John Edwin Dority


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Augusta - The family of John Edwin Dority lost their greatest advocate and broadest set of shoulders when he passed away peacefully on August 5, 2019.
He was born in Augusta, Maine on December 27, 1936 to Lucy (Stuart) and John Wesley Dority, who predeceased him. He joined his sister Elinor (Blake) who really wanted a pony instead.
He was a graduate of Cony High School and the University of Maine with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was hired by the MaineDOT and worked in various capacities for the next 53 years, retiring from the position of Chief Engineer. He was very proud of the fact that there was a Dority working in MaineDOT for more than 100 years. He was also extremely proud that the training facility in Fairfield was named after him. The MaineDOT was interconnected with his personal life as his father and grandfather both worked for the Maine Highway Commission later to become MaineDOT. John also met his first wife while working as a Resident Engineer in Damariscotta. Ann (Hall) Dority agreed to be his wife in 1963, and they were partners and friends until her death in 2008. John and Ann had three daughters, Johnna Doucet (Rob), Amanda Beckwith (Ed) and Dianna Dority. Three grandchildren, Daniel Doucet (Jody), Allyson Dority-Mercier, and James Beckwith.
He was lucky enough to get a second chance at love when he met and married Bonnie (Michaud) Dority in 2011. At that point, he welcomed, Jennifer Michaud and Sam Michaud into the family along with additional grandchildren, Cheyanne and Chace McNally, Mason, Maddox and Colby Michaud. After retirement, John was appointed to the Maine Turnpike Authority Board of Directors. John was active as a board member right until the end.
He loved to ATV, fish and in earlier years hunt. His family grounded him from snowmobiling after having one too many close calls. His love of the State of Maine, and its infrastructure was only eclipsed by his love for his family.
Visiting will be held on Friday August 9 from 4 to 8 pm at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta. A celebration of life will be held at 10am on Saturday at the South Parish Congregational Church UCC, 9 Church St, Augusta. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Damariscotta.
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Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 51 Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074-7134.
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Published on August 6, 2019
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Frank Valentino, Jennie, Maaon, Maddux and Colby
Aug 09, 2019
God gained another Angel. John was a pleasure to know, a walking Encyclopedia. He knew so mich and was a pleasure to talk with! He will be Truly missed. God Bless
Joe Tedford
Aug 07, 2019
Sorry for your loss. John will always be the remembered as an icon here at MaineDOT.
John Stanley
Aug 06, 2019
I had the pleasure and privilege of working with John at MDOT for over twenty years. Watching him manage MDOT's in-the-field responses to emergencies like the Flood of '87 and the Ice Storm of '98 were experiences one never forgets. No one was more dedicated and committed to Maine's highways, bridges and the people who used them. His legacy will be part of the Department's history for decades to come. And he'll be long-remembered to those of us who had the good fortune to also call him a friend. Rest in peace, J.D.
Aug 06, 2019