WINDHAM – Brian Wesley Dodge of Windham, Maine passed away peacefully at his home on October 22, 2022. Brian was born in Cambridge, Mass. on November 6, 1960, of Elizabeth and Thomas Dodge.
Brian grew up in Berlin, Vermont, and graduated from Union 32 High School in 1978. Cycling at the age of 10 with his father, they spent three weeks traveling Europe from Luxembourg to Italy. It was just one of Brian’s many early accomplishments, including his participation in football and athletics.
Brian joined the Navy in 1978 and served as a Visual Communications Specialist-Signalist for eight years deployed to the Indian Ocean in San Diego, CA and Tacoma, WA. After his discharge from the Navy, Brian returned to New England, settling in Windham, Maine.
After serving in the Navy Brian attended the University of Southern Maine and in 1988 founded Genesys Computer Systems, building and maintaining computer systems. In 1997 Brian established AAAA Taxi, Airport Car Express and Windham Taxi serving Windham and the Lake District. When asked how he got into the taxi business, Brian explained that the company found him when a friend asked him to borrow money to finance a new taxi and he became a partner. For Brian, running the taxi business and meeting new people was like opening a new book or a new chapter in a book. Brian went above and beyond offering a ride – caring about people and their stories, developing lasting friendships. After selling the business in 2019, he continued to stay in touch with many of his former clients.
While serving in the Navy in California, Brian joined the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a medieval hobby group, where he was known as John Bor Ox. Brian was an accomplished archer and at one point served as an archery captain for his local group Malagentia Province. During this time, Brian met Karla Dyer (Lady Eularia), becoming her companion and partner, sharing their interest in the SCA, the taxi business and their two cats, Oscar and Lugh.
In addition to the SCA, Brian enjoyed reading books and writing poetry. Brian had a big heart, always available to help a friend or a stranger. His sense of humor and dry wit were punctuated by his smile. Friends and clients describe Brian as a “kind man who cared about others”.
Brian was predeceased by his grandparents Elmer (Deac) and Eleanor Dodge of Gorham, Maine, Walter and Betti Miller of Brooklyn, NY; aunts Julie Burnham of Warner, NH and Ann Curran of Corvallis, Mont.; and dear friend Joan Murphy of Windham.
Brian is survived by his partner, Karla Dyer of Windham; mother Elizabeth Dodge of Portland, father Thomas and wife Joanne Dodge of Rockland; sisters Jocelyn Dodge of Butte, Mont. and Meredith Dodge and her spouse Mark Heck of Arlington, Va.; uncle Paul Dodge of Waldoboro, aunt Judith Childs of New York, NY; and numerous cousins and extended relatives.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and home caregivers who cared for Brian and became an important part of his daily life.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, November 12 at Dolby, Blais & Segee – Windham Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham, Maine 04062. An hour of visiting and sharing will follow the service at 4:00 p.m. Per Brian’s wishes, he will be buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Barre, Vt. at a later date.
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