I am Aristotles Class of 1981. I say that because I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work closely with Nick for three years. As I look back on my life I realize how lucky I was to have Nick as a manager, a mentor, and a friend. He taught me that " people come first" and that you can treat your employees well and fairly and they will perform. Working with him at Aristotles was never work. He made it fun......yet was the boss at the same time. My condolences to his great family.
Working at a local bank in Bloomington, I always loved seeing Mr.Balaguras come in the bank. He always made me happier and took time to talk. He made the world a better place. I am so fortunate our paths crossed. I am truly sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Debbie Carpenter
To Jean, John, Jeff-- Perry and I are deeply saddened to hear of the death of your father. The Poet Sophocles once wrote, " One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been. Your father was a splendid man, we are lucky to have known him. I am sorry we are out of town, but our thoughts are with the family. Mae and Perry Sampanis
Dear Jean, John, Jeff and Diann --
Let me try this again -- for some reason my name got submitted but not the note I wrote you earlier today.
I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you in these days of loss. I was so sorry to hear that Nick had passed. I'm glad, however, that we Strykers got to spend some time with him recently on the occasion of Dad's 90th. Thank you so much, Jeannie, for making sure that he could join us, and that you could join us as well.
I have many wonderful memories of Nick -- and of all of you as our very dear neighbors for all those years. I don't know if you knew or remember that your Dad hired me to work at Aristotles the summer after I graduated from college and before I started graduate school. He was incredibly patient with me every time that I complained that the Telex (yes -- it was ancient times) would not cooperate with me. And he showed great forbearance not to yell at me when he found me reading the books that were already there instead of working the Telex to order the new books that needed to arrive to stock the shelves before fall classes started at IU.
Nick will be sorely missed.
We were Nick's neighbors--the house in back of his probably known to you as the old Stryker house. We are going to be out of town Saturday, or I'd come to the visitation. I enjoyed getting to know Nick. He had a great sense of humor and was always kind and helpful. I'll miss seeing him riding around on the old Snapper lawn tractor. He told me that you (his kids) wanted to buy him a new one. But he said he told you "no, it's going down with me!" He laughed and I laughed along with him. I've told that story to a number of other neighbors to give them some sense of his personality. Please accept my family's sincere condolences.