On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, Nicholas Vasiliadis, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at the age of 90. Niko was born on 22nd of October 1930 in Kato Poroia Greece and was the youngest child of Giorgos Vasiliadis and Parthena Mouratidou Vasiliadou.
Niko received two diplomas in Germany for Men’s and Women’s design and suit making. He continued his career as a shop operator and owner till the age of 87. Niko immigrated to the United States in the early 60s and returned to Greece to marry his beautiful young bride, Lambrini Pagiota in 1968. Together they raised two daughters, Parthenope and Panagiota.
Niko had a passion for all things beautiful. He was a lover of nature, animals, beaches, travel, culture and language. He was definitely described as the wilder and the most rebellious of his siblings and although he only had a 6th grade traditional education, he could read newspapers and speak like the most educated, his wife would proudly proclaim.
Year around, Niko was known to close his shop in Greece every afternoon to run to the beach and go for a swim. His winter swimming landed him and his friends in local newspapers annually. Black and white photos, where they stood posing for the newspaper photographer. Young, wild and free, arms interlocked, smiling and laughing in speedos and bikinis in the cold winter months.
Niko loved to travel through Europe and would disappear for weeks at a time searching for the next beautiful site and the next memorable adventure. Niko learned many phrases in foreign languages and upon meeting a foreigner would joyfully try to converse with their native tongue, sing a song he learned from their country and try to portray the best he could the love he had for their culture, language and people.
Niko was known to give money and clothes to all homeless he would encounter. At times, he would even lay money on the street when he would see a homeless person approaching to save them the possible embarrassment of taking money from his hands. In his final years, when he was cared for by his daughter Panagiota, he would nudge her to open her wallet and give to all those in need that they would see on their adventures.
Niko was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and all his siblings and is survived by his daughters and four grandchildren, Giorgos, Nikos, Lambros and Eleni.
Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, the family will be having a private service. The family asks all those wanting to make a donation in Nicholas’s memory to do so at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or by giving to the next person you see in need.
“Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, Make our Earth an Eden, Like the Heaven above.”
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