James R. Doherty Jr., packaging firm owner

James R. Doherty Jr.
James R. Doherty Jr.
Posted: August 17, 2013

James R. Doherty Jr., 76, of Moorestown, owner and chief executive since 1991 of Weber Display & Packaging in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, of heart failure at home.

Raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Doherty graduated in 1955 from Collingswood High School, where he was a center on the varsity football team for three years, his son, James R. III, said.

While in high school, he worked as a clerk at a Food Fair store in Runnemede, where his father, James R. Sr., was the manager.

Mr. Doherty then worked day jobs as a salesman for a food distributor while taking night classes at Temple University, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1965 and an MBA there in 1969.

After becoming a sales manager for the Gloucester City office of Westvaco, a successor to the West Virginia Pulp & Paper Co., Mr. Doherty in the 1970s opened Premier Packaging, a manufacturer of pharmaceutical containers in Cherry Hill.

A year after he bought Weber Display, which his son said traces its origins to 1893, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce named him its 1992 Manufacturer of the Year.

A collector of historical artifacts, Mr. Doherty founded the South Jersey chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and was its president in 1976.

The Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum named him its Old Time Barnegat Bay Decoy Collector of the Year in 1995, his son said.

Besides his son, Mr. Doherty is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia; a daughter, Barbara Zambon; a brother; a sister; and five grandchildren.

A life celebration was set from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Snover/Givnish Funeral Home, 1200 Route 130 N., Cinnaminson, before a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass on Tuesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 43 W. Main St., Moorestown.

Donations may be made to www.philabundance.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.snovergivnish.com.


Contact Walter F. Naedele at 610-313-8134, wnaedele@phillynews.com or on Twitter @WNaedele.

 

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