Eugene Weekly Remembers Kevin Dougherty

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Kevin Dougherty takes a break from the 8 at the Country Fair. Photo by Todd Cooper

Remembering Kevin Dougherty
Beloved storyteller, Deadhead, artist
by Suzi Steffen

Eugene Weekly Art Director and Production Manager Kevin Dougherty died unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 21. Family, friends and co-workers today are reeling from the shock.

Dougherty began working at the Weekly in 1994 after graduating from LCC’s graphic design program. Tim Blood, his adviser at LCC, wrote the Weekly an email to say that Dougherty’s sudden death “is a huge loss to this community.” The cause of death has not been determined, but it appeared to be natural, according to the staff members who went to his house soon after his body was discovered.

He was originally from New York, where he earned a business degree, studied at Cooper Union and worked as a stockbroker for a short period of time. Dougherty followed the Grateful Dead to the West Coast and eventually to Eugene, according to staff members who worked with him for 15 years. “They did tie-dyes in the bathtubs and would sell them at Grateful Dead shows,” said Classified Manager Geneva Miller.

Staff remembered him for his generosity and his passion. “He would see me looking down or depressed and drop chocolate on my desk,” said reporter Camilla Mortensen. After large special issues such as Best of Eugene or Summer Guide, Dougherty always remembered to leave thank-you gifts on the desks of editorial members.

Bill Shreve, the Weekly's director of sales and marketing, said, “He cared a lot about people.”

That was obvious from his love for his children, according to every staff member interviewed. “He was a great father,” Shreve said. Dougherty had three children, one of whom is a freshman at the UO and the youngest of whom set off alarms in the Weekly office yesterday when he called to wonder why his father hadn’t picked him up from school.

“He was so proud of all of his kids,” Miller said.

Dougherty was heavily involved with the Oregon Country Fair and was a member of the Fair Family. Many people in Eugene remember Dougherty as the owner of the classic Eugene Weekly VW van, which he bought from the paper and kept alive for as long as possible.

Dougherty, an artist, had a long involvement with art in Eugene. He helped found the Last Friday Artwalk, and he hosted early performances of the Lord Leebrick Theatre in his living room. “He’s done some great paintings,” said Todd Cooper, EW graphic artist and photographer. “Like his memorial box for Ken Kesey,” Miller said.

News Editor Alan Pittman, who was with the paper when Dougherty started, simply said, “I’ll miss him.”

***

There will be a celebration of Kevin's life at the WOW Hall on Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 pm. The Weekly invites you to leave your memories of Kevin Dougherty in the comments below. This will be a moderated comment discussion, so please be respectful to Kevin and his family and friends. In addition, if you have mementos or photos of Kevin that you would like to share, Geneva Miller is hosting a memorial altar at the paper.


Kevin at a staff party. Photo by Ted Taylor.

Kevin was an amazing boss

Kevin was an amazing boss and coworker, a wonderful friend and an inspirational human being. He knew how to make us laugh, and he sure knows how to make us weep. I will miss him every day of my life. - Sarah Decker, EW Art Dept.

Submitted by Sarah Decker (not verified) on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 15:09.
Wow.

I missed Kevin when I moved from Eugene, and now that feeling is increased tenfold. No one else in that little building on Lincoln knew how to get a laugh (or at least a grin) out of a frazzled friend. And that's what Kevin was, not just a coworker, but a friend. My heart goes out to his family from here in Minneapolis.

Submitted by Jef (not verified) on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 15:50.
a welcoming friend

I am so saddened to hear about this loss. Kevin welcomed me to the Weekly team when I started freelancing there more than 10 years ago. My daughter and Jack used to love to run around the office together while I met with Aria about my stories, and we always sought Kevin out to check out the cool things he kept on his desk. He made us all smile and remembered details about our lives that made me feel like he truly cared. We will miss him.

Submitted by Vanessa (not verified) on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 19:03.
A beautiful spirit

Kevin was always there to help, no matter how busy. He always stopped to chat and he loved life. We bonded over many things, being from NY, Deadheads, even the NY Dolls, whom we both loved. I saw him at all the best shows. The last time I ran into him, at Dylan a couple of weeks ago, I asked him out for a beer after the show. He was too busy, had to get back to his kid, but said we'd do it sometime soon. I'm gonna hold him to that. You are going to be missed, old buddy.

Submitted by jared Wolfsen (not verified) on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 19:15.
Always Positive

I met Kevin and worked with him a lot when he was going to school in graphics and used the LCC Mac Lab as his "office" prior to working at the weekly. He was a creative genius. He was such a positive, upbeat person. He had so much energy and was very generous with his time. What a great smile! He will be missed.
My heart goes out to his family.

Submitted by Roka Walsh (not verified) on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 19:32.
Never be the same

Kevin has been my co-coordinator at the Oregon Country Fair for years now; in fact he's done the pre-fair ad side of that job much longer than I have done the on-site stuff. And it was only because of Kevin that I was able to serve in that role from Portland, since he took care of all the paperwork. God(dess) bless that man for cheerfully and faithfully taking on the paperwork (!!!) and just being a damn fine human. I will miss you, Kevin. ~jenny newtson

Submitted by Jenny Newtson (not verified) on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 19:39.
Kevin

I've worked with Kevin at the Weekly for the past three years and miss him terribly. Today was the first day at the office without him and it was a sad, miserable day.

Kevin was the guy who hugged me and comforted me instead of getting mad when the Calendar came back with a million red corrections for him to make, he was good humored and laughed about my bad handwriting on proof sheets, and he patiently made last minute changes to news stories he'd already made a million changes to for me. He took me to lunch on my birthday, and brought me chocolate when I looked sad or tired, even if he himself was in the middle of a hectic day.

I could make a very long list of all the things that Kevin that show what a kind person he was. I can't believe I'm not going to see his funny smile tomorrow, peeking out from behind his computer.

Submitted by Camilla Mortensen on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 20:23.
Kevin...

Words can not describe how much we'll miss Kevin. This is so awful, so sad. We only knew you for such a short time but it seems like we've known you forever. Kind, considerate, helpful, enthusiastic, inspiring, lover of life and music and all things positive... Last time we saw you was backstage in the rain on Sunday at OCF... We will miss you, Kevin. Can't believe we will never see you again.

Submitted by Cory and Catska (not verified) on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 21:45.
Gone too soon

Kevin worked at KLCC for short time many years ago, and we all grew to love his sense of humor, work ethic, and delightful personality. He stayed in touch with many of us at KLCC, stopping by our booth at the Oregon Country Fair and helping us design ads to run in Eugene Weekly. Every interaction with him was positive and satisfying. His spirit will be missed in this community far and wide.

Submitted by Gayle Chisholm (not verified) on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 23:38.
Kevin

My heart goes out to Kevin's family and to the staff of EW for their great loss. Kevin was a wonderful man and my life is better for having known him.

<3

Submitted by Erin Lusk Landweber (not verified) on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 23:47.
Kevinator!!!

So sad. So sudden. I write this from a tropical island off the eastern coast of Malaysia, and tonight I will raise a frothy toast to the Man in an Ever-Changing Variety of Hawaiian Shirts. (OK, maybe not every day, but many! I sure noticed!) EW staffers, I feel your shock.

Love & hugs,
Chuck "Carlos" Adams

Submitted by Chuck (not verified) on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 00:52.
kev

oh, how i'll miss kevin. his laugh, his smile, most of all his friendship. he was devoted to the fair, doing much more than his job title - advertising coordinator. i don't know how we'll get along without him. i don't know how i'll get along without him. dance peacefully, my dear friend, and keep listening to the music.

normie

Submitted by norma sax (not verified) on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 04:20.
Too many to count.

I am so shocked and saddened by this. I will always remember His BIG LAUGH. His WARMTH. and most of all, His GENEROSITY. Kevin, my first boss after college took a huge chance on me, little me from Des Moines, Iowa. When I decided after a year in Oregon that it was time to move back to Iowa, he was so supportive. I'll never forget it--he helped me find a large luggage carrier for my car, hauled the unwieldy thing from where he'd found it, and attached it to my car. That's just the kind of person Kevin is. Too many to count, his acts of kindness.

My heart goes out to his children, his family. And for those who worked closely with Kevin, I am thinking of all of you, too.

Submitted by Katie Beckman-Leporte (not verified) on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 06:09.
Kevin

Kevin and I met when he took my publication design classes at LCC. Our friendship grew over the years as we were now colleagues — sharing books and ideas on design and technology. He graciously shared the process he used at the Weekly, giving me a personal tour, introducing me to the staff members and allowing me to spend some time in the Weekly office while on deadline. Whenever I saw him I was always greeted with a big smile. The memory of that bright spirit is what I'm going to hold on to. My heart goes out to his family and his friends. Kevin, I miss you.

Submitted by Dorothy Wearne (not verified) on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 08:41.
Kev

I feel very lucky to have known Kevin. The Oregon Country Fair media/marketing crew won't be the same without him. What a sweet, sweet human. I'll really miss seeing him around town in the red & black VW EW bus.

To Aria and all of his family and friends,I am so very sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you. I know he'll stay in your hearts forever.

Submitted by Monica Shovlin (not verified) on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 09:14.
In shock

I'll miss his smile.

Submitted by Carol (not verified) on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 10:25.
Although we never crossed

Although we never crossed paths he touched the life a dear friend of mine. may his loss be a reminder to live each day to the fullest.
may the four winds blow you safely home...

Submitted by harvo ( NY) (not verified) on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 11:21.
CORRECTED - Memories Then and Now

I first met Kevin back in the 70's when he was dating my sister Holly. He was one of the most down to earth, fun loving individual that I had ever met. Always kind and well spirited. Time went on and all our lives changed and I hadn't heard the name Kevin very often until this year from Holly. She was beaming, telling me all about the re-connection they had and how she was reunited with her one and only "REAL" true love. You would have to know Holly to understand the Beaming. She is much like Kevin in that way the both were Always happy and well spirited...Kevin then started speaking to me on face book, telling me how special Holly was ( as if i didn't know that already LOL ) Again, i was now dealing with another extremely happy individual. They both were equally overcome with joy and the feelings they had then and now and never stopped having for each other.
When I found out Kevin had passed, my heart sunk, for his children, his family and for Holly. Kevin will be missed by all those who knew and loved him..

I can’t begin to come close to describing how much he will missed.

A song for Kevin:

Lay down my dear brother, lay down and take your rest,
Won't you lay your head upon your savior's chest,
I love you all, but Jesus loves you the best
And we bid you
goodnight, goodnight, goodnight.

Submitted by Donna Zito-Kearney (not verified) on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 12:04.
My childhood friend

What can one say about a lifetime of memories gifted to me by such an amazingly beautiful soul?
I met Kevin in the 1st grade. Even at such a tender age, Kevin was full of love. This little fella, who would chase me home after school grew into the finest of people I have ever had the fortune to know. His smile could light up a room. His kindness and warmth were so unique. I will carry the memory of his love and kindness with me all the days of my life. We will all carry the memory of his love with us all the days of our lives.
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Submitted by Margot DeMilto (not verified) on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 12:14.
Can't possibly say enough ...

to let everyone know what Kevin meant to me, my family & the Weekly ... and the many things I've learned from that great man.

But I should mention some things that I will always be grateful for:

for giving the new kid in town a shot when it seemed like no one else would.

for making the Weekly a place that I enjoyed being for 7 years and change

for his sense of humor and patience on stressful weeks (I promise to carry on the tradition of the "MOO!")

for his willingness to always drop whatever he was doing to help you out

for instilling a good work ethic in me and this dept. it's important to get it all done but family always comes first.

for being a role model father for me before i ever had a kid of my own

for that amazing day me, you & fu spent hiking Mary's Peak

for your love of music and putting me on to artists I'd never heard

for being so open & all the stories you shared about yourself and your life

for being a positive and encouraging force in my life. if there was anything I was feeling insecure and doubtful about, you were always quick to let me know there's nothing I can't handle but if I needed help you were there.

for the artwork you created. it always inspired me to do more.

Here is a photo of his Ken Kesey shadow box that Suzi mentions:
Ken Kesey shadow box by Kevin Dougherty

We love ya man and miss you like crazy. It's funny that one of the last conversations we had about music was about his "funk jam of the summer". Cause I know now that you are on your fantastic voyage.

Submitted by Todd Cooper on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 12:39.
Kevin was a great man, I

Kevin was a great man, I knew him for a very short time but I know his daughter and family very well. He was a fantastic father and will be missed dearly by many in the community. There is no doubt in my mind that he was a shining star and has merely been reclaimed to the sky to watch down on us all. Kevin I hope that you are safe and well up there. You will be missed dearly but always remembered.

Nick.

Submitted by Nick Hadley (not verified) on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 13:41.
Living art

My deepest condolences to Aria, Jack, the Weekly crew and Kevin's other loved ones. This loss is such a shock. It reminds me to celebrate art, and to use it to inspire the local community, as Kevin did.

I can relate to Camilla's testimony to his patience: In my years at the Weekly, Kevin was gracious about all those last-minute changes and red marks that should have driven him up the wall. Riding my bike home after work, I'd admire the evolving gallery of original art in the glass display in front of Kevin's house, where even the vintage EW van seemed like an art installation.

Eugene has lost a piece of its creative soul. Kevin will be deeply missed.

Submitted by Kera (not verified) on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 13:46.
K.

Kev-

Wish there was more time old friend.
So much more to say.

Submitted by Wade Long (not verified) on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 21:57.
kevin dougherty

Saturday morning at the Eugene Weekly office, reading these blogs. I can't seem to stop crying but I know Kev would want us to move on and be happy. I'll try to touch on what I'm grateful to him for:

Nicknaming me "G". Geneva is really too long and unwieldy.

The song he used to sing to me "Geneva, Geneva, rhymes with Setiva" it always brought a smile to my face and many laughs.

The kisses he bestowed on his "older" women friends. Kisses right on the mouth. How many men friends do you know who will do that? and then the hug that told you he loved you.

the times I needed to talk and I'd just walk back to his desk and say "Kev, could we go out back for a few minutes" Many's the time we cried together over sorrows, both his and mine.

The great laughs we had, particularly in production. One of the last was the crazy discussion about staff getting Snuggies for uniforms. the new "designer" ones, or maybe a red box on the front with Peter DeFazio on the cover page. See, I told you it was crazy. Always able to laugh.

We love you, Kevin. No words can express how much you will be missed.

Submitted by geneva Miller (not verified) on Sat, 10/24/2009 - 11:11.
Kevin Dougherty Re: [OCFdiscuss] fwd: fair thee well

I'm still in disbelief. I've had the privilege of working with Kevin, when he helped out with the Fair Family News, the membership newsletter for the Country Fair. He put his graphics talent to service ensuring that our photos were ready for the printer.

Kevin had a gentle spirit, was always quick with a hug, and could really cut the rug when the music started going. I will mis him, and my heart goes out to his family. I think we have all suffered a great loss.

Submitted by Joseph Newton (not verified) on Sat, 10/24/2009 - 13:53.
kevin

kevin was a volunteer co-worker for several seasons at Culture Jam, he was a calming presence in the kitchen and always kind and gracious. He was a generous host at Camp Fiddlesticks at the OCF, an enthusiastic friend to all, and a wonderful dad.

Submitted by frederico gordon (not verified) on Sun, 10/25/2009 - 17:03.
Missing Kevin

My heart goes out to all of Kevin's children, family, Eugene-Weekly co-workers, and wide circle of friends. I still am in disbelief that he is no longer on this plane of reality with all of us. I've worked (and played) with Kevin through our connection at the Oregon Country Fair. We have been on the OCF poster committee together for I don't know how long, and it was always such a pleasure to spend time with him. A sweet memory I'll carry with me from this last fair is dancing across main stage from each other, and blowing kisses over the dancing music. He was such a peach! We will miss you so much!

Submitted by Patti Lomont (not verified) on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 11:37.
My Old Friend...I will miss you....

I am still in shock and in float mode. Kevin and I met in Graphic Design Class in 93. We were in the program together and spent a lot of time together learning the world of Macintosh. The laughs and great times were too numerous to count. He always had me as his guest at Faire and I have many memories of Camp Fiddlestix and our entourage, Kevin was "Camp Counselor" (as usual). He loved his children dearly and was glad to be his friend as I watched them grow up, we were both single Dad's and had a lot in common. My heart goes out to his children and family. I very warm and generous human being.
I will meet you in the next world my friend....

Submitted by Michael Alferes (not verified) on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 14:32.
Please remember that your

Please remember that your dad was always proud of you and loved you very much!

Submitted by Christine Beneda (not verified) on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 15:48.
My heart breaks

I am still in shock and disbelief that such a kind generous soul has left us. Kevin and I met at LCC in the Graphic Design program. He and Michael and I gravitated together and shared a lot of laughs. Although I have not spent much time with him in the last few years, I will always cherish the camping at OCF experience he gave to my family. I will forever value my nickname "KimChee". Mine for him, "Neon". My world is so very sad today. His love for his children came through in every conversation we had. Always excited/proud about the journeys they were on. How fortunate that he had such a great summer traveling with the kids and enjoying music. I saw him more this summer than I had in many years. I admired Kevin from the first time I met him. He possessed honest and noble values. He was kind to everyone he met, always an encouraging word or a good laugh. I love you Kevin. I will miss your hugs and kisses. I can only hope that we will meet up with the music greats that have passed and the music will play on, and we will dance.

Submitted by Kim Mast (not verified) on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 16:44.
Kevin - a man of magic

To me Kevin was a man of magic.

I first met Kevin when he, Jayne, Daniel and new born Sarah moved in next door on High St. Something about the energy of the whole family told me these are people I wanted to know.

Later I told Kevin about this board game idea I wanted to develope and he said he had just started a graphic design company: Dawg Eat Dawg Graphics. I didn't even know what a graphic designer was or the fact that I needed one.
To me it was magic that at the exact same time I needed a designer Kevin had just invested all his money in the latest computer and graphic design programs.

A few years ago, I had to move out of my very cheap apartment but was going to have trouble affording a new one.
Kevin and his magic were there again. Kevin had moved into a huge apartment for he and his kids but now Sarah and Dan were out on there own.
Kevin had an extra room for me to move into.
Thank you, Kevin. I will miss you. chris.

Submitted by Chris Pender (not verified) on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 10:21.
Kevin, my teacher

Knowing Kevin since I was old enough to remember such things, my mother working with him at EW, he was always kind to me. Kevin would talk with me, and although i was very shy i could somehow trust his outgoingness and would always come down to production to play with the many odd things on his desk. Later on this year he taught me painting techniques, being an amazing painter himself. His ideas made me inspired, and I will always be grateful to him for it. I love you Kevin, thank you so much for all you have done in this world, I will never forget you.

Submitted by Celene Eldritch (not verified) on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 15:51.
Kevin

I met Kevin a few years ago when he became a regular at a cafe I ran. He always ordered a chef salad, no olives, followed by a tropical nirvana smoothie. We bonded by our love for music and were soon attending many concerts together. He seemed to know everyone and always made time to talk with people. Such a gentle caring soul he was.
Last month when my mother in law was visiting he came over for dinner. She had taken hundreds of pictures while on vacation. He cheerfully looked at every picture she had taken and gave her great encouragement on them. He connected with people immediately. The last time I saw Kevin he came for dinner before the Dylan concert. Marcia made his favorite, chef salad, no olives. I truly will miss my friend. I wish I had more time to have known him better.
Norman

Submitted by Norman Lent (not verified) on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 12:35.
Farewell my friend

"But, oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearless on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely.

Oh, the comfort- the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person- having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."

As an artist, Kevin was unpretentious and unassuming. He was very easy to talk with. He shared knowledge as well as technique and always was enthusiastic and encouraging on my little projects. He was a good listener. No matter what craziness or extreme view flew out of my mouth he would just grin like the Cheshire cat and nod his head, occasionally he would just chuckle. His eyes sparkled with warmth.

Kevin was grounded by his love for his children (always his topic of choice), he was kind, he was gentle, he was extraordinary.......I was blessed to have spent some time with him.

Marcia

Submitted by Marcia Lent (not verified) on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 13:04.
Kevin!

"You're such a shooting star, that's what you are....", but we didn't know you would be here with us for such a short time. You burned brightly, loved deeply, and shared that bright light with all who chose to see and feel it. Missing you already. Seize the day~ and thanks for the love.

Submitted by kathee (not verified) on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 08:38.
Kevin

I can't believe it. What a shock. I can honestly say that Kevin was the nicest person I have ever met. When I started as the manager at the Bijou I didn't know what I was doing, and Kevin patiently taught me how to make the Bijou calendar insert. Every time I saw him after that, he remembered my name, looked me kindly in the eye, and actually cared about how I was doing. That so rarely happens in this life. What a treasure. He will be sorely missed, but we all are better for having known him. If I can treat people just a tenth of the time the way Kevin treated me, I'll make the world a better place.

Submitted by Louise Thomas (not verified) on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 11:17.
Kevin

You are a good brother - kind to all. You are my friend and you were a friend to many in your life here with us. You helped people when they needed it most. Always you were there with a kind word and a bright smile and made others smile. We wish you well on your journey. You passed the Test.

Submitted by Bruce Young (not verified) on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 14:21.
Graphic Designer Friend

Wow, I'm in shock. I met Kevin when he went to LCC's Graphic Design program. The Eugene Weekly was a perfect fit for him. He loved working there. Every time I'd open the Weekly first thing I'd check was to see if he was still Art Director/Production Manager. It always warmed my heart seeing his name listed in the EW Cast of Characters.

You'll be missed by many Kevin.

Submitted by Danita Reynolds (not verified) on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 17:09.
thank you Kevin

First, I want to thank the Weekly for the beautiful cover today and the article about Kevin. You did him proud..what a difficult week it must have been for all of you to put that paper out without him. I am so sorry for your personal and professional loss. I worked with Kevin for many years on the poster committee for the Oregon Country Fair, and looked forward to starting the process this year. I also don't know how to begin the process with out him. To his family and close friends I am truly sorry for your loss and hope that his spirit remains strong in your hearts. What a wonderful human he was..what we should all aspire to be. Dear Kevin,we should of had more of you...but we are most grateful for the time we spent. Missing you.

Submitted by Jeanne Sharpy (not verified) on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 20:52.
Kevin, You will be

Kevin,
You will be remembered and missed, always.
-Simon

Submitted by Simon Kemp (not verified) on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 21:52.
may the four winds

Kevin - you were and always will be what is best and what i miss most about Eugene. With love, dear friend. The fair, like so many things, will never be the same again.

Submitted by Melissa Roy-Hart (not verified) on Fri, 10/30/2009 - 10:53.
From the very beginning of

From the very beginning of my time at Eugene Weekly, Kevin was part of a lively, vibrant family that had me engaged and excited about coming to work. I have so many great memories of him.

My father told me last night over the phone, told me what had happened and told me about the beautiful celebration of life that took place at the WOW Hall. I wish I could have been there, but instead, I am hundreds of miles away in Austin, Texas - and I can still conjure up his goofy, encouraging grin.

Kevin was a patient, kind, wonderful soul who will be deeply missed.

Submitted by Olivia Pepper (not verified) on Sat, 10/31/2009 - 05:20.
Kevin Dougherty

My heartfelt thanks go out to all who have written such wonderful comments about my brother, Kevin,and how he touched their lives. My family and I are so grateful to the Oregon Weekly and the Country Fair staff who worked so hard to organize his memorial and Celebration of Life. I know Kevin was there with us, singing and dancing to his favorite music. So many people approached my sister and I and shared their stories of Kevin. I am proud to be his sister. I understand why he embraced life in the community of Eugene. The people there are just as beautiful as the surrounding countryside. Thank you again. Christine

Submitted by Christine (not verified) on Sun, 11/01/2009 - 22:37.
Kevin

Kevin:
Thank you. You are one of the very, very few that has never said an unkind word about anyone in my presence--ever. I wish your family peace, knowing that your gentle soul is waiting for them.

Submitted by Frank Sharpy (not verified) on Wed, 11/04/2009 - 09:17.
Sail on brother, play on drummer

I believe our lives are measured not in time but by the people we spend that time with. Kevin was my first "best friend". We grew up on the same block in Astoria, Queens. So everyone in Eugene knows, he had that same devilish smile way back then as well. As long as I can remember Kevin was always the wild card. I remember one time we were playing a game we called ling a lerio(team oriented hide and go seek)at which Kevin was a champion. He was always the last to be found. You got the feeling that the only reason he got caught was that he was tired of waiting around. One day we found out why Kevin was so good. While the rest of us(by now both teams had to try and find him) were out there searching the alleys, basements and garbage cans(oh yes he did)we found out that Kevin was at home watching TV and having a good ol time laughing at the rest of us. He was always up to something or putting someone else up to something. The magic about Kevin was that we pretty much put up with or followed along with just about everything he came up with. He was the real life Artful Dodger. Kevin also gave me the nickname of "melon" because of my oversized cranium. At first I hated the name because everyone else used it to make fun of me. Kevin on the other hand used it how a big brother would bust on his little brother. As the years passed and I grew into my skull (kinda sorta)it was shortened to Mel. It kind of gave me an instant identity. Everyone knew who Mel was but if you said my real name (John)most people would say, who? As I started out saying the people we spend time with are the real measures of our lifes. My childhoods funniest, most outrageous moments had one uncommon person in almost all of them. His name is Kevin Dougherty and I will always remember him. Kev say hi to Jerry for me, Thanks for all the great times , Mel

Submitted by Mel (not verified) on Wed, 11/04/2009 - 10:58.
Thank you Kevin

I just heard the news. Kevin, I've always meant to write you and thank you for the amazingly positive start you gave to my career. Though I've traveled far from Eugene I will remember with fondness the Chow covers, designing ads in Quark on the old iMacs, the wax machine, the stack of well-played CDs that never changed, and all the friendly faces around the office. Your art department set the standard for all art departments I have worked in since. Thank you for being such a memorable and encouraging first boss. You are missed.

Submitted by Jenna (not verified) on Thu, 11/05/2009 - 09:22.
Our condolences to Kevin's family

We never met Kevin but clearly he was a wonderful person who lived a very full life and was much admired and loved by his family, friends and colleagues. We will keep him in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincere condolences to his family.

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