Nick Achilles Nickolas
Oct 27, 1927 – Aug 4, 2015
Nick A. NICKOLAS
Born to Achilles and Pauline Nickolas on 10/27/1927 in Tacoma, WA. Nick went to the Lord on 08/04/2015 in Redmond, WA.
Nick and his brother, Chris, were raised by their parents in Tacoma until the untimely death of his father when he was 11. At that time Nick’s uncle, John Christ, came to live with the family and raised the boys.
Nick graduated from Tacoma Lincoln High School in 1945 and College of Puget Sound (UPS) where he was instrumental in founding a chapter of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Nick went on to become an Elementary School teacher. After a few years of teaching Nick received a Fullbright Scholarship to teach in Greece. Aboard the ship to Greece he met his future wife, Nitsa Rallis of Sioux Falls, SD, who was also on a Fullbright. They wed in 1955 and made their home in Bellevue. Nick went on to receive his Master’s in education from Seattle University. He taught in the Highline, Bellevue and Kent school districts. He developed a program for students with special needs that was adopted by school districts throughout the country. He spent many years as a counselor where he impacted numerous lives. He was very active in the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption where he served many years on the parish council and also as president.
Our dad was a true family man, he attended all of our school activities and made each of us feel as if we were favorite. Nicks wife, Nitsa, the love of his life went to the Lord in 2002.
He is survived by daughter Paula Jean Nickolas and her partner, Steve Fierstein, Los Angeles, son Chris Rallis Nickolas and Lisa, Phoenix, AZ, son Deacon Mark Nickolas, PHD, Lynn, MA, and Vasiliki Nickolas and partner Shawn Burke, Redmond, WA and grandchildren, Thea, Eva and Sophia Nickolas.
Trisagion, 7:00 PM Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Bonney-Watson, 1732 Broadway, Seattle. Funeral service, 11:00 AM, August 7, 2015 at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, 1804 – 13th Avenue, Seattle.
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