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John N. Matook

Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 from 3 – 8 p.m. in the First Congregational Church, 230 Beach St., Revere, for John N. Matook, who died unexpectedly at his South Hamilton home on Wednesday, February 26th, at 59 years.  His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 4th at 11 a.m. in the Christ Episcopal Church, 149 Asbury St., South Hamilton.  Interment will be private.  Born & raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, he was a 1972 graduate of Tolman High School in Pawtucket, RI.  He received a Bachelor’s in Philosophy in 1976 from Gordon College of Wenham, MA.  Since that time, John has always been a student, especially of Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard Extension School.  John holds a Master’s degree in Arabic & at the time of his death, was still pursuing his studies in Middle Eastern Languages, particularly in, almost extinct dialects, of Aramaic & other mid-eastern cultures.  John was indeed a “Family Man,” & especially fond of caring for his grandchildren, not only as a grandfather, but as a teacher & mentor.  John was a participant in four Iron Man Triathlons (Crossfit).  At this time, he was in accelerated training & looking forward to the event.  He had a passion for gardening & became an expert in horticulture, educating himself.  He was most proud of his gardens in South Hamilton & in Revere.  He & his family lived in Revere for several years before moving to South Hamilton in 1999.  John was the founder & president of DIA-SALES, a company he founded in 1990.  He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Revere.  He is the beloved husband of 36 years to Linda M. (Granitsas) Matook.  He is the devoted father of: Jamie L. Panagopolos & her husband Christopher of Essex, MA, Nicholas J. & John D. Matook both of South Hamilton, Timothy J. Matook & his wife Catherine of Beverly, & Sopeet Bou of Revere.  John & his dear wife also fostered many children, including the Tran family & Danny Khiev.  He also leaves two cherished grandchildren, Mark O. & Brooke J. Matook.  He is the dear brother of: Nicholas Matook & his wife Elaine of Cumberland, RI, Darlene Elkas & her husband Douglas of Johnston, RI, & Judy Fortier & her husband Russell of Pawtucket, RI.  He is also lovingly survived by his mother-in-law, Marguerite Granitsas of Revere, & his brothers- & sisters-in-law: The Reverend Nicholas G. Granitsas (the Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Revere) & his wife Joan, James & Maureen Appleyard of Essex, MA, & Nancy E. Cissel & her husband John of Yorba Linda, California.  He was also the son of the late: Nicholas & Jane (Landry) Matook.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the: Easter Seals of Rhode Island, 213 Robinson St., Wakefield, RI 02879, or to the Food Pantry at First Congregational Church, 230 Beach St., Revere, MA 02151.


Visiting Hours

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 from 3 – 8 p.m. in the First Congregational Church, 230 Beach St., Revere.

Funeral Service

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Christ Episcopal Church, 149 Asbury St., South Hamilton.


Will be private.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the: Easter Seals of Rhode Island, 213 Robinson St., Wakefield, RI 02879, or to the Food Pantry at First Congregational Church, 230 Beach St., Revere, MA 02151.

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  1. Richard Thompson
    Aug 10 2014

    Dear Linda and family, I just heard of John’s unexpected passing. Although it has been many years since he and I were in touch, I have many fond memories of John from first meeting him at the Northfield Christian Endeavor Conference for Youth during high school, our years of friendship while at Gordon College, and later in Revere. You and the rest of the family are in my prayers as you walk with the Lord during this difficult time.

  2. Lisa DeMarco
    Mar 5 2014

    Linda, Bob and I are so sorry to hear that John has passed away. We are so far away and so out of touch, but neither of us has forgotten the love, care, and teaching that both you and John blessed us with in our earlier years. I know that my life would have taken a different path had I not experienced genuine Christian faith being lived out in families like yours.I will fondly remember John as being a light of Christ who gave a scared kid a new direction to look towards. We are praying for comfort and peace for you and all of your family.

  3. Tim Meade
    Mar 4 2014

    Linda and Family,
    I know this is a very difficult time for you and your family, but I pray that God will be your comfort as you mourn for your loss and celebrate John’s life. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all. I hope you know how many lives he has influenced and blessed throughout his life. I am so grateful to have able to work alongside him for so many years.

    Please accept my sincere condolences,
    Tim Meade

  4. AICON 3D Systerms
    Mar 4 2014

    I want to express our condolences from AICON 3D Systems in both the US & Germany. John was a valued partner and friend to our company working together with Accurex Measurement to showcase our products to customers in the New England region. He was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family in response to this sad news.

    Dr. Werner Boesemann, President, AICON 3D Systems
    Paul Joss, General Manager, AICON Americas

  5. Marie
    Mar 3 2014

    Linda & Family
    We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much Love,
    Marie & Lennie jr.

  6. Anne Marie Donahue
    Mar 3 2014

    I am so deeply saddened to hear about the sudden passing of John. My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy go out to you Linda and to your children and grandchildren and to all family members of the dearly beloved John. Sincerely, Anne Marie Donahue

  7. Malcolm Kadra
    Mar 3 2014

    My deepest sympathies to the Matook family. John was a fine man and a friend. John loved his dogs and I will miss our walks in the Chebacco Woods with John and the dogs. His kindness and friendship will be in my heart forever. Rest in Peace John, Rest in Peace.

  8. Ken Portnoy
    Mar 2 2014

    I was saddened to read this evening of the death of John Matook. Although I never met him, I had the privilege of teaching his son and daughter at HWRHS. If by “their fruits ye shall know them” (as Matthew says), then I know that John was a truly wonderful man and father. My sympathies and condolences go to John’s family, especially to Jamie and Nick.
    Sincerely, and in sorrow,
    Ken Portnoy

  9. Donna McDonald
    Mar 2 2014

    Dear Linda,
    May you and your family feel the Lord’s presence and be comforted by his love and compassion. Love, Donna McDonald

  10. Diane Guiod
    Mar 2 2014

    Dear Matook Family, you are in my heart and prayers at this time. John was such a blessing in so many of our lives. He was dearly loved by all the children and young adults of the church and was a wonderful mentor to them all. My children always spoke so highly of him and remembered all the kindness he showed them throughout the years. He will be so dearly missed. His was a face I always looked for whenever I would attend an event or church, never wanting to miss an opportunity to say hello to him. John has left so many fond memories behind. May they be a comfort to you during this time. Most Sincerely, Diane

  11. Pat, Doug, Sarah & Julia Watson
    Mar 2 2014

    Our entire family is heartbroken at the news of John’s passing. He was a good soul, who was a tremendous source of support to our family over the past year, and a mentor to our daughters. We will miss him dearly. Our deepest condolences to Linda, Jamie, NIck, John, Timmy and Sopeet, and the entire Matook clan.

    We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers….

  12. Ed & Karen Contilli
    Mar 2 2014

    Dear Matook Family, Ed and I send our heartfelt condolences to all of you. May love of family and dear friends and wonderful memories help you through this very difficult time. Our love and prayers are with you. God Bless You, The Contilli Family

  13. Steven Tran
    Mar 2 2014

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
    With Love – Steven Tran & The Family

  14. Florence Spenard
    Mar 1 2014

    There are not enough words to express the loss that we all feel; just knowing that John was in our midst gave our comfort. Now that he is gone, the senses of confusion, sadness, and despair are setting in. My cousin was my rock during many very dark days, and was Scott’s “soul mate” when he was in his deepest depression and falling into the abyss to hopelessness. John never judged, criticized or accused; he simply loved and committed himself to fulfill a commitment he made to Scott, and above all, to himself. His love was unconditional and honest, and for that, I will forever be in his debt. He will always have a very special place in my heart and in my soul. Thank you John- Well done, good and faithful servant.

  15. Bob & Chris DeMarco
    Mar 1 2014

    Dear Linda and family,
    We are so saddened to hear of John’s passing. Our hearts are heavy with grief as we so fondly think of all our dear First Cong brothers and sisters and what a terrible shock and loss you are all facing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank God we have the assurance of eternal life and Jesus to carry us during our darkest days. God bless you and keep you wrapped up in His arms.

  16. Jacquelyn Fitzhugh and family
    Mar 1 2014

    Praying for you and your family. May the Holy Spirit continue to surround you and your love ones.

  17. Grant & Amanda Salthouse and family
    Mar 1 2014

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Matook and extended families. John was a great man with a generous heart.
    We pray that through this time the family would be drawn closer together and comforted in the knowledge that he is with his Father in heaven.

  18. Dave Kimball
    Mar 1 2014

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of John. He was a dear man and brother in Christ.

  19. Joan and Craig Henkels
    Mar 1 2014

    Craig and I are so deeply saddened by the sudden loss of John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time and in the weeks and months to come. With much love, Joan and Craig

  20. Jim Page
    Mar 1 2014

    To Linda, John’s children, family and friends my condolences on your loss. John was a special person who was able to raise my spirits during our last conversation with his kind words. May all the happy memories that you shared with John assuage the hurt you are now feeling. God’s peace be with you all.

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