Hurricane Katrina

Donald Doherty, 81, Pass Christian

Donald Doherty was a special father, grandfather and friend.

"He loved his family, and he and my mother (Shirley) always loved their cocker spaniels," said his daughter, Karen Doherty Collier, of Wisconsin. "He enjoyed playing bridge with my mom."

The 81-year-old Doherty moved to Pass Christian because of the beach and warm weather in 1993 after he retired from the insurance business in Wisconsin.

"When he retired, he and my mom put everything in storage and traveled for two years before settling in Pass Christian. My dad never met a stranger, he was a special man," Collier said.

Donald's other daughter, Kathe Sauer, also of Wisconsin, said the past few years had been tough for him.

"In June he had to put down his cocker spaniel, Megan, and that got to him. Two years ago, mom passed away and then Megan, that really got to him.

"There's so much about my dad that we will miss and we love him. But he loved it down there and was happy."