WINCHESTER, Mass. — The Winchester native who died in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last week was laid to rest Wednesday.
Glen Doherty, 42, was a former U.S. Navy SEAL who was working as a private security contractor at the consulate in Benghazi when he and three other Americans were killed.
People lined the streets of Winchester well before the Wednesday morning funeral service at St. Eulalia Church. Winchester resident Annette Carroll was one of them.
“I watched what happened on TV and like all Americans we were horrified,” she said. “I just felt that we should do something, and I’m very moved to be here.”
Michael Gelinas, of Lancaster, stood outside the church holding a Navy SEAL flag to honor Doherty.
“He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country so I think I owe it to him,” he said. “I think it would be a good thing for the family to see it coming in.”
The Rev. James Savage, Doherty’s boyhood parish priest, presided over the funeral. He said Doherty felt passionate about respecting people from all cultures and faiths.
“How ironic that Glen, who was an advisory board member of a group which sought to promote religious tolerance, would become the victim of a war of religious extremists,” Savage said.
Doherty’s older brother, Greg, received a standing ovation after his eulogy.
He talked of his brother’s 17 years spent on special operations missions — the first 10 as a Navy SEAL, the last seven on special private security details.
On that final mission, Glen Doherty rescued 30 people from the U.S. consulate in Libya, getting them to a safe house. He died defending that house.
“He died protecting people because he believed in humanity,” Greg Doherty said. “He cherished life enough to want to pay it back.”
As the funeral ended, Doherty’s mother was given a folded American flag. She was also given a wooden plank in which Navy SEALs who served with Doherty had pounded their prized Trident pins, given to them on becoming members of the elite force.
Listen: Eulogy for Glen Doherty, delivered by his younger brother, Greg Doherty, at St. Eulalia’s Parish in Winchester.