Obituary of Nicholas Germanakos
Nicholas Germanakos passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019. He was 85 years old.
Nick was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 10, 1934. He was the first child and eldest son of Spiridon and Evanthia Germanakos, who both immigrated to the US from neighboring villages in Sparta, Greece. When Nick was two years old, his family moved to Brooklyn, NY. As a teenager, Nick spent his summers working the counter at the original Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics from Hunter College, Nick was inducted into the US Army and completed basic training at Fort Dix, NJ. He was honorably discharged at the end of the Korean War and started his career as an educator at St. Spyridon Parochial School in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.
In the summer of 1961, Nick married the love of his life, Claire. They lived in the Bronx, and during their first few years of marriage Claire typed Nick’s graduate school papers while he earned his master’s degree in education from St. John’s University. After two years at St. Spyridon, Nick began working for the New York Public School System in the South Bronx where he spent the remainder of his career, first in the classroom and then as a Special Education Guidance Counselor. He and Claire moved to New City with their two young children in 1972.
Nick retired in 1991 and worked as a substitute teacher in Rockland County. He and Claire cared for their elderly parents, and in their spare time attended the theater and opera, went to Yankee games, and traveled. Nick loved going to new places, both in the US and abroad. He and Claire visited 48 of the 50 States, as well as numerous countries across Europe. For their 50th wedding anniversary Nick and Claire took a trip to China where they walked on the Great Wall and cruised down the Yangtze River.
Nick was a quiet man, known for his kindness and compassion. He put his family’s needs before his own and asked for little, while giving generously to everyone he held dear. Nick’s loved ones are very grateful for his guidance and wisdom. His passing leaves an unfillable void in the lives of everyone who knew him.
Nick is survived by Claire, his loving wife of 58 years; son Stephen and daughter-in-law Bernadette; daughter Evelyn; sister Angela and brother-in-law Ted; sister-in-law Connie; sister-in-law Dorothea and brother-in-law Edward; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, George.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday, November 18, 2019 from 2pm – 4pm and 7pm – 9pm at Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home, 728 W. Nyack Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 10 am at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1 Marycrest Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New City Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Rescue Squad, www.newcityems.org.