Peter Dougherty

17 janvier 195424 juillet 2021

“To a life well lived”

On the unusually icy night of January 17, 1954, Joseph Peter Dougherty, Jr. arrived at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, after a slippery, roller-coaster ride from Fairfax, VA. Joseph, his father, raced to the front entrance with Mary E. McClatchy Dougherty, his mother, leaving the car running at the hospital curb. Twenty minutes later Peter arrived on his own time schedule as he did for the next 67 years.

Peter grew up in Fairfax, VA; Cincinnati, OH; Washington, DC; Paoli, PA; Lake Lucerne, OH; Lutherville, MD; Swansea, MA; Cowesett and Warwick Neck, RI; and Pelham Manor, NY, moving each time with his built-in cadre of playmates consisting of an ever-expanding number of sisters and one brother. With a heavy Roman Catholic educational influence, he attended grammar school at Our Lady of Mercy, East Greenwich, RI; high school at Fordham Preparatory School, Bronx, NY, ultimately graduating from Cranwell Preparatory School in Lenox, MA. He left the RC religion but kept many of the friendships formed throughout these years. He finalized his scholastic education at Ithaca College and the University of New Hampshire, studying English and Philosophy.

Peter began his professional life in broadcast sales in Boston, but quickly transitioned to the high-tech field. Most recently, he served as founder and CEO of Orion Partners.ai — a tech company that that helps greenhouse facilities standardize cannabis cultivation and optimize crop yield using an AI-driven, controlled-environment platform. Peter previously founded, financed, built, and led several tech companies in the machine learning and infrastructure virtualization markets. In all these business ventures, Peter’s strength was in attracting and retaining extraordinary executive teams and leading the organizations with intelligence and clarity of vision.

As successful as Peter was in business, his greatest achievement in life was his deep commitment to his family, friends, and community. Those closest to Peter knew him as a brilliant, fun, adventurous, creative, and caring man. He was a highly attentive, loving husband and father, and he constantly went out of his way for neighbors and friends. Over the years — even through the Covid pandemic — Peter made a point of building, cultivating, and supporting a wonderful network of friends. Peter embodied vitality, always moving forward, never giving up.

One of Peter’s greatest passions in life was sailing — a sport he learned as a youth in Warwick and honed over the years. In the Boston community, Peter was the well-known captain of S/V Peningo, a custom Dubois ’49 sailboat that he and his family ran for charter and joy in Boston Harbor and around New England waters.

Peter served on the board of the Cranwell Fund, a nonprofit supporting the education of inner-city youth. He was also an active supporter of Courageous Sailing, a Boston-based nonprofit committed to transforming the lives of local children through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth, and leadership. In support of his children’s move into a large public school, Peter was the driving force in the establishment of a lacrosse program at the Boston Latin School, working tirelessly to create and develop what is now a flourishing program.

Sadly, Peter died of a heart condition on the morning of July 24, 2021, not on his time schedule, way too soon and abruptly.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Eva “Eve” Rozas Dougherty, Peter’s partner in life, his daughters, Genevieve and Juliette and son, Jake.

Genevieve, the first-born, introduced Peter to the role of fatherhood which he relished throughout his life. She was his “poet partner” and companion sailor. They shared an intuitive understanding of each other’s essence. Jake was his namesake and sailing mate. Peter cherished the time they worked intimately together on Sustainable Cannabis Coalition. As athletic partners they delighted in endless hours playing Frisbee, street hockey, baseball and more. Juliette was his baby; he was her world. Juliette brought him joy and shared a love of life, often revealed in a shared sense of humor and playfulness.

Peter is further survived by his sisters, Geraldine Dougherty of Doylestown, PA; Jody and Aimee Dougherty of Newton Square, PA; Elizabeth Dougherty of Oakland, CA; Brighde Dougherty of Sea Girt, NJ; his brother David Dougherty of Litchfield, Connecticut; his step-mother Mary Dougherty of Sea Girt, NJ: and his step-siblings Robert Debbs of West Palm Beach, FL; Tyler Debbs Squire of Montpelier, VT; Melissa Debbs-McDougald of Kennebunkport, ME; and Hilary DiFeo of Sea Girt, NJ.

A celebration of Peter’s life will take place on Thursday, August 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Courageous Sailing Center located at Pier 4 in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Contributions can be made to the Courageous Sailing Center in Peter’s honor by using this link: https://courageoussailing.org/donor-checkout/

We are look forward sharing and hearing your favorite memories of Peter. Please RSVP to Jake Dougherty jake@orionpartners.org


  • Celebration of Life

    jeudi, 12 août , 2021


Peter Dougherty


Ross Reiley

15 août , 2021

I was introduced to Peter through my brother, Toby Reiley, in Marblehead somewhere around 1978 or '79. Many miles at sea and post race libations were shared. Whenever possible, I would always try to be sure Peter was on my watch during overnight races or deliveries. Solid sailor, insightful conversationalist. Through the eighties we stayed in loose touch, bumping into each other as often at a Boston bar or club, in our suits after work as on the water during weekends sailing around New England race weeks and events. Those were fun years. I am happy to read of his wonderful family and a life well lived with enthusiasm for all that Peter involved himself with. Very sorry to have missed the celebration of his life.
Ross Reiley
Marblehead, MA

John Iacoi

12 août , 2021

A Great guy.
All fabulous memories.
He will be missed

Carlos Dominguez

2 août , 2021

Eve and family we are so saddened by Peter’s passing. You and Peter were so welcoming to us when we moved into Charlestown 9 years ago and have continued to be through the years. I once told Peter that there where three absolute signs that Spring had arrived in Charlestown;

1. The birds chirping
2. Mitch commanding his Ice Cream truck in front of the training field
3. Peter setting up his office el fresco on the sidewalk on Chestnut

Peter chuckled at my observation.

We will miss him tremendously!!!

Carlos and Colleen Dominguez

Tom Zauli

28 juillet , 2021

I'm so sorry for this loss Eve and family. Peter was larger than life. He loved you guys. He was part of everything. He loved our little community here in Charlestown, he loved boating, he loved chartering with the kids as crew. He actually reinvigorated my zest for the sea because he loved it so much. I will definitely miss our chance meetings in the parking lot where we would discuss the next adventure at sea, or more likely, the latest broken thing on our boats. I just wish I spent more time on Peningo. You are all such a welcoming and caring group. You have all become part of our lives, and we are here for you. Virtual hugs to all of you until we can do it for real.

Love Tom and Erin.


28 juillet , 2021

We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends he left behind. Eve, I know he was the love of your life. Peter was always a kind and patient man. He will truly be missed by everyone that had the good luck to know him.


Elizabeth and John Michael Ronayne

Erik Hokinson

28 juillet , 2021

I was saddened to hear of Peter's passing. Not more than three weeks back a friend had coordinated a chartered sail with Peter and Jake and the hospitality, knowledge, and passion for his craft was second to none. Despite passing far too soon, it seems as though Peter lived a full life between his sailing expeditions and other lifetime accomplishments. Though I only knew him for a short time, I can only aspire to live the life he did. Praying for peace for Jake and family in their time of need.

Marilyn Micciche

28 juillet , 2021

I was Peter's sales assistant at WCVB-TV back in the 80th's. We sure had a lot of fun in those days and one of my fondest memories was going out on his boat with Peter and some of his friends after a long day at work. Watching the sun set over Boston was something I'll never forget. His love for the sea was amazing and he was very generous in sharing that love with his friends. Another detail I remember about Peter was how he dressed impeccably at the television station. Very classy. My sincerest condolences to Peter's family. He will surely be missed.

Marilyn (McGreevy) Micciche, friend

Richard Larcade

27 juillet , 2021

Peter was a close friend & a very special person. He was funny, smart & a pleasure to work with. We had many intimate and private conversations; he shared many things with me that always remained between us. He was like the younger brother I never had. I will always remember his boat that only went backward! So many good memories.

Marion Dancy Cullen

27 juillet , 2021

So sorry to hear this sad news. We have been near neighbors on the dock in Charlestown for a number of years and always enjoyed catching up as he passed our boat or we saw each other on the docks. What a terrific spirit and great sailor! And always willing to help out another boater and full of many stories! We will miss Peter. Our condolences to Peter's whole family.
With sympathy,
Marion and Terry Cullen on "Double Feature"

Debbie Dyer

27 juillet , 2021

Peter was a kind smart loving person. I have known him since I was a little girl. Our parents were friends. An excellent sailor. We had just seen each other a week or so ago. I am truly shocked. Rest In Peace my friend. My condolences to his beautiful family.
Debbie Dyer Martin