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BLUFFTON, SC- John Avanti Nai, 89, of Bluffton, S.C., husband of Dorothy Clark Nai, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 10, 2017. John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and dear friend to many.
John was born on June 14, 1928 in Lynn, raised his family in Danvers, MA and lived in Bluffton, S.C. for the last 20 years. He was a graduate of the University of Miami where earned his Business degree. He began his career at Liberty Mutual where he remained until his retirement. He also was a retired Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War.
In addition to his beloved wife, Dorothy who he shared 66 years of marriage, John is survived by his sons, John Nai, Jr. (Elise) of Walnut Creek, CA and Dean Nai of Weare, N.H.; daughter, Debra Dzierzak (Robert "Butch") of Hardeeville, SC; grandchildren, Amy Jones (Charles), Courtney Toombs (Matthew), Christopher Nai (Bridget), Timothy Nai, Allison Nai, and Jeremy Nai; and great-grandchildren, Savannah and Taylor Jones, Brady and Madelyn Toombs, and Max Nai and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francesco and Marjorie Donati Nai and his sister, Marion Dell.
John was an avid reader, golfer and fisherman. He cherished his time on Lake Cobbesseeconte in Litchfield, ME, where the family spent their summers. John knew his sports. He was well known amongst his family and friends as a passionate fan of his alma mater the University of Miami ("The U"), and specifically the Football program. In addition, his dear love for the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins was second to none. Perhaps his best moment in sports occurred in 2004 when the Red Sox finally won the World Series after an 86 year drought.
Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton, S.C. is assisting the family with arrangements. A memorial service will be held at a later date, yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in John's name would be appreciated.
Published on December 15, 2017
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