Tree to be planted at Albion park in memory of Jonathan Doherty

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 October 2023 at 8:44 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Jonathan Doherty walks in Holley’s parade in June 2016 with the Self Advocate All Stars. In 2016 he was named Volunteer of the Year for the western region of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State.

ALBION – A tree will be planted at Bullard Park in memory of Jonathan Doherty, a much-loved local resident who died at age 38 on May 5, 2022.

Ingrid Lamont of Albion agreed to pay for the tree and a plaque in honor of Doherty. The Village Board approved the offer with Lamont to work with Jay Pahura, the DPW superintendent, on selecting the tree and its location in the park.

Doherty graduated from Albion in 2003. He was an Eagle Scout and active in many civic organizations in his community, selling numerous fundraising tickets for over 20 years. He was part of the Bullard Park restoration, pushing for upgrades at the park along Route 31.

He was a member of the Albion Lion’s Club, an employee of the ARC Cleaning Crew and a substitute cleaner at Albion Central School.

He also was a founder of the Self-Advocacy All Stars for the local Arc, and attended statewide and national meetings on behalf of his differently-abled peers.