East Kingston, NH — John R. “Jack” Akin, 76, of East Kingston, NH, husband of Mary E. (Goggin) Akin for 52 years, passed away peacefully at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill on Thursday, January 31, following a courageous battle with cancer.
The second child of the late J. Robert and Ruth Hendrick Akin, he was predeceased by his older brother Peter and is survived by his younger brother, Deacon David P. Akin (Rosemary), of Yarmouthport, MA. He is also survived by his four children, James Michael (Anne-Marie Regish) of New Britain, CT; Joseph Edward (Laura) of Warwick, NY; John Patrick of New Haven, CT, and Deborah Eileen Johnson of Morrisville, VT. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Patrick, Colleen, Bailey, Jessica, Piper, Kyle and Jack; and his wife’s identical twin sister Peggy Reardon (Michael) of Byfield, MA.
Jack was a proud son of Boston College, Class of 1959; a graduate degree recipient from Northeastern University; and a graduate of Wakefield High School and St. John’s Preparatory School.
His professional life included 20 years with GTE in a wide variety of assignments and locations, plus 20 years in the retained executive search field. He founded and was president of JR Akin & Co., a leading executive search firm with offices in Manhattan; Fairfield, CT; Fort Myers, FL and Hamilton, MA.
In addition, Jack was an adjunct professor at State University of New York, Penn State University and Fairfield University. He was an officer of the Warren, PA, Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Hamilton, MA, Personnel Board; Board member and volunteer at Hamilton’s Accord Food Pantry; past Chaplain of American Legion Post #194 in Hamilton, MA; and a Eucharistic minister at The Church of Saint Paul in Hamilton, MA, and St. Michael Parish in Exeter, NH.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at The Church of Saint Paul, 50 Union Street, South Hamilton, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 9:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be at the Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly (North Beverly location) Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be at the Hamilton Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack’s memory to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.