Former Shuksan teacher and Navy veteran, John Nahas, passed away on 10/17/13 in his 87th year, surrounded by his family and private caregivers.
John was born December 30, 1926 in Paterson, N. J., and sold newspapers on the streets of New York City at age 9. The family moved to Bloomsberg, PA, where he worked in the carpet mill.
John served his country aboard the USS Skagit during WWII, where he visited Marseille, Algiers, Panama Canal, Guam, and China. His ship was anchored near the USS Missouri during the signing of the Japanese surrender.
John graduated from CWSC and received his Masters in Education from Western. He taught at Columbia Elementary, Fairhaven Middle School and for many years as an 8th grade English and US history teacher at Shuksan Middle School, where he retired in 1987.
After retirement, John owned "John's Treasure Shed," the business cards for which read "by appointment or chance." An avid collector, John enjoyed hunting for and purchasing antiques and collectibles of unique and historical significance. He also enjoyed sketching and had a fine Irish tenor voice.
He is survived by his wife Susan, his sister Agnes Fehr, daughters Patricia Abad and Peggy Foster (Dennis), grandsons Michael and Jason Pendleton, granddaughter Annalisa Foster, great-granddaughter Trista (Pendleton) Thompson, niece Nikki Wyer and grand-nephew Gabriel Wyer.
John was preceded by his parents, Lily (Gladwin) and Ernest Nahas, sisters Rose and Anne, and niece Carrie-Anne Page.
John kept active, every day visiting Fred Meyer on Lakeway or the downtown corridor. He was a regular attendee at the Saturday Farmer's Market and engaged with people wherever he went.
John will be buried at River View Cemetery in Portland, OR. At his request, there will be no other services.
Memorial donations may be made to Whatcom County Hospice.