1985 - 2022
Born in Sydney, Nicholas Kotsis (Nick, Nik or Niko to his family and friends) was just 8 years old when his father Stylianos and mother Athanasia returned to Greece, taking young Nick with them. But his connection to Australia remained strong as it did with the members of his family that remained, including his brother George. Throughout his childhood, Nick and his parents returned regularly, and he often attended school while he was here.
But tragedy struck when Nick was in his early twenties with the death of his mum. Eventually he would choose Greece as his home country and embraced Mediterranean life; travelling and exploring much of Europe. It wasn't until 2018 that Nick returned to Sydney to help renovate a property owned by his father. Dealing with builders and compliance with planning regulations are not for the faint hearted, but he approached both challenges with his typical can do… will do attitude.
Like many of his countrymen, Nicholas Kotsis was strong minded, strong willed and determined. He cared deeply for his family and friends and enjoyed the time spent with them. But he revelled in pointing out the Greek origins of the English language and took great delight convincing others that the Greeks discovered New Zealand first.
He was humble and courteous with a trademark smile, friendly nature and charismatic charm that endeared him to everyone he met. Nick loved life, he embraced it with both arms, and he made the most of it. He fought hard to overcome his challenges and held a strong belief in right and wrong.
His sudden and unexpected death on Friday 18th February 2022 was a great shock to those of us who loved and cared for him. Although we grieve and struggle with the sense of loss, we take comfort knowing that Nick will be reunited with his mother and forever safe in the arms of Angels.
Wednesday 2nd March 2022
St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
203-207 Livingstone Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Commences @ 5:00 pm