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Obituary: Nicholas P. Nicholaou, 87

Jul 14, 2017 03:38PM ● By Theresa Gilman

Nicholas P. Nicholaou

DRACUT, MA - Nicholas P. Nicholaou, age 87, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of Christine (Cakounes), with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. 

Nick was born on April 14, 1930, the son of the late Pandelis and Evanthia (Mesail) Nicholaou. He leaves behind his daughter Elaine Miscovitch and her husband Rex of Pepperell, MA; his son CMSgt. Retired George P. Nicholaou and his wife Noreen of Fitchburg, MA; his daughter Evanthea (Nicholaou) Anderson of Dracut and her two sons Kristofer Nicholas Dell and Alexander Victor George, whom Nick loved, adored, and was very proud of; a granddaughter Angelique and her husband Sean Mercier of Florence, Kentucky, and their two children Theah and Emma. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Peter Cakounes and his wife Sophia, his brother-in-law Ted Cakounes, his godchildren Nicholas Douzanis and Katherine Russell, along with many nieces and nephews, who he loved very much. 

Nick proudly served his church, the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church of Lowell, for 50 years. His various positions included serving on the Board of Directors as Secretary, Vice President and President. He also served as Chairman of the Youth Committee, Chairman of the Council of Churches of Greater Lowell and as a Sunday school teacher. Under the direction of the late Father John Sarantos, he was appointed as a reader of the Holy Epistles, learned to chant Byzantine music, and become a cantor for twelve years. He later received the Dioceses Laity Award on June 6th, 1997.

He served as director of the Middlesex Shelter Ministry of Lowell for the Transfiguration Church, supplying food, providing cooking and serving those in need. He was a member of the national AHEPA, later becoming President of the Dracut AHEPA, and a member of the Lowell ELKS lodge. He also served for several years on the Dracut Financial Planning Committee.

He was a graduate of Dracut High School, class of 1949. He also attended Lowell Commercial College, Raytheon Institute, and Lowell Tech School of Engineering.

Nick worked for Raytheon for 33 years as a lab foreman and manager of the IC War Radars and Bit Program of Radar Systems Lab. He was responsible for development of the Sam-D Receiver and the AMS Program Sam-D Consoles, which all became part of the Patriot Program. He was also partly responsible for the development of the prototype of the Sam-D (Patriot) missile with his great crew of individuals.

He is predeceased by his brother Demetrius; two sisters, Aphrodite Douzanis and Vasiliki Levas; and a lovable nephew Danny Nicholaou.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Lowell General Hospital and the Dracut EMS personnel who cared for Nick. Their level of professionalism and their genuine caring was much appreciated during this difficult time.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 16th, at the Dracut Funeral Home, 2159 Lakeview Avenue, Dracut, Massachusetts. His funeral will be held from the funeral home on Monday, July 17th at 9 a.m. followed by his funeral service at 10 a.m. at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA. Interment will follow in Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nicholas' memory to the Transfiguration Church Kitchen Fund, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA, 01854. Find us on Facebook under Dracut Funeral Home.
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