Aftin H. Doughty Sr., 84: Mechanic, owned two local gas stations
PORTLAND — Aftin H. Doughty Sr., of Portland, 84, died Jan. 16 after a short illness.
The son of Aftin L. Doughty and Harriett McCullum Doughty, he was born in Portland on March 22, 1929. He was raised by his grandmother, Ethyl Colby Doughty, and her partner, Jack Griffin, and attended Windham schools.
Doughty was serving in an Army artillery division in Germany, where he first learned he was mechanically inclined. He met Beverly A. Cooper at a dance at the Redman’s Hall in South Portland. They married on Sept. 17, 1950.
Doughty was a master automobile mechanic, owning Rocky’s Mobil on the corner of Brighton Avenue and St. John Street in Portland, and subsequently Rocky’s Sunoco on Ocean Street in South Portland. He helped many young people to keep their first cars roadworthy. Square dancing was a favorite activity during his middle years.
He was an extremely talented scale modeler. His model of the frigate USS Raleigh is a prized exhibit in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard museum. His primary modeling subjects were World War I and II warplanes, many of which could be flown by remote control.
He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Doughty; sisters, Dianne G. Wright Sturgeon and Sandra L. Wright Moore; children, Aftin H. Doughty Jr. and wife, Denise Green, Naleen A. Mayberry and husband, Bruce C. Mayberry, of Yarmouth, Kendalee G. O’Connor and husband, James O’Connor, of South Portland and Leland C. Doughty, of New Gloucester; grandchildren, Courtney A. Downs, of Windham, Clifford A. Mayberry, of Boston, and Abby R. Doughty, of New Gloucester; and three great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours were held Jan. 23, at the A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, Portland. A funeral service was held Jan. 24, at the Williston-Immanuel United Church, Portland, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donation in his memory to the Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High St., Portland, ME 04101.