
    Ron,Geri, Blanca and Lola.

    I hope Shadow, Reno and Bella greet you.💔

  6. Thank you, Dr. Dougherty, for everything that you did for the animals. May you fly with the angels in paradise.

  7. My deepest sympathy to Dr. D’s family and to the ACE staff! He gave excellent care to our Wrigley and Pia. His compassion and concern for pets and owners was brought home when it was time to relieve Wrigley’s suffering. A trusted and caring vet is a treasure for owners. He also chose staff who were also caring and compassionate. Thank you, Dr. D. You will be greatly missed.
    Betsey Kurth (Pia too)

  8. I am totally devastated on the passing of this wonderful and caring man. You will be extremely missed. Prayers go out to your family. Sincerely Patricia Murphy and Squirt

  9. Our condolences to Dr Dougherty’s family, staff, and friends. For over thirty years we took our dogs to him. I can’t express how much he was valued by us. He was such a kind, knowledgeable vet. We will miss you Dr D. I hope you hook up with St Francis of Assisi, he needs some expert help. Sincerely, John and Deb Klusman

  10. Dr. Dougherty was an amazing vet and a compassionate man. I’m devastated that he’s moved on. But I’m sure that more than a few of his former patients greeted him when—like them—he crossed the Rainbow Bridge.😥

  11. Dr. DOUGHERTY,
    You truly were a hero to all the fur babies that you saved and loved…we love you and will miss you…Please watch over your son and daughter. I pray that you are at peace and running around with all the furbabies that passed away, especially our baby, Hooch. Please give him a big kiss from us. Again, we love you very much!

  12. I a very sorry to hear Bob passed away. My deepest sympathies go out to the Dougherty family. He was a very generous human being and a great vet. May he rest in peace.

  13. Dr.dougherty you was a amazing guy and thank you for all the care you did to my dogs you will be missed from the johnsons

  14. I was deeply saddened to learn of Dr Dougherty’s passing. I was so shocked when I found out. I just learned that the visitation was yesterday, and very sorry I missed it. I have been going to Ace for over 35 years and found Dr Dougherty to be one of the kindest veterinarians I have ever come in contact with. He will surely be missed, always understanding and compassionate. My prayers are with him and his family.
    Dorie Kerins

  15. Dr. Dougherty was so special and enriched the lives of many pets and their pet parents. Our condolences to his family and to the wonderful staff at Ace. His passing is a terrible loss to our community and we will miss him very much. 💔💔

  16. I’m extremely shocked to have heard of the passing of Dr Dougherty, it seems like not too long ago I was in front of this wonderful veterinarian taking care of my pets, you will be missed

  17. We are deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Dr. Dougherty’s passing. Dr. Dougherty cared for our animals, our best friends, for decades. We greatly appreciated his wisdom, compassion, and care. Our sympathies to the Dougherty family and the Ace Animal Hospital community. Dr. Dougherty will remain in our hearts and in our prayers. The Clemente Family

  18. This is horrible news, we are so devastated to hear of his passing, He was a great Doctor and very caring and gentle with all of my pets. My deepest condolences to his family, Maureen, Debbie and the entire staff at Ace. From Robert Gil Jr. and Family. We are going to miss you, R.I.P.

  19. Dr. Dougherty, I know you were greeted by all the fur babies you served. We will miss you and our sincere condolences to your family and the staff at Ace.
    We will miss you.
    The Brady/McKenna Family (Kuma, Sushi, Maggie, Hercules, Carson, Char-Li & Guinness)

  20. So sorry to hear of his passing. A very gentle loving vet who definitely will have no problem at the Rainbow Bridge. The Gate is wide open for him and Dr. Dougherty will be met by the thousands of animals he cared for over his forty years of service. God Bless you, sir. Rest well.

  21. Such a kind man and wonderful veterinarian. Sincere sympathies to his family and the staff at Ace.

  22. So very sorry to learn of Dr. Dougherty’s passing. He provided gentle, compassionate care to my cats and valuable advice – free of charge – when my cat had suffered a coma. Truly one of a kind. God bless Dr. Dougherty and his family.

    1. Dr. Dougherty was a dedicated, caring thorough professional not common to his field. In my few encounters with this gentleman I was in awe of his kindness & sincere generosity with his time when treating an injured or sick pet like it was one of his own. Dr. Dougherty will not be forgotten as one true dependable guy in the Portage Park community for many yrs to come. My prayers go out to Dr. Dougherty & his family during this difficult time. Gods speed to this man for all he has given all his life.🙏🏼

  23. So sorry to hear of Dr. Dougherty’s passing! He was a such a caring vet and skilled vet. He will be missed greatly in the neighborhood! God bless Dr. Dougherty and his family and his staff at Ace.

  24. My deepest condolences to the Dougherty family. He will be missed by both pets and pet parents.

    Thank you Dr. Dougherty for caring for my fur baby.

    Kurt and “Gracie” Taylor

  25. I just heard of Dr. Dougherty’s passing. He was the most kind, gentle, compassionate, loving, people that I knew. There is none like him. He took care of all my cats for the last 30 years. He was truly one of a kind. He will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  26. I just heard of Dr. Dougherty’s passing. I have to say that I’m totally shocked and saddened by the news!!! My deepest sympathies go out to his family and all the staff. I will always remember his kind heart. Thank you for the many years of taking care of our animals. The Boettcher Family

  27. Dr. Dougherty was the best! He was so kind and compassionate. Our little Muffy was cared for by him. He saved her life with emergency surgery one time. Then at the end, he was keeping her overnight to run tests but felt something amiss. He came downstairs to sit with her so she wasn’t alone and she died in his arms. He cried with us when we came to say our goodbyes. Thank you and rest in peace Dr. D.

  28. I’m absolutely shocked and extremely saddened to just hear of Dr. Dougherty’s passing!! Deepest condolences to his Family, and his wonderful staff! So kind, caring and compassionate to his patients and their parents, thank you for your over 30 years of exceptional care of our Furballs

  29. I just heard about Dr. Dougherty’s passing today. My condolences to his family and the staff at Ace Animal Hospital. He was a very kind and empathetic vet. I will always remember his ability to gain the trust of my various dogs and his ability to explain any procedure that he needed to perform. He will be truly missed by all of my family.

  30. What a sad day in Portage pk. I haven’t stop crying since I got the news. Dr. D and I had quite a few moments with Miss Happi. He knew the pain we went through with thyroid disease. We both cried the day we said goodbye to her. God bless. My deepest condolences to Debbie, Maureen , and the rest of the staff and family.
    I am very lucky to have met this man. Dru Willey.

  31. Dr Dougherty – our deepest condolences. You were a part of our life for the past 30 years and will be missed!!! I know you will be taking care of our fur babies that knew you well and have passed the rainbow bridge over the years (Sinbad, Ashley, Patti, Kelly, and Chloe). Healing prayers to the family.

  32. My pup was a long time patient of Dr. D. He met her when she was a puppy and continued to care for her with such compassion and profession along with his team as she grew. Dr. D was my FAVORITE vet. I trusted and respected him. He was very kind and funny. I spoke to him but a few months ago. Though him and the staff may not have known at the time, their compassionate services helped my family in times when we were financially struggling yet they still cared for my dog. He always helped and took care of our loved fur baby. I am so very saddened to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to the Doughtery family. Your loved one was a friend to many and he will leave nothing short of a grand mark on this earth. Our biggest hugs to the family. The Dougherty name is worthy of the label “unlimited kindness”. May your hearts heal.

  33. Dr. Doherty and the Ace Family have taken care of my pets for over 30 years. I’ve continued to see them after moving to Arlington Heights. He’s been a trusted and compassionate partner in their care and I will miss him very much. I can only imagine the empty spot he leaves in the lives of his family and staff. My deepest sympathy.
    Caryl Inglis

  34. Sincerest condolences to Dr. Dougherty’s family. He cared for my pets for the last 20 years. Rest in peace and love.

  35. Just found out about Dr Dougherty’s heavenly abode. He was a mentor to me. I worked with him for 6 years and learned a lot from him. May the Almighty keep him peace and provide strength to the family.

  36. We aare so deeply saddenrd by the loss of dr dougherty i have been going to him for 25 plus years he has taken care of all our pets and made me feel better when i was worried abt my animals. I dont know what we re going to do without him here but we know we will be loving and caring for our pets in heaven. Rest in peace dr d . You will be very much missed

  37. Dear Dr Dougherty’s family and ACE staff we loved the care he took to our pets and the compassion he gave us as loving owners. You will be deeply missed I hope you are surrounded by 100s of pets that can never die in heaven you will be sorely missed, love you Dr Daugherty…..Carrie and David

  38. My deepest condolences to all family and friends on the passing of Dr. Dougherty. He was a very caring and compassionate soul.
    I regret only seeing this news upon checking to make an appointment for one of our pet’s annual visits. We are not on Facebook.
    Ace Animal Hospital has been our only vet hospital, for over 40 years. Showing what a terrific Veterinarian/man Dr. Dougherty was, he will be sorely missed. ;(

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