PITTSFIELD – John P. Dow, M.D., passed away peacefully Oct. 11, 2009, with his family by his side, at his home. He was born Aug. 13, 1934, to Leroy and Margaret Stoddard Dow. He graduated from Foxcroft Academy, Bowdoin College and Harvard Medical School. He did his internship and residency at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Conn. J.P. awoke every morning of his life whistling, singing and telling jokes as he left the house for the work he loved at Sebasticook Valley Hospital and in his family practice office. He loved his family, he was challenged by computer programming, he relaxed with his guitar and the piano, he had fun fishing and had great fun planning the trips with his “fishing buddies,” but his real passion was for his medical family practice, which he had in Pittsfield from 1963 until he retired due to ill health in 1999. For Jay, the practice of medicine and the care of his patients were not work but “a calling.” He lived and breathed medicine and his patients’ needs day and night, sitting most evenings calling patients, just to see how they were feeling. He respected everyone, the caregivers and those who needed the care. He always said that nurses were the nicest people he knew. “I have done my best to make life easier for people and it has been a very rewarding career.” He was a member of Aesculapian Club of Boston and Maine Medical Society and as such was a member of the legislative committee; a life member of the American Association of Family Practice and a past president of the Maine Chapter, and past president of Pittsfield Kiwanis Club. He served on the SAD 53 School Board, Pittsfield Town Council and Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Committee. He was chief of staff of Sebasticook Valley Hospital for 13 years, was SAD 53’s school doctor for 15 years and was the Maine Central Institute physician for 10 years. In 2000 he, Dr. Thomas Pierce, and Dr. John Crane started the Hartland Free Clinic. In 1963 he was responsible for starting Somerset and Maine Medical Association, utilization review process for medicine. He was a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He was awarded Pittsfield Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, Mary Chandler Lowell Award from Foxcroft Academy and the President’s Award of the Maine Medical Association in 1982. He was a member of the Congregational church and Pittsfield Masonic Lodge, Meridian No. 125, AF & AM. He is survived by his wife and lifelong partner, Louise Thomas Dow; his four sons, John Thomas Dow and his partner, Bonnie Blohm, and their children, Cameron Dow, Luka Dow, Tessa Dow, Alex Blohm, Eric Blohm and Julian Blohm; Michael Prescott Dow and his wife, Katherine, and their daughters, Natalie Dow and Audrey Dow; William Lincoln Dow and his wife, Jill, and their children, Oscar Tillson Dow and Daisy Dow; and David Stoddard Dow and his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Ryker; his sisters-in-law, Beryl Dow and Irene Dow; his brothers-in-law, Virgil Warren and Robert Thomas and his wife, Sandra; a special nephew, Malcolm Dow and his wife, Georganne; and by many other close, wonderful nephews and nieces. He loved his family and will be missed by all. Jay was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Malcolm Dow, Alfred Dow and Russell Dow; and by his sister, Dorothy Dow Warren. The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Ave., Pittsfield, where a celebration of life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Interment will be afterward at Village Cemetery, Peltoma Avenue, Pittsfield. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sebasticook Valley Hospital, 447 North Main St., Pittsfield, ME 04967. Care for the Dow family has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home. To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.