John P. Nirider
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
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.
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
in July of 1963 and made his home on
Road until 2001 when he and his wife moved to
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.
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
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
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,
by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.
In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Johnís name to the
147 Berkeley Street,
Boston, MA 02116.