SOUTH PORTLAND — John P. Doody, 70, of South Portland, died Mar. 3 at the Kennebunk Center for Health and Rehabilitation.

He was born July 12, 1944, in Portland to Edmund and Elsie (Rohan) Doody.

John grew up in Scarborough and graduated in 1962 from Scarborough High School, where he was class president and played baseball and basketball. After graduating, Doody attended college briefly before enlisting in 1966 in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1968, he was sent to war in Vietnam.

After serving his country, Doody returned home and began a career as a commercial fisherman, like many members of his family. He went on to become a well-respected captain and boat owner in both Portland and New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Doody was known as a generous man who would always help out a person in need. He also was an avid sports fan, and served as a licensed boxing judge. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and followed all of their activities.

He was predeceased by his wife, Norma (Morancy) Doody; his parents; his brother, Edward Doody; his sister, Denise (Doody) Manley; and his brother, Ronald Doody. 

He is survived by his brother, George and wife, Judy, of Saco; a son, Sean, wife Robin and their children, Maegan and Regan Lily, of Lee, New Hampshire; a son, Ned and wife, Viviana, of Rye, New Hampshire; his nephew and first mate for many years, Fred Doody, of Scarborough; and many other nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Cornerstone VNA, Hospice of Southern Maine and the Kennebunk Center for Health and Rehabilitation for the care they provided.

Visitation was held March 6 at Hobbs Funeral Home, in South Portland, and a funeral followed on March 7 at Holy Cross Church.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may support John’s son, Sean Doody, in the Pan Mass Challenge, a charity bike ride for the Dana Farber Cancer Center, at

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