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