Peter Franklin Doe

5 September, 195516 September, 2020

Peter F. Doe, 65, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine. Born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, on September 5, 1955. He was the son of the late Arthur and Florence (Kavanaugh) Doe. Peter was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many especially those in the Maine photography community.

Peter graduated from Bonny Eagle High School in Standish, Maine, in 1973, where he was active with Photography Club, which became his passion. He received his degree in Studio Photography in 1977 from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. A long-time resident of Portland, Peter was the owner of Photo Market which recently celebrated 35 years in operation. Peter grew the shop with his love of cameras and working with people into the eclectic much loved photo shop it is today. He was also very passionate in supporting the Buy Local movement here in Portland, Maine.

Peter was immensely loved and will be forever missed by his daughter, Rachel Doe and her husband Oliver Bradeen, and grandson Finneas Bradeen; four brothers, Charles and wife Sally of Holden, MA, Robert of Newcastle, ME, David and wife Susan of Charlton, MA, and Daniel and wife Julie of North Andover, MA; three sisters, Diane Doe of Hanover, NH, Marilyn Doe of Denmark, ME, and Grace Holihan of Hampton, NH; his former spouse, Nancy Benner, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Peter will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

There will be a private celebration of Peter’s life with family and close friends. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Peter’s Book of Memories Page on Advantage Funeral Home’s website.

Donations in Peter’s memory may be made to The Bakery Photo Collective 630 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101, The Portland Maine Kiwanis Club, North Light Home Care & Hospice, PO Box 679, Portland, ME 04104 or to Maine Cancer Foundation, 170 US Rte 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105.


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Robert Goldman

19 January 2021

I’m sad to hear of Peter’s passing. I just drove by his store and was shocked to see it closed. Peter was a photography master and such a unique individual. I appreciated our conversations, both at his shop, where he was always busy with something, and when we bumped into each other at the post office. Peter was a good person and I’ll miss him.

Thomas Marino

5 December 2020

I just found out that Peter had died. It is hard to imagine that I won’t venture into the cluttered aisles again to find treasures buried here and there. Memories of all the cameras that I purchased over the years flood my mind. He will be missed. There will never be another store like it. Rest In Peace.

Andrew Barr

5 November 2020

Every time I'd drive up into Maine and go to or through Portland I always stopped at Peter's shop to buy film, drop film off for processing or look for some item that I couldn't find elsewhere.

I met him that first time and thought he and his shop were a great place. Every city needs a "Photo Market!"

I hope they're able to stay in Peter's memory! We need this place.

John Duncan

11 October 2020

Peter enjoying Photo A GoGo at the Bakery Photo Collective in November of 2019.

Dick Danis

10 October 2020

Peter you will be missed but not forgotten It was many years ago that I walked into Photomarket. The first store across from Duncan Donuts. I bought an N50 Nikon and a 28-70 f2.8 sigma lens. And I kept coming back for more film and more conversations with Peter. When he moved up to Forrest Ave I followed as did so many. Shortly after that I started working for Peter. I became his Handy Man, along with working at the store and working on his apartment building and the store. We had a great arrangement. All the work I did I was paid in photography equiptment. It worked out great for both of us. Peter was a wonderful person, a good friend. Over the years I would make it a point to stop in to say hi and to buy more stuff. Quite a bit really. I will miss you Peter you will always be a heartfelt memory. God bless, rest now in peace. Dick

Yris Frechette

2 October 2020

Luis’s Arepera
Our deepest condolences and prayers to all of you It was a heart broken to know that Peter left this world. It was a shocking surprise 😢.
We always will remember and miss him It was so nice to see and talking too. It Was a delightful time. He was down to earth in all his conversations and his beautiful smile that came from his heart makes us feel like family. And of course his favorite chicken bowl was right across from his Bussiness which he enjoyed very much. We will remember you to eternity and may the lord smiles when he raise you Peter Doe. 💐🙏😊

Michael McAtee

29 September 2020

Sending my deepest sympathy, with fond memories.❤️

Donald Brown

24 September 2020

It's been just around one year since seeing Peter last. I was at the shop with my daughter who was getting serious about photography. This was the first time I had seen Peter in many years. No matter how infrequently we saw each other, it felt like that no time had passed. He and I go back to 1984. I had started a video and photography business and was shooting weddings. Some of the first weddings I taped, he did stills. We hit it off quickly and he became very good friends. I'm still in shock just hearing about his death. I can't go further do to overwhelming emotions.

Kathy Cole

24 September 2020

From many years ago, remembering Peter, Nancy and Rachel as Rachel's preschool teacher. Thoughts and prayers are with you Rachel.

Diane Campbell

24 September 2020

I have been a customer of Peter's since I moved to Maine in 1987. I am an avid film photographer and frequented the Photo Market. Peter was generous with his knowledge and always took the time to answer my questions. Needless to say, I learned a lot from him over the last 33 years. I don't know if he knew how important he was to me. I want his family, especially Rachel, to know how much I cared about him. He will be missed.
Diane Campbell

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