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NICOLAIDES, EMMANUEL NICHOLAS, born January 1, 1927 and left on May 22, 2010 for an extended visit with his departed family and friends. Mr. Nicolaides was born in Detroit, Michigan to Nicholas Emmanuel Nicolaides and Frances Evangeline Paparzis. A few months later, the family moved to West Virginia where they remained for 5 1/2 years while increasing their family with 2 daughters: Virginia Kate and Norma Irene. In 1932 the family moved to Athens, Greece in order to learn about their heritage, religion and language, spending their summers in Karpathos, a Dodecanese Island and ancestral home. While in Athens, the family had another son, Edward. Mr. Nicolaides received his first 5 years of elementary school while living in Athens. In 1937, due to the Spanish Civil War and the storm clouds of WWII, Mr. Nicolaides' family had to return to the United States, settling in Miami, where he continued his elementary education at the Coral Way Elementary School. He further attended the Shenandoah Junior High School and graduated from Miami Senior High School, after which he joined the U. S. Navy in 1944. While in the Navy, he attended electricians' mate school. He served aboard the ammunition ship U.S.S. Akutan, AE-13 until after the war was over and was held over de- commissioning ships. He was finally discharged in August of 1946. Mr. Nicolaides attended the University of Miami, School of Engineering, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering in June of 1949, after which he accepted a position with the firm of Guy B. Panero Engineers in Washington, D.C., converting the electrical systems of the Capitol Hill buildings to modern day 60-cycles A.C. systems. In November of 1951, after accepting a new position in Houston, Texas with The Austin Company, he married the former Elizabeth Louise Powell of Miami. Together, the newlyweds drove out to their new home in Houston, Texas where they remained with their two children, Elizabeth Rory, born in 1955 and Nicholas Emmanuel, II, born in 1956. Shortly after the birth of their second child, Mr. Nicolaides accepted a new position at Patrick Air Force Base for Pan American Guided Missile Range Division at Cocoa Beach, Florida. He and his wife later returned to their home city, Miami, to accept a position with the firm of Dignum Associates, Consulting Engineers, and in April of 1965, he left the firm to form his own engineering company with Mr. Berton Hufsey, known as Hufsey Nicolaides Associates, Consulting Engineers in Miami, Florida. After Mr. Nicolaides retired, he continued working in his field of expertise for years as a consultant. He enjoyed visiting friends and family all over the world. His life was enriched by his girlfriend and companion Patricia Vinock. Mr. Nicolaides is survived by a daughter Rory Lavender and son- in-law Jeff, a son, Nicholas and his three daughters, Nicole Cartledge, her husband Patrick and his great grandson Aiden, Rory Elizabeth and Christina Alexandra, two sisters, Virginia Kate Demery and Norma Irene Karaphillis, and several nieces and nephews, Menas and Karolyn, Mary Frances, John, Karolyn and Lynne and many friends, including those who called him Dad as well - Laura, Jane, Al, Flloyd and Nivia. Mr. Nicolaides was pre ceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth (Bettye Lou), and his brother Edward. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at the Miami Elks Lodge #948, 10301 SW 72nd Street in Miami. After the service, please stay for a reunion of family and friends celebrating Manny's full and rich life. Mr. Nicolaides volunteered many hours for the Florida Unit of the Reading for the Blind & Dyslexic. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the RFB&D. Donations may be made online or sent to this address: RFB&D National Headquarters, 20 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. View this Guest Book at www. MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.
Published in the Miami Herald on May 26, 2010
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