John Patrick Nairn, D.M.D.


A devoted husband, loving father, adored grandfather, and loyal friend died quietly on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 surrounded by his children.   He loved reading, golfing and being the most caring, gentle dental professional who was beloved by his patients.  He took exceptional pride in his grandchildren and a home overflowing with warmth and love. During his 84 years of life, he always placed his family first, serving as an example of remarkable faith and exceptional love to those around him. Born the youngest child of Alphonsus Joseph Nairn and Anna Ruth Ryan, Dr. Nairn moved often in his younger years, finally settling in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in 1945. At Saints Cosmos and Damian High School, he met the love of his life, Rachel Antionette Sarafite.  They married on August 6, 1955, while Dr. Nairn was enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh.  While an undergraduate student, he was granted early admittance into the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine and graduated in 1957.  Upon graduation, Dr. Nairn served as a Captain in the United States Army stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia.   Dr. Nairn and his wife settled in Washington, Pennsylvania a few short years later.  Dr. Nairn practiced dentistry in Washington for over 50 years and was an active member in numerous dental associations.  When he was not with his family, Dr. Nairn’s practice and patients were his passion until he retired at the age of 81.  Dr. Nairn was also a member of several golf clubs where he enjoyed playing golf with his friends.  Dr. Nairn was a long-time member of Immaculate Conception Church and more recently, Saint Hillary Church, both in Washington, Pennsylvania, where he reinforced his high morals and strong faith. 

Dr. Nairn is survived by a daughter, Dr. Sandra J. Nairn of Moorestown, New Jersey, two sons; Dr. John P. (Denise) Nairn, Jr. of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, Dr. Gregory A. (Elizabeth) Nairn of Venetia, Pennsylvania, six grandchildren; Matthew John Raphael Nairn, Caroline Rachel Connors, Isabella Marie Nairn, Sarah Marie Connors, Rachel Mary Nairn, Andrew Joseph Nairn, and two sisters; Anna Ruth Pepper of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, and Laura Jane Winters of Jeannette, Pennsylvania.

Preceding him in death are his wife, Rachel Antionette Nairn; a brother, Alphonsus Joseph "Joe" Nairn; and a sister, Mary Patricia Platt. 

A private family ceremony and private Mass of Christian Burial is forthcoming.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, Arrangements are under the direction of the Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson at East Katherine Ave. Washington, S. Timothy Warco, Supervisor/Director, Susan Falvo Warco, Director, S. Timothy Warco II, Director.  Online condolences may be expressed at