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John C. Anton
of Atkinson, NH; 93

July 23, 1920 - May 16, 2014

John C. Anton, 93, a prominent area businessman, passed away Friday, May 16, at the Lawrence General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was the beloved husband of Evelyn L. (Dawson) Anton for over fifty years.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 23, 1920, the son of the late Charles J. and the late Paula (Vacass) Antonopoulos, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1938.

A veteran of World War II, John was a drill instructor in the United States Marine Corps. His platoon was part of the 1st Marine Division where he fought at Guadalcanal, Peleliu and Okinawa. John, after the war continued working with his father and brothers for thirty years at Anton's Cleaners, which was founded by his father in 1913. In 1975 John took ownership of Anton's in Andover and continued the business as John Anton's Cleaners.

John was an avid community leader. He supported Merrimack College, belonging to both the Men of Merrimack and Friends of Merrimack. He served on the Board of Directors of Lawrence Savings Bank and The Lawrence Boys and Girls Club. He was a member of The Lawrence Rotary Club, where he was the recipient of The Paul Harris Fellow award; The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, The Ahepa Chapter 102, a longtime member of The Holy Family Men's Guild; in addition he enjoyed his membership at Andover Country Club and the Lanam Club, in Andover, MA. He was a member of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Andover, MA.

John was always willing to help as a volunteer for the civic organizations he belonged to; be it as an "MC" for an auction or being Santa Claus handing out presents, at the Hennessy School. John befriended many in his lifetime, all of whom knew once John was their friend; they had a friend for life. Throughout the years, John would visit his friends who were ailing; he also comforted and transported friends, so they could visit their loved ones. It was part of John's makeup to perform random acts of kindness, without expectations of acknowledgement.

He is survived by, in addition to his wife Evelyn who was the love of his life; a brother Arthur C. Anton and his wife, Madeline K. Anton of No. Andover, MA, his children; Pola A. Roumeliotis and her husband Louis C. Roumeliotis of Peabody, MA, Ellen-Joan Amick and her husband Thomas Amick of Holden, MA, Charles J. Anton and his wife Virginia H. Anton of Westford, MA, grandchildren; Lisa E. Roumeliotis of Manchester, MA, John K. Ratcliffe of Holliston, MA, Kenneth F. Ratcliffe of Thailand, John C. Anton and Christopher G. Anton of Westford, MA; his godchild, Joanne Housianitis of Salisbury, MA as well as three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ellen, and his brothers, Alexander Anton and Socrates Antonopoulos.

ANTON -- Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway Street, Methuen, on Thursday, May 22, from 3-8pm. Funeral Service in Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 71 Chandler Road Andover, on Friday, May 23, at 1:00pm. Burial with full military honors is scheduled to follow at the Lowell Cemetery. Those wishing to make contributions in John's memory may be made to The Lawrence Boys and Girls Club. www.lawrencebgc.com

Arrangements by Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home at 80 Broadway Street, Methuen, MA. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com or facebook.com/DewhirstFuneralHome.
Published in Lowell Sun on May 20, 2014
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