Jean-Maurice Poitras Jr.,M.D.
1954 - 2021
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Yorktown, VA - Jean-Maurice Poitras, Jr., MD, passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021.

Maurice packed a lot of living into a short life. He had varied interests and an adventurous spirit. He was born in Chelsea, MA in 1954. A Navy 'brat', his family lived in Naples, Italy for four years where the family frequently camped and traveled throughout Europe. Time in Italy instilled several values in Maurice: a disdain for seafood markets, a love of all European culture, a thirst for travel, and an appreciation for a glass of wine at an outdoor cafe.

Maurice was an accomplished athlete and was recognized as an Honorable Mention All American swimmer in high school. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1977 and later served as a Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra pilot, piloting over 100 armed contingency sorties in the Persian Gulf during the Iran/Iraq conflict in the late 1980's. Throughout those years, he participated in several triathlons, placing first in the swims, never catching up in the biking and runs, but nonetheless finishing.

At the age of 35 he enrolled in medical school, first studying at St. George's University in Grenada. Maurice embraced the Grenadian culture and explored the island from top to bottom, including everything from hiking remote waterfalls to participating in "Hash Hound Harrier" runs. He graduated from University of Maryland Medical School in 1993 and studied infectious diseases in Cairo, Egypt where again, no stone was left unturned. He completed his residency training at University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins/Sinai Hospital Program in Internal Medicine. Not long after, Maurice established an internal medicine practice and a rural health clinic in Carbon County, Utah. Always a fan of unusual vehicles, he bought a 1976 Blue Bird RV and he and his family explored national and state parks across the country, along with one harrowing trip to Mexico. But the fun didn't stop there. He had a classic steam boat and multiple military surplus vehicles, including a 5-ton wrecker, a deuce and a half, a Unimog, and a Humvee. Luckily, one could pull the other out of a tight situation.

After six years in Utah, the family moved to Yorktown, VA to be closer to family and Maurice joined the internal medicine hospitalist group at Riverside Regional Medical Center. Maurice traded the RV for a trawler and the family explored the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Maurice, a creative spirit always documented every event, large or small, in photos or video. A unique individual and a respected physician, he made an impact on everyone he met. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Maurice was preceded in death by his parents, Jean-Maurice and Helen Murray Poitras and a brother, Michael. He is survived by his wife, Beth; three children: Paul (Mariasole) of Suzhou, China, Emma and Gabe of Yorktown, VA; two sisters: Diane Fritsche of Baltimore, MD and Micheline Blackmon of Ellenton, FL; and a brother, Denis of Newport News, VA; as well as many loving family members.

Visitation is scheduled at Amory Funeral Home, 410 Grafton Drive, Grafton, VA on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Lackey Clinic, Mail to: Lackey Clinic, Attn: Resource Development Office 1620 Old Williamsburg Road Yorktown, VA 23690 or

Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.

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Published in Daily Press on May 16, 2021.
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Love, Mark and Debbie Hudgins
May 22, 2021
You could always get a good laugh with Dr.Poitras. I enjoyed talking with him when he made rounds on the unit. What a great Doctor. With deepest sympathy to the family. Rest in Peace
Grace Henderson
May 20, 2021
My papa, Billy Guy, was very fond of Maurice. He would often tell me about the work they would do on all of Maurice's vehicles and I could tell that he enjoyed it. I am beyond thankful that Maurice got my papa out of the house. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers!
Amber Baillio (Deach)
May 17, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Poitras for 18 years (as a Night shift Nurse) He was a fantastic Doctor and had a wonderful bedside manner. We always knew we could call him and he would come up and see a patient. He was professional and funny when speaking with the patient's and had a way of putting them at ease. He was kind to new nurses and treated them with respect He made many a hard night a little easier. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers for your family
Karen Kelly-Arrington
May 16, 2021
You were one of the best. Myself and fellow nurses enjoyed and appreciated when you took the time to explain things and always wanted to go the extra mile helping us help our patients.
BJ Bernice Woodard
May 16, 2021
Beth and family - Maurice was a special
man and he will be missed. We had some good times together. We are here for you and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Susan & Nick Nespoli
May 16, 2021
I have not seen my cousin Maurice since he was a young child. I know he was a wonderful and successful man and I am sorry our paths never crossed. My sincere condolences to his wife Beth and their family. My thoughts are with them in this terrible time. Bonnie Poitras Tucker
bonnie tucker
May 16, 2021
Words can not express the sadness I feel ...this precious soul always had a way to make me the point of tears..He always made sure I stuck up for myself when needed and if not he would chime in to make sure I was cared for...Rest in peace sweet will be missed...Heaven gained an angel ...
Mary Brown
May 16, 2021
So sorry for your loss! May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Marsha NeeSmith & Chadwick Cantrell
Marsha NeeSmith
May 16, 2021
Dr Poitras was an amazing physician and person, he taught me so much at the start of my nursing career. It was an absolute honor and pleasure having gotten to work with him.
Erik K.
May 16, 2021
I really enjoyed working and laughing with you over the years at Riverside. Thanks for the memories and rest in peace doc....
Katrina Gay
May 16, 2021
I’m shocked to hear of the loss of Dr. Poitras. I worked with him for eight years as an RN at Riverside. He was a wonderful physician who would always stop and chat. He had great bedside manner and will be greatly missed. Thank you for all the patient’s lives you touched along the way!
May 15, 2021
Dr. Poitras was a wonderful doctor and one of the nicest men I have ever met. He treated my husband at Riverside in 2015 and I could not have asked for a better bedside manner. He made such an impact in our lives and I don't know that he ever knew that. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends, in this most tremendous loss. RIP Dr. Poitras. I can honestly say you are going to be very, very missed.
Rhonda & Barry Guilliams
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