James Theodore Nicolaou left this life on Wednesday morning, the 10th of October 2012, in Houston, Texas, following a courageous battle with liver cancer.
Preceded in death by his father, Evangelos ("E.T.") Nicolaou, James is survived by his loving wife Karen (Nash) Nicolaou, his daughter, Paige Nicolaou, his sister Diane Nicolaou, his mother, Kallie Nicolaou, and many cousins, aunts and uncles.
Born in Houston on July 23, 1958, James was proud to be a native Houstonian. He graduated from Bellaire High School in 1976 and Texas A&M University
in 1980, where he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and was a member of the Corps of Cadets.
James' twenty-five year career in the oil and gas industry took him around the globe from Houston to New York and London, from Fiji to Toronto, and most recently from Kuwait to Tokyo. At home in Houston, James was affiliated with the Houston Technology Center as an Energy Advisor and the Rice Alliance, where he was a frequent judge at the Rice Business Plan Competitions.
James will be remembered for the twinkle in his eye, his acerbic wit and his engaging personality. A man's man, James lived his life with passion. In his leisure time, James led a Texans tailgating team and was an avid supporter of the Rice Owls baseball team and the Houston Astros. A safety (scuba) diver and expert skier, he also enjoyed dove hunting in Mexico and pheasant hunting in North Dakota. Asked recently to describe a perfect day James responded, "A round of golf at the club with good friends followed by drinks on the 19th hole and then dinner at home with my family." He was a dedicated and loving husband to Karen and father to Paige and a devoted brother and son.
On Sunday, October 14th, Bradshaw-Carter Funeral home, 1734 West Alabama Street, will open for viewing at one o'clock in the afternoon. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until six-thirty in the evening at which time Trisagion Prayers and the eulogies are to commence. The funeral service is to be conducted at ten o'clock on the morning of October 15th at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Boulevard in Houston.
The interment is to follow, via an escorted cortege, at Woodlawn Garden of Memories in Houston. Serving as pallbearers are: Gary Alden; Tom Callins; Jacob Harrison; Kyle Merrill; Chris Nicolaou; Tim Nicolaou; George Pappas; Sterling Paulsen and Michael Purcell.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests, with gratitude, that memorial contributions in James' name be directed to Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Attention: Darlene Henson; The Salvation Army's Harbor Lights Choir; or to the
. Online tributes may be posted at www.bradshawcarter.com
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