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John Angelo Paraskos

John Angelo Paraskos Age 73, of San Rafael, died Friday, November 2, 2012, surrounded by his family, only a few weeks after his wife of nearly 50 years passed away. He was born to the late Angelo and Lillian Paraskos, on January 14, 1939, in Methuen, MA. He graduated from Tenney High School in Methuen, MA, and obtained a BS in 1961 and an MS in 1963 in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. That same year, he married Anna Mae Currier, and they set off for Virginia Beach, VA, where John was First Lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps. John and Anna then returned to Boston, MA where John obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1969. In 1981, he was honored by UMass as a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus. John began working in Research and Development for Gulf Oil Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA in 1969, and was brought to California in 1985 by Chevron. Over the course of his career at Gulf and Chevron, John managed many employees, was in charge of large budgets, and had 20 publications and over 35 patents. John, along with his wife, Anna, was very active in Bethany Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, and also in Marin Covenant Church in San Rafael, CA. Their faith in God was the most important thing in their lives, and the fruit of that faith will be with us eternally. John is survived by his four daughters: Angela Danielson (Rob) of San Rafael, CA; Michele Williams (David) of Oakhurst, CA; Stacie Mancini (Chris) of San Anselmo, CA; and Heather Dunn of Meridian, ID. He is survived also by his 15 grandchildren whom he adored, and by his dear brother, Harry Paraskos. His wife, Anna, had passed away only weeks earlier. He will be remembered for being the rock of the family, the one everyone went to for advice, for being one of the smartest men around, for always finding the silver lining in every cloud, for loving puzzles and games, for being the King of Puns, and, in the last years, for never complaining despite extreme physical difficulties. Warm, kind, gentle and selfless, there will never be another like you. The family wishes to thank John's wonderful caregiver, Mili Vocea. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to either ChildFund or The Myositis Association. A joint memorial service for both Anna and John will be held at Marin Covenant Church in San Rafael, CA on November 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM.

Published in Marin Independent Journal on Nov. 18, 2012
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