Tamworth Citizen of the Year Barbara Doherty dies peacefully, aged 87

VALE: Much-loved Tamworth woman and former citizen of the year Barbara Doherty died peacefully on Tuesday morning at the age of 87. Photo: Geoff O'Neill

VALE: Much-loved Tamworth woman and former citizen of the year Barbara Doherty died peacefully on Tuesday morning at the age of 87. Photo: Geoff O'Neill

A TAMWORTH citizen of the year is being remembered as a selfless community stalwart, who enriched the lives of those around her. 

Barbara Doherty died peacefully on Tuesday morning, aged 87.

Mrs Doherty was born in Sydney, where she trained as a nurse at the The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

She migrated to Tamworth with her husband John Doherty more than 50 years ago, moving into their family home on Fitzroy Street, East Tamworth.

Family are remembering her as a loving mother-of-five and grandmother of three, who dedicated her life to giving back to the community she so loved.

Mrs Doherty was influential in bringing the Cancer Council to Tamworth and spearheaded numerous other community initiatives in the city throughout her time.

Among her greatest achievements was being a founder of Lifeline in Tamworth, where she worked as a counsellor for more than 30 years. 

VALE: Much-loved 2006 Tamworth Citizen of the Year Barbara Doherty died peacefully on Tuesday morning. Photo: Barry Smith

VALE: Much-loved 2006 Tamworth Citizen of the Year Barbara Doherty died peacefully on Tuesday morning. Photo: Barry Smith

Mrs Doherty provided an understanding ear for more than 3300 people who needed to hear a friendly voice in her 33 years as a Lifeline counsellor.

For her efforts, Mrs Doherty was named the 2006 Tamworth Citizen of the Year at Australia Day celebrations in 2007.

Barbara Doherty is awarded 2006 Citizen of the Year.

Barbara Doherty is awarded 2006 Citizen of the Year.

She was also awarded Lifeline’s Opal of Honour Award for her ongoing support of the vital free telephone counselling service in 2006.

“Mum taught us all patience, understanding and acceptance,” youngest son David said.

“She was a great community woman.”

Mrs Doherty’s husband died about 20 years ago, and she remained living in the family home until several months ago when she moved into Bupa Aged Care.

“They are synonymous with Tamworth,” David said of his parents.

“The Doherty family are the longest-standing residents in Fitzroy Street.”

Mrs Doherty is a much-loved mother to children John, Susan, Timothy, Paul and David. 

A funeral service for Mrs Doherty will be held on Friday, but details are still being finalised.