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John P. Nirider

John P. Nirider of Haverhill, and longtime resident of Ipswich, passed away on Saturday December 13, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 77 years old.

John was born in St. Louis Missouri to Alice Weese Nirider and Merle S. Nirider on September 30, 1931. John spent his boyhood in the Midwest and his Mom Alice remarried in 1942 to Ralph R. Woody. John enjoyed a close and loving relationship with his mom and step father, in fact served as best man at their wedding when he was just 11 years old.

John served in the US Air force and was stationed in Germany in the early 1950ís.

While attending college at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio he met the love of his life, Louise, in October of 1953. They were married in May of 1954 and enjoyed 54 years of love and adventure. They had a truly remarkable marriage and friendship.

John moved with his family to Ipswich in July of 1963 and made his home on Turkey Shore Road until 2001 when he and his wife moved to Haverhill.

For the past 12 years John was a member of the staff at Doyon School. He greatly enjoyed working with the children, teachers and other staff members. Prior to his work at Doyon, John was a chemist at the United Shoe Machinery of Beverly and Transcene Corporation of Rowley.

The Niriderís life together has been filled with community and church service. John was a leader in both Boy and Girl Scouts and active in many capacities in the United Methodist Church. He was a founding member of Ipswich Summer Theater, a local troop who produced an annual Gilbert and Sullivan production. John enjoyed many roles but particularly savored the lead role as Captain of the HMS Pinafore.

With his beloved wife Weezie he traveled on a mission trip to Nicaragua and volunteered with the East Boston Social Center. As her partner, the Niriderís provided loving and responsible care to two generations of children at Auntie Weezieís Family Day Care. 

John was an avid naturalist and conservationist, a contented fisherman and a devoted family man. He deeply valued our National Park system, camping and traveling with his family and scouts throughout the United States and Canada.   

In addition to his wife Weezie John is survived by his daughters, Lainie N. Brown, and her husband, Dino, Nina N. Cruz and her husband Florencio and Diedre N. Kress and her husband Tim.

John is also survived by his grandson Don Brown and his wife Erin, grandsons Durin Brown, Alex Cruz and Greg Cruz and granddaughter Lauren Kress.

A celebration of Johnís life is being planned for Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Good Shepherd United Methodist, 471 Main Street, Haverhill MA.

Arrangements are by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Johnís name to the Salvation Army, 147 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116.

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