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April 30, 2013

John J. "Coach" Plasteras

Haverhill, MA — John J. “Coach” Plasteras, 92, of Byfield, formerly of Haverhill passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Wingate of Haverhill Rehabilitation.

He was born in Haverhill on March 13, 1921, son of the late James and Efterpe (Gianoukos) Plasteras.

John was a graduate of Haverhill High School, Class of 1940, and attended Georgetown University. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII stationed in the Pacific Theater. He was the owner and operator of J.P. Security and J.P. Oil Co. Also, he was appointed regional director of environmental affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Marine and Waterways, retiring in 1985.

John was a member of the Holy Apostles Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Haverhill, the Ipswich Greek Orthodox Church, Haverhill Kiwanis Club, Haverhill DAV, AHEPA Chapter 39, and was a past Director of the Boys and Girls Club. He was best known as a Haverhill High School football coach for more than 24 years, bringing them to the State Championship in 1955.

John was the husband of the late Mary S. (Sampsonis) Plasteras, who died July 20, 2006, and is survived by his three sons, James J. Plasteras, of Boston, John Plasteras, of Newbury, and Nicholas Plasteras and his wife, Melissa Miller, of Lynnfield, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral on Wednesday May 1 at 9:30 a.m. from the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill, followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, Haverhill. Burial with military honors will follow in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill. Calling hours at the Funeral Home will be Tuesday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Holy Apostles Church, 154-156 Winter St. Haverhill, MA, 01830. Condolences to his family may be made at