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Nicholas Louis Markos

Nicholas Louis Markos, 90, of Broadway Avenue, Ipswich, husband of the late Helen (Teakles) Markos, joined God Friday April 3, 2009 following a brief battle with cancer.

He was born in Dover, NH February 22, 1919 to Greek immigrants Loius C. and Angela (Rexine) Markos. The family relocated to Ipswich, looking for work, and there Nicholas would establish himself for the remainder of his ninety years. Nicholas was also known by many in his community as Benny. He enlisted in WWII and served honorably in the United States Army as an intelligence specialist, traveling in multiple theaters during the war in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Upon completion of his service he returned home and married Helen Teakles. They raised a family in Ipswich and Nicholas was employed for many years at Sylvania as a master carpenter and also worked as a private contractor. After retiring, Nicholas turned his attentions to his lifelong passions and his home life. He often could be found working in his garden or puttering in his basement and working on his home, which he built himself. Not a quiet or reserved man by any means, he often greeted and conversed with passers by and family and friends about life, politics, weather and any other topics of the time that struck him. He frequently proffered his opinion on a multitude of matters and enjoyed debates, as well as informing those he knew well of the life lessons he experienced, attempting to enlighten them. He was truly a student of life. He is survived by his daughter Paula Markos Carey and her husband William of Peabody and their children Jonathan, Christiana and Matthew who assisted and cared for Nicholas until his death; his son Louis Markos and wife Debbie of Idaho and their children Christopher and Nicole of California; and his eldest daughter Carole and her husband Francisco of California and Carole's children Alex and Brandon of Colorado. He is also survived by four great grandchildren.

His funeral will be held Tuesday April 7, 2009 at 9 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, with a 10 am service in the Greek Orthodox Church, Lafayette Road, Ipswich. Interment will follow with Army Honors in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday 4 to 8 pm. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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