John A. Makey
STOW:John A. Makey, 84, a lifelong Stow, MA resident, died peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday May 11, 2017 at the LifeCare Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton where he resided for the past three years. He and his wife Eila J. (Leino) Makey were to celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary on June 13th.
Born in Concord, he was the son of the late Augusti Hannes Makey and Helga (Lassila) Makey. He was proud of his Finnish heritage, and was the eldest member of the Makey family in the US and Finland. A graduate of Hale High School, he was a “people person” and active member of the Stow community throughout his life. He served honorably in the US Army from 1957-59. Mr. Makey began his career on the Stow Highway Department as a teenager, and was the superintendent at the time of his retirement from the town in 1985. He then went to work as a rural route carrier for the postal service for many years. He was a member of the town’s volunteer fire department and served on the Board of Engineers. Mr. Makey enjoyed the outdoors; gardening and walking his property. Affectionately known as “Sneakers,” he especially loved walks through the apple orchards and driving the tractor at the “pick your own” orchards. He had a passionate interest in engine repair, the history of Henry Ford and the Model T. But most people will remember John for his captivating stories of the people and places in Stow's history.
In addition to his wife he is survived by four children: Susan Kamp and husband Paul of Woonsocket, RI, John Makey Jr. and wife Karen Murphy of Marlborough, Cynthia White and husband Denis of Hudson, and William Makey and wife Lynn of Clinton; 8 grandchildren: P.J. and wife Christine, Daniel, Micaela and Julia Kamp, Carly and Ricky White, and Brooke and Hope Makey; and two great-granddaughters, Chelsea and Courtney Kamp.
Visiting hours are Monday May 15th from 4:00-8:00pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rt 111) Acton. Funeral services will be held Tuesday May 16th at 11:00am in the First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, 353 Great Rd, (Rt 117 at Stow Common) Stow. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery, Gleasondale Rd (Rt 62) Stow. Those who wish may make memorial donations to either the Stow Historical Commission, 375 Great Rd., Stow, MA 01775 or to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607 online at donate.myeloma.org Memorial page actonfuneralhome.com