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Newton Akashian

Newton R. Akashian Jr.

December 4, 1940 - November 29, 2020
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Newton Robert Akashian, Jr, “Newtie”, of Boynton Beach, FL, formerly of Chelmsford, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Janet K. (Stetson) Akashian, with whom he shared 5 glorious years of marriage.

He was born on December 4, 1940 in Lowell, a son of the late Anna (Cassidy) and Newton Akashian, Sr.
He graduated from Keith Academy in Lowell and then went on to serve in the Coast Guard. He later became a well-known hairstylist and owner of Newton’s Hair Salon. He was also the owner and educator of the Lowell Academy Hairstyling Institute, where he was a mentor to all.

Newtie participated in, and won, many state and national styling competitions over the years before retiring in 2011. Newtie was a proud lifelong member of the Lowell Elks. He was also an avid tennis player having won many tournaments, plus awards in men’s leagues. He enjoyed a good game of golf with his chums. Some of his favorite hobbies were playing cribbage with his wife and drawing and painting.

He especially liked spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren and his cute little fur babies, Daisy and Schnitzel. He was a very positive man and was kind and generous to all who knew him. He always wanted the best for everyone and would never place any judgement on anyone. He will always be known for his kindness, beauty and generosity.

In addition to his loving wife, Newtie leaves behind his children; Dawna Akashian and her husband, Sean Stanek, of Lowell, Kimberley Preston and her husband, Edmund, of Dracut and his son Newton Robert Akashian, III and his loving partner, Stef Yath, of Chester, NH, six grandchildren; Kelly Preston of Lowell, Rachel Preston and fiancé, Timothy Bell, of Manchester, NH, Olivia Preston of Dracut, Hailey Akashian of New Jersey, Jacob Akashian of Chester, NH, and Ryan Stanek of Lowell, his loving brother, Bruce Akashian and his wife, Kathleen, of Lowell, and his beautiful sister Barbara Huttig of Woburn, his special nephews, Brian and Brendan Akashian and special niece Kerry Akashian. He also leaves behind several other nieces and nephews whom he was very fond of, his dear friends Ed and Judy Gendreau and his two very precious dogs, Daisy and Schnitzel.
Sadly, he was predeceased by his beloved first wife Charlotte A. (Legenc) Akashian who passed away in 2012, and his dear brother-in-law Leon Huttig

The Akashian family wishes to thank the staff at University of Miami Hospital in Miami, FL for their professional, personal and loving care until Newtie’s last breath.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 2-5 pm in the BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD.

His Funeral Mass and interment will be held privately.

His Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on Monday at 9 o’clock and may be viewed by visiting https://chelmsfordcatholic.org/watch-via-livestream.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made Team Walk for Cancer Care, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854.
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    December 6, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    December 6, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Funeral Services and Interment to be held privately.


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Bill DeSelle

Posted at 10:00am
My friendship with Newt goes back to 1958 when his father was director of the Lowell Academy of Hair Design. We were the only two boys along with fifty women. His talent and creativity were natural to him it quite simply was in his blood. Newt was the winner of many local and National competitions. My memories of his father Mister A and his mother will last a life time. He had a gentle nature but below the surface was a steely toughness he used to influence others in achieving their goals. My condolences to his family and friends. The heavenly news is his return to family members who await his arrival.
In closing I say well done Newt well done indeed.
Bill DeSelle
Hollis NH


Posted at 08:02am
Newtie was a friend from our high school days. He was a kind, generous and caring person. We kept in touch through our mutual friend, the late Genevieve (Judy} Brosnan. My condolences to his family. Jeannie Sargent Judge

Pam Metropolis

Posted at 03:07pm
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Pam Metropolis

Dave Turcotte

Posted at 06:57pm
Hi Bruce,
My condolences to you and your families for the lost of your brother. My thoughts are with you.
Dave Turcotte

Ellen Shaughnessy

Posted at 11:17am
We knew Newtie for many years. He was always kind, gentle and we were never together that we didn’t share a few laughs. The joy and care he brought to this world will be missed. Hope he and Dick are together again.
So sorry for your families loss and hope the good memories soon comfort you in your loss.
Leo and Ellen Shaughnessy

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