Piper of Lufkin Point Road, Essex, passed away Tuesday, August
12, 2008 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington due to complications from
pneumonia. He was 58 years old.
30th, 1950 in Hamilton, he was the son of Morley L. and Wanda H.
(Woleyko) Piper of Essex. He attended Hamilton schools, the old
Huntington Day School in Boston, and Salem State College.
In 1970, Jon was
disabled in a tragic automobile accident. As a result he dealt
with immeasurable difficulties throughout his life; but,
he learned to cope, conquered many obstacles, and until fairly
recently, was able to live independently. Jon showed uncommon
courage through a countless series of adversities with his
health, ever-increasing as the years wore on. And always,
unfailingly, he carried his burdens with dignity and bravery.
He loved Essex,
the ocean and his home on Lufkin Point; when he was younger he
had a boat and enjoyed roaming around the creeks of the Essex
River or Gloucester Harbor. In later years he traveled via
computer. His other great loves were the pets he had throughout
his life, the last a very special cat named Edna.
For many years,
Jon wrote a column on boxing that appeared in a number of New
England newspapers as well as national boxing magazines. He was
known for his sharp - sometimes stinging - wit and was regarded
as one of the region's top observers of the colorful and seamy
He had been
active in several organizations for the disabled, including the
National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NE Chapter), the
Christopher Reeve Foundation and the Northeast Independent
Living Program in Lawrence.
survived by his parents, a sister, Patricia Robert of Essex, two
nieces, Laura Robert of Essex and Audrey Robert Ramirez and her
husband Axel Ramirez of Malden, a special cousin Priscilla
Koster of Ipswich, dearest friends Beverly Nameche of Essex,
Paul Ferreiro of Harrington, Maine, Gary Karlin of Salisbury,
Arlette Molina of Miami, Florida, and his devoted caregiver Ruth
Hughes of Essex.
service in tribute to Jon will be held on Tuesday, August 19th,
at the Ipswich Country Club, 148 County Club Way (Route 1) in
Ipswich at 11 o'clock followed by a reception. Family and
friends are welcome. Arrangements under the direction of the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.
Jon's memory may be made to the Christopher Reeve Foundation,
636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078, and the
Cape Ann Animal Association, 260 Main Street, Gloucester, MA