John S. Dore


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Hampstead NH - John S. Dore, 60, of Hampstead, NH and previously from Methuen, MA, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019, after a long battle with leukemia, at Tufts Medical Center, with his wife and children by his side. Born in Methuen, MA, he was the beloved son of the late Wilfrid and Doris Dore.
John was a software engineering manager for many years at Digital, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard until his retirement. He later went on to a second career as a physical education and computer teacher jobs which he said truly filled his soul. Outside of spending time with his family, John's true love was Aikido. John was the owner and chief instructor of Methuen Aikido and Ki Rei Shinkan Aikido. In 2015, John earned the rank of Go Dan, 5th degree black belt from Hombu Dojo in Japan.
He truly enjoyed chatting and making and sharing memories with his wife and four children. He loved showing his son Nick new Aikido moves to effortlessly bring someone to their knees, sharing breakfasts and lunches with his sons Paul and Jay, jamming on the guitar or piano with his daughter Danielle, and drawing and playing with Legos with his grandsons. He adored spending time with his three brothers by choice, Chuck, David, and Doug, while they had intense conversations, played Cribbage and Go, or fixed yard equipment. John looked forward to getting together with his "Nashua Cousins,"playing cards, and laughing until it hurt while they all reminisced about the joys of growing up together.
John was also an artist and a musician, and he enjoyed archery and the art of Iaido. His art can be found hanging in friends' homes, imprinted on his grandson's shirts, and created on notes that he wrote daily to his wife Patti.
He is survived by his wife of forty years, Patti Dore; sons Nicholas Dore and his wife Suzette, James Dore and his fiancé Marissa, Paul Dore; his daughter Danielle Dore and her partner Alfonso. He was the very proud Pépère to Nicholas, Evan, and Talen. John also left behind many cherished family members including Tammy and Chuck Wilson, Doug and Joan Therrien, Pam and David Mesquita, nieces and nephews and many longtime friends.
John's family would like to thank his bone marrow transplant donor, Allen. Allen's selfless gift gave John four wonderful years of life to make treasured memories with his family to carry them on when he was gone. The family also wants to thank Dr. Kellie Sprague and her terrific team at Tufts Clinic, North 8, Neeley Infusion Center, and the team in the Tufts Medical ICU. John had the best care and was treated with respect and love by everyone involved. His family could not have asked for better care than what he received.
In lieu of flowers or any other gifts, the family requests that donations be made in John's memory to the Millett Yellow Rose Fund and sent to Dr. Kellie Sprague, Tufts Medical Center, Box 245, 800 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111. This fund was set up by two families who had loved ones who were patients of Dr. Kellie Sprague. One hundred percent of the fund helps bone marrow transplant patients who can't afford treatment. John always believed in giving back, and his wish when he was gone was to help others who were transplant recipients.

All are invited to attend John's Memorial Mass on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. in St. Michael's Church, 196 Main St., North Andover, Mass. To leave an online condolence or for more infomation, please go to
Published on May 15, 2019
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Anne Dore
May 16, 2019
My heart hurts. We never knew when Time would begin The Call. The first of us has head out, and I feel alone.

I still see your face, Cousin, the day you got married, and in a picture of you at the beach. How Young. I celebrate the joy and love that you packed into the days of your life here with us. I celebrate your sorrows as evidence of the depth of the experience of your chosen path in this life. None of us is perfect, and none of us is expected to be while standing in the light of someone else’s shining candle. Love you did with abandon. Love you radiated from inside your Self. Love I felt from you each time we connected. You came here to Love and you held nothing back in that. Well
... done, John. Well done.

I trust that our bonds will allow you to be there for me when it is my Time to be Called. In the meantime may Love preserve me from missing your peaceful presence in this tumultuous world.

As you have often wished me, I wish those you have left behind whose heart also ache:

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May 15, 2019
What an awesome cousin-in-law. Words diminish describing Cousin John. Happy to know him and his contribution to Anne and my life.
scott ouellette
May 15, 2019
Love and condolences to the Dore family. John Sensei introduced me to Aikido and Archery. A lot of great times were had with great people.. He will always be in my memory as such a kind and wise mentor.
May 15, 2019
God only takes the best and John was the BEST!
Deepest sympathy for the family. I am sure he will remain in your hearts forever. Your family has a special part of mine that I cherish.
Love and comfort 💕