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1917 - 2012
FALMOUTH -- Theodore Nicolaou died unexpectedly at the age of 95 on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Falmouth.
He was born on Nov. 11, 1917, in Athens, Greece, to Penelope (nee Markou) and Andreas Nicolaou. His father was a bank director, and the family traveled where his job took him, both within Greece and abroad. As a child he was known as Toto.
He graduated from University of Athens Law School, but never practiced law. He entered officer cadet school and served as a lieutenant in the anti-aircraft artillery of the Greek Army. He fought for his country at the start of World War II. While the country was under German occupation, the Greek military was decommissioned and he returned to civilian status. During this time he succumbed to at least one beating at the hands of the occupiers. Toward the end of the war he was a passenger in a small single-engine plane that crashed in an open field. He walked away unscathed. Following the liberation, he returned to military status to fight in the Greek Civil War (1946-1949). At one point he was grabbed by the communists and put in an execution line, but was released when someone from the neighborhood yelled, 'He is his mother's only son.'
Theodore Nicolaou married Avis Perkins in 1960. They lived in Athens for most of their married life, where he worked as a businessman and she for the United States government. He enjoyed each and every day and did not allow himself to be dragged down by the more solemn concerns of life. Like all Greeks, he partook of the daily nap. He was an avid sailor (weather be damned), found pleasure in fine chocolate, and believed that all food should be crispy.
He was predeceased by his wife Avis; his sister Aki; and many other people. He is survived by his sons, Andreas and Alexander; his daughters-in-law, Wendy and Heather; and his granddaughters, Katherine, Gabriella, Clare, Grace, Stacey, and Rain.
He was a peace-loving man who never shied away from a good fight, a health nut who liked his vegetables deep-fried, and an admirer of nature who preferred to live in city.
He was a hugger and a kisser, and we always knew we were loved. He was our father and our grandfather.
A service to celebrate the life of Theodore Nicolaou will be held at the Wilde Chapel in Portland at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.
In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that you hug and kiss each other every day and drink
the occasional glass of ouzo accompanied by crispy appetizers and
enormous quantities of chocolate.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on December 19, 2012