Dougherty Stone Masonry was founded by Rob Dougherty, a retired firefighter Captain from the town of Renfrew. With a highly successful 25+ year career in the masonry trade, Rob built a reputation for Dougherty Stone Masonry as a premier stone restoration family run business. Rob is now enjoying retirement on the banks of the Madawaska River in Burnstown near Calabogie, Ontario with his wife Pam. Rob enjoys boating and fishing with his grandchildren on weekends, as well as bee-keeping and producing maple syrup with his family.
Dougherty Stone Masonry is now owned and operated by nephew, and longtime Dougherty stone mason, Lance Dougherty.
Lance began his career in masonry in 2005 straight out of high school by completing the Masonry – Heritage and Traditional, Ontario College Certificate at Algonquin College, Perth Campus. Upon completion of his trades certificate in 2006, Lance sought opportunity out West, first in Grand Prarie, Alberta working commercial jobs, Fort McMurray working industrial jobs, and six years of working as a mason all over western Canada. The highlight of Lance’s time working out West was on the Vancouver Olympic Village in 2010, as well on the Stanley Park Seawall Vancouver, British Columbia. It was in Vancouver that Lance met his wife, Quinn, and in 2012, they decided to make the move back to the Ottawa Valley to settle down and grow some roots. Lance joined Dougherty Stone Masonry as a mason in 2012, and has successfully worked on a multitude of projects alongside Rob for the past 8 years. Lance and Quinn now live in Braeside with the next generation of Dougherty’s, Avery and John. Upon taking ownership of Dougherty Stone Masonry in 2020, Lance is excited to continue the legacy of Dougherty Stone Masonry as a reputable business in high demand throughout the Ottawa Valley.
The Skills and Hardwork of Dougherty Stone Masonry haven’t gone unnoticed, as in 2010-2011 Rob was awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence in Architectural Conservation for their work on the Van Barr owned Captain Fraser House in Kinburn, a historical site that was refurbished in accordance with Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. Dougherty Stone Masonry has also had the distinct pleasure of restoring such historical sites as the James Naismith House in Almonte, where they worked on both interior and exterior limestone and mortar repairs. Other major projects throughout Ottawa and Valley include the St. Michael’s Church in Douglas and St. Puis Church in Osceola.
Proud of the Dougherty Irish heritage, Dougherty Stone Masonry is founded on the belief that history needs to be remembered and more importantly preserved, and to honour those who came before us, we must maintain what they worked so hard to build.