January 19, 1955 ~ September 26, 2011
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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