, Newburyport, MA

February 28, 2013

John Christopher Nakis, 55

NEWBURY, MA: — John Christopher Nakis, a Rowley native, passed away at his home in Newbury on Sunday, February 24th, 2013. A life-long resident of Essex County, John was born in Beverly, MA on November 22nd, 1957. He grew up in Rowley, spent most of his life here, and will always be remembered as a Rowleyite.

John was educated at Pine Grove Elementary, Triton Regional High School, and Northern Essex Community College. Professionally, he worked as a skilled and talented CNC machinist employed and appreciated by a number of local manufacturing firms, including Gould, Varian, and Fairview Machine.

John was also a self-taught and talented musician who spent countless creative and happy hours jamming with friends and occasionally sitting in on professional performances. He loved good food and was a talented chef. He was also a member of the Neptune Club in Newburyport, MA.

John’s greatest joy was found in the family and friends who were drawn inexorably to his magnetic personality. A natural comic, he could entertain for hours with anecdotes, one-liners, and memories of Rowley characters. He would always make everyone laugh!

John was married briefly to Valerie Schena, originally of Groveland, MA. Though their marriage did not prevail, John loved her deeply. They had no children. He is survived by his mother Deborah of Newburyport, MA, sister Anne of Turner’s Falls, MA, beloved niece Alysan of Fort Walton Beach, FL, brother Arty (wife Elinor) of Sedro-Woolley, WA, nephew Nicholas (wife Chelly) of Seattle, WA, grand-nephew Javan of Seattle, WA, and Godsons Cory and Tucker Trussel of New Hampshire. He also leaves numerous local relatives, notably Aunt Frances Preston of Essex, MA, and cousin Dianne Bragdon of Rowley. He was preceded in death by his father William Constantine Nakis of Rowley, and nephew Nathan William Nakis of Sedro-Woolley, WA.

ARRANGEMENTS: John will be laid to rest at a private graveside service in Rowley on Friday, March 1st. His life will then be celebrated with stories and fellowship in a memorial gathering at the VFW hall in Rowley, from 2:30-7:00 PM on Friday, March 1st. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any donations made to your local food bank or pantry, or to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements by the F.S. Roberts and Son Funeral Home of Rowley. For information or to send condolences, please visit