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John Joseph Bekeritis

John Joseph Bekeritis, 87, of Ipswich, husband of the late Theresa (Bourgeois) Bekeritis, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, December 6, 2013.

Born in Salem, September 6, 1926, John was the son of Zygmont and Stefania Bekeritis.  He was a graduate of Salem High School, class of 1944, and served in the US Army from 1944 to 1945.  Married in 1950, he moved to Ryal Side in Beverly where he and Theresa raised their seven children.  He worked in the plastics industry for many years and retired from General Tire.  Many July 4th holidays and pool parties filled their summers with friends and extended family.  John loved cooking for large crowds, always making everyone feel welcome.  He was a great handyman, always enjoying the simple pleasures of life with his family.  John and Theresa greatly enjoyed their retirement years, spending time with loved ones and friends. He was a devoted husband, taking care of her in her later years.

He is survived by his seven children and spouses, Kristine and Patrick Glennon, Cheryl and David Clark, all of Ipswich, Steve and Carla Bekeritis of Danvers, Amy Bonaiuto and Michael Davidson of Ipswich, Julie and David Sullivan of Peabody, Paul and Julia Bekeritis of Ipswich and John (Jay) Bekeritis of Gloucester;  sixteen grand children, Stephanie and husband Dan, Nicole, Jared and wife Carly, Mallory and husband, David, Eric and wife Dana, Adelle and husband George, Anne and fiancé, Matt, Audrey, Jill, Amanda, Mikey, Ben, Sydney, Jacob, Cole, Kate and six great-grand children Mya, Hanna, Adrianne, Jackson, Aria, and Isla.  He is also survived by his cousin, “Butch” Ywuc and wife, Sylvia, along with his extended Ywuc family.  In addition to his wife, Theresa, he was predeceased by his sister, Harriet, his cousin “Dewey” Ywuc and wife, Kay, his cousin, Stanley Bekeritis, and his son-in-law, Michael Bonaiuto.

Visiting hours will be 4 to 8 pm Monday December 9 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. All other arrangements will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to Northeast Arc, Gloucester Men’s House, 64 Holten Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

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