WATERFORD – John “Jack” Nihan, 77, of Waterford, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 31.

Jack was born in Lynn, Mass., on Aug. 31, 1931, the son of George and Annie (Rogers) Nihan. He was educated in Lynn schools and graduated from Lynn English High School, Class of 1949, where he was an all scholastic baseball player.

After high school he attended Salem State College and taught school in Lynn public schools for 44 years and while teaching he worked part-time at the Lynn Post Office. Jack was an avid sports fan, especially the Red Sox and was very active in the lives of young people, working as a counselor at the Boys Club Camp for many summers.

Jack was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he was a sacristan, was a member of the Waterford Grange and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marjorie (Cooney) Nihan of Waterford; five sons, Paul Nihan and his wife, Patricia, of Peabody, Mass., Mark Nihan of Peabody, Mass., Michael Nihan of Wilmington, Mass., John Nihan of Lynn, Mass. and Christopher Nihan of Andover, Mass.; three daughters, Diane M. Suslak and her husband, Tom of Lynn, Joann M. Teed and her husband, Howard of Boxford, Mass. and Katherine M. Holmes and her husband, Edward of North Andover, Mass.; one daughter-in-law, Claire Nihan of Peabody, Mass.; one sister, Ruth M. Konecki of Falmouth; and 18 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by one daughter, Donna M. Nihan, and five brothers, George Jr., Robert, Roger, William and Leonard.

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