Nikolaos (Niko, Nick) Fournarakis

Nikolaos (Niko, Nick) Fournarakis

Niko Fournarakis passed away on August 15, 2013 at the age of 69. He was born in Iraklion, Crete, Greece on April 1, 1944 to Michali and Katerina Fournarakis. He grew up in Crete with his sister Marina. After high school, he served for 18 months in the Greek army. He then moved to Athens, where he went to the merchant marine academy and became an Officer in Radio Communications. He worked for six years on Aristotle Onassis' ships, visiting the major ports of the world several times. He met the love of his life, Dora, on bus 82 in Athens in 1968. He followed Dora to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1971 and married her on December 5th of that year. They eventually had three sons, Bill, George, and Christo. Nick completed his BS degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wyoming. After being recruited by Boeing, he moved his family to the Seattle area. Nick loved his job, working as an engineer for Boeing for over 35 years.

His highest priority in life was always his family. He spent endless hours helping his children with their school, coaching their soccer teams, and attending their numerous extracurricular activities. He was exceptionally proud when his oldest son graduated from medical school, when his middle son successfully took over the management of the family restaurant, and when his youngest son graduated with his BS degree in construction management. He was overjoyed at George's marriage to Jovanka and was eagerly awaiting the upcoming marriage of Christo to Olya. Nick was involved with his Greek community, running the lamb booth for 17 years at the annual St. Demetrios Church Greek Festival. He also worked with both the Mike Dukakis and Paul Tsongas presidential campaigns, serving as a delegate for Dukakis at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta in 1988.

His friends will always fondly recall his outgoing personality, his generosity in hosting numerous parties at his home, his kindheartedness in always helping others, and his expressiveness. His wife, children, sister, and extended family will always remember his steadfast support and unending love for them. He will be dearly missed. Kalo taksidi agapimene Niko mou, patera, adelfe, theio, filo, kai magka. AIONIA H MNHMH SOU. Safe journey beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. MAY YOUR MEMORY BE ETERNAL.

The trisagion service will be at 4:00pm, Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Bonney-Watson Funeral Home in Capitol Hill. The funeral service will be at 11:00am, Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle followed by the makaria meal at the Church's community hall and the interment service at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in Seattle.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Monastery, 5 Timmer Lane, Goldendale, Washington 98620.

Please view Nick's second online obituary with additional photos at

Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 18, 2013