Peter J.'s Story
Peter John Dodier, 55, passed away suddenly on March 12, 2017. Born on May 12, 1961, Peter was the son of Lorraine C. Dodier of Amesbury, and of the late George R. Dodier Sr. He resided in Amesbury with his wife, Joanna (Puorro) Dodier, a second grade teacher in the Cashman School, and his two children, Cameron Thomas Dodier and Sage Michelle Dodier.
Growing up in Amesbury, Peter preferred to be outdoors, riding his bike or dirt bike and going to the park to play capture the flag. He was a dedicated and disciplined athlete, playing hockey, football, and, his true passion, baseball. His career as an athlete began in Amesbury’s youth programs and continued at Amesbury High School, Bridgton Academy, and Nichols College.
Throughout his youth, Peter worked diligently to improve his skill and knowledge of the sports he played. He respected his coaches and took into account what they had to say. He would often rely on his older brother, George, and his brother-in-law, Tom, to help him train for the season and adapt to whatever his coaches expected from him. Peter would often joke with Tom about how he “would kick his butt” when working with him, but Peter didn’t mind. In the end, Peter enjoyed the fruits of his hard work and dedication as he turned out to be a standout athlete with a whole lot of heart and passion. He led his team by example, never giving up, despite the adversity that the teams might have experienced.
Peter’s tremendous work ethic and dedication filtered into his college life at Nichols both as a student and as an athlete. He would spend many hours in the library, studying. He even had a key to the Nichols’ library because he stayed longer than the librarian. Continuing his athletic career, Peter played football and baseball where, in 1994, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for both football and baseball. Upon graduating cum laude from Nichols, Peter secured a job in the ocean shipping industry in Baltimore. He continued in this line of work until his passing.
Peter was a dedicated family man who was proud and supportive of the endeavors of both his wife and children. He loved coaching Cam and Sage’s teams which led him to become more involved in the Amesbury Little League, Amesbury Youth Softball League, Amesbury Youth Hockey program, the Seacoast Lightning Girls Ice hockey program and coached several baseball, softball and hockey traveling teams on which his children played. His enthusiasm and love of the game, no matter what sport, became an inspiration to many young athletes. They appreciated his patience and expertise as their coach. As manager, coach, director and treasurer of Amesbury’s Little League, Peter dedicated many hours to improve the program and the fields on which they played. One of his greatest memories was coaching the Amesbury Williamsport All-Star baseball team. In 2014, Amesbury Little League honored Peter with the George C. Knight Memorial Award for long-time meritorious work.
Peter is survived by his loving wife, Joanna Dodier of Amesbury; children, Cameron Thomas Dodier and Sage Michelle Dodier; his mother, Lorraine C. Dodier of Amesbury; his siblings, Maureen Boody and her husband, Thomas of Amesbury, George Dodier Jr. and his wife, Michelle of Amesbury, Susan Grena of Belleville, N.J., and Marla Miller and her husband, Robert of Newton, N.H.; as well as several nephews and nieces who will miss their ”U P."
Upon request of the family, there will be no visiting hours. Peter’s funeral services will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Holy Family Church in Amesbury followed by a gathering in the parish hall. Burial will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Peter’s name to the Amesbury Little League, P. O. Box 104, Amesbury, MA 01913. Arrangements are by the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home in Amesbury.