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NICHOLAS P. PAPADOPOULOS

Born: Mon., Aug. 14, 1933
Died: Sun., Nov. 29, 2020


Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Dec. 05, 2020
Location: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church


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Nicholas Papadopoulos, 87, formerly of Woodbridge, CT, passed away in his home in Clearwater, FL, on Sunday November 29th, surrounded by family. He was born in Castori, Greece on August 14th, 1933 to Peter and Anna Papadopoulos. Nick immigrated by boat to the United States in 1951, for a better life following World War II and Civil War. He traveled to Norwich, CT, where he worked nightshift as a guard at the Thermos Factory and taught himself English by reading comic books. Nick soon became a truck driver, and met his wife Niki while building a chicken coop for his future father-in-law on the family’s poultry farm in Uncasville, CT. Nick and Niki married on October 25th, 1959, eventually settling in Branford, CT.

In 1963, Nick and his brother John opened Pizza House, on the corner of Edgewood and Howe in New Haven, CT. Nick and his wife Niki were prominent figures in the Chapel West District, and proudly supported their local community. Nick belonged to St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, where he and his wife made lifelong friends and raised their family. He was an avid Bouzouki player, and loved sharing his stories of music and travel with all. He spent the later years of his life enjoying retirement in Clearwater, FL. Though retired, Nick still enjoyed making pizza at the Pizza House with his family, when he traveled back home to CT. You could often find Nick spending afternoons sharing coffee with his friends, working around the house, or cooking dinner for his family with a smile on his face. Nick was an amazing cook, a loving husband, father, uncle, and friend, and the best “Papou”, not just to his grandchildren, but to everyone. May his memory be eternal.

Nick is survived by his loving wife E. Niki Papadopoulos of 61 years. His daughter Christine Alexiades of Woodbridge, CT and his son Peter N. Papadopoulos of East Haven, CT. He also leaves behind 4 grandchildren, Zena M. Alexiades, Nicholas A. Alexiades, Alexandra C. Alexiades, and Nicholas P. Papadopoulos, and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. He is survived by his sister Tasia in Greece, whom he spoke with via phone every day. He was predeceased by his brothers John and George.

Funeral arrangements by Celentano Funeral Home, New Haven, CT. Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be private. Family welcomes you to visit SaintBarbara.org for live streaming of the service, on Saturday December 5th, 2020 at 10 o’clock in the morning. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT 06477.

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The Athan Family: Ernie, Kiki, Ilia and Steven
   Posted Thu December 03, 2020
Dearest Niki & family,

We extend our deepest sympathies to you all.
May the soul of dear Nickolas be at peace with our Heavenly Father.
He will live on in our hearts and our memories for ever.

With love always, The Athan Family: Ernie, Kiki, Ilia and Steven

Lori Tracy and JJ
   Posted Sat December 05, 2020
Pete, so very sorry to hear of the passing and loss of your father. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless

J.D. SMITH
   Posted Sun December 06, 2020
TO THE FAMILY OF NICHOLAS PAPADOPOULOS , I AM VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. NICK WAS A VERY NICE MAN . HE HAD A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR, ALWAYS SMILING . I USED TO LIKE STOPPING AT THE PIZZA HOUSE IN THE MORNINGS, HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE AND TALK TO NICK AS HE PREPARED FOR THE DAY. NICK WAS ALWAYS A GOOD FRIEND TO THE MANY POLICE OFFICERS WHO STOPPED. NICK LOVED HIS FAMILY. REST IN PEACE. GOD BLESS YOU AND THE PAPADOPOULOS FAMILY.

John Semerzakis
   Posted Tue December 08, 2020
Niki Our prayers are with you and your family on the passing of Nick. Such a great person ,always remember his smile and such a great man. Our condolences to you Peter, Christina,and all your family from ours . God bless you all.

Joan Scarveles
   Posted Sat December 12, 2020
Dear Niki and family,
No words can ever convey how very sad I feel at the loss of Nick. More than 50 years ago, when I first became part of the St. Barbara community, Nick went out of his way to make me feel part of the community then and for years and years going forward -- as did you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

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