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Nickolas Giotis, Urgel Bourgie / Athos

Nickolas Giotis
1930 - 2021

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Nickolas Giotis

“Μη μου θυμώνεις μάτια μου, που φεύγω για τα ξένα
πουλί θα γίνω και θα ρθω, πάλι κοντά σε σένα
Άνοιξ' το παραθύρι σου, ξανθέ βασιλικέ μου
και με γλυκό χαμόγελο, μια καληνύχτα πες μου”

Peacefully and surrounded by his family, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Nicolaos Giotis, passed away at home at the age of 91.

He leaves behind his loving wife Eleni, devoted daughters Fotini Claire (John) and Angie (Hovik), and adoring grandchildren Julian, Adriana, Evan and Nicole. Fondly remembered by his siblings, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, many nieces and nephews, and close friends, both in Canada and Greece.

Nicolaos was born in Yiannena, Greece. He grew up on a farm and for his love of animals, decided as a child to be a vegetarian. However, he had to give up this ideal when he served in the Greek Navy as a young man. He met Eleni in Athens, where he was working as a police officer, and decided to follow the girl of his dreams to Canada. Together, they faced the challenges of immigration, established a family, worked hard running a business and built a better future for their children. In this new land, they continued to celebrate the traditions of their culture, while also embracing the opportunities and values of their new homeland. There were many Friday night family dinners out, Saturdays at the movies and gatherings with family and friends. In later life, he had memorable travels to Greece, spending time with his family there and reconnecting with his roots.

His health had been declining for several years, and despite diminishing physical abilities, he remained optimistic and looked for opportunities to lift the spirits of those around him. Nicolaos cherished his family and was always there to support and love them. He led a principled life and by example, taught his children and grandchildren: honesty, hard work, integrity, and to value education. He loved to share his knowledge of world history. His measured words and kindness will always be remembered. His wife, children and grandchildren are forever grateful for his courage and thankful for his long life and steady presence.

Many thanks to the physicians, nurses and staff of the CLSC and Sacré-Coeur Hospital and caring friends and family, who have helped Nicolaos to remain with his beloved wife, in their home, throughout his later years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 4, 2021 from 5 pm to 9 pm at Urgel Bourgie, 3955, chemin Côte-de-Liesse St-Laurent (Québec) H4N 2N6.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 11 am at Archangels Michael and Gabriel Greek Orthodox Church, 11801 Av. Élie-Blanchard, Montréal, QC H4J 1R7

The family will receive relatives and friends at :

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Visiting Hours

Monday October 04, 2021 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday October 05, 2021 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Funeral service

Funeral will take place on October 05, 2021 11:00 AM at the following address: Église St-Michael Greek .

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Messages in memory of Nickolas Giotis

John Romagnino
October 10, 2021
Nickolas was a kind soul who above all else loved his family completely. He was honest, hard working, and had integrity. He also loved life and had a great sense of humour. His daughters and grandchildren were his pride and joy. The depth of this family love became even more evident as I witnessed his wife Eleni and beautiful daughters Fotini (Claire) and Angie who supported him throughout. At the very end they would not leave his side, and watched him with mournful tears slip into a peaceful and eternal sleep. God Bless. Nikolas rest in peace, you will be greatly missed. Your son, Yiannaki
Gail Elliott
October 04, 2021
My friend Angie told me about her Dad's love for and extensive knowledge of Greek history. Reading his lovely obituary has left me knowing that his was a life well lived. And so for him and for that life I share this poem by the renowned Greek poet Constantine Cavafy. It is the journey that matters. He was loved. Ithaka BY C. P. CAVAFY TRANSLATED BY EDMUND KEELEY As you set out for Ithaka hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. Laistrygonians, Cyclops, angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them: you’ll never find things like that on your way as long as you keep your thoughts raised high, as long as a rare excitement stirs your spirit and your body. Laistrygonians, Cyclops, wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them unless you bring them along inside your soul, unless your soul sets them up in front of you. Hope your road is a long one. May there be many summer mornings when, with what pleasure, what joy, you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time; may you stop at Phoenician trading stations to buy fine things, mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony, sensual perfume of every kind— as many sensual perfumes as you can; and may you visit many Egyptian cities to learn and go on learning from their scholars. Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is what you’re destined for. But don’t hurry the journey at all. Better if it lasts for years, so you’re old by the time you reach the island, wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way, not expecting Ithaka to make you rich. Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey. Without her you wouldn't have set out. She has nothing left to give you now. And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you. Wise as you will have become, so full of experience, you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

Online ceremony viewing

Urgel Bourgie / Athos offers an online ceremony viewing service for family and friends.
This service is available on any desktop computer, tablet or smartphone for anyone who cannot attend the service in person.

The pictogram below will be displayed in the obituary section and enable loved ones to access the online ceremony viewing service.

Online ceremony viewing is available at our Beaumont, Beaubien and Lasalle funeral home complexes and Côte-de-Liesse and Saint-Hubert cemeteries.

Please contact us at 1 844 735-2025 for more information.

 
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