Peter Paul Ayotte, a 40-year resident of Torrance, passed away on September 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA, from complications of esophageal cancer. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, September 30, 2011, 10:00 am at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church , 1900 South Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Reception to follow in the hall. His burial will be held on Monday, October 3, 2011, 10:00am at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518. Peter was born to Margaret and Ernest Ayotte on January 19, 1955 in Pasadena, California, a few miles from where he grew up. After graduating from West High School he received a scholarship to attend the Naval Academy and moved to Annapolis, Maryland to pursue his academic career. After graduating from the Naval Academy he was stationed in San Diego, and soon after met his wife, Tracy O'Bryan Ayotte, as her Navy sponsor. They were married on May 11, 1985, and lived in San Diego, Monterey, and Virginia, all before settling in Torrance in the same house he was raised in. They had two children, Robert and Bryan. He had a dynamic and rewarding 20 year career, retiring as a Commander from the United States Navy. After his career with the Navy he proceeded to Northrop Grumman where his last position was Program Manager for satellite systems. Throughout his life Peter had many accomplishments, including receiving Eagle Scout Honors, numerous Navy commendations, and Program Manager of the Year for the Air Force as Navy liaison for the Los Angeles air station. His leadership of numerous programs motivated and inspired all those who worked with him and for him. In his quiet manner he supported and cared for so many people in his life. Spending time with his family and friends brought him great joy. His true passions in life were coaching and watching his sons excel in many sports and dedicating his life to his wife and children. His proudest moments were seeing his son Robert attain a full scholarship to play football at UC Davis and his son Bryan receive an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy, where they continue to attend. He loved all of those around him, but his one true love was his wife Tracy. He spent all of his days cherishing the moments they shared together. Their unconditional love and unbreakable bond serves as a testament to the beautiful life they have built together. Peter was predeceased by his father Ernest in 1983. He is survived by his wife Tracy, his sons Robert and Bryan, and his mother Margaret. In lieu of flowers, the Ayotte Family is asking for donations to be made to the Fred Petersen Scholarship Fund. Checks must be made out to West High School and sent to 4928 Arvada St., Torrance, CA 90503.

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  1. Dear Tracy, So very sorry to hear of your Pete’s passing! I am going to be at my Uncle Gus’ funeral at the same time in La Canada, so I will be praying for you and your family there. The only consolation there is are the good memories of your time together and his legacy to his boys! Love, Frances Martin

  2. Dear Tracy, We deeply sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. You are great neighbors and friends and we are here for you if you need us. Love and hugs to all of you. The Latendresse Family, Jim, Kim, Nikki and Katie

  3. Dear Tracy, Robert and Bryan, Pete was such a warm, gentle soul and always had a smile! He will be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Tracy, Robert and Bryan, Pete’s passing hit me like bomb. I sincerely hope that you can find comfort knowing what a kind, intelligent, gentle giant walked this earth and shared so much with so many people.

  5. My sincere condolences to the Ayotte Family.May God help you all durning this difficult time.I will be praying for him at church.. Armando Solorzano & Family

  6. First I would like to express my condolences to Tracy, Robert, Bryan and Margaret. Then I would like to thank God for having known Pete, an exceptionally wonderful, warm person, patriot, and friend. Pete provided the vision and leadership to our program from the beginning and successfully led our team through design, development and delivery of most of the flight units. He improved the lives of the people he met. His dedication to the nation, leadership, compassion to the team and friendship will be greatly missed.

  7. Tracy, Robert and Bryan: My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Peter will forever be a part of the memories of those who knew him. God bless.

  8. I had the privilege of working for Pete Ayotte. He was a wonderful and dedicated leader, and such a kind and caring person. He treated everyone with such respect, and his family was truly the light of his life. I am ao sorry to hear of his passing.

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