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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.

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Published in the Miami Herald on May 26, 2010.
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September 27, 2017
2017 and I still think of you, often..
I can see your smile, when I close my eyes.

Still missing you, Uncle Manny.. xoxoxox
Lynne Nicolaides
May 22, 2011
Dad, we miss you every day but know you are having a blast! Love you forever... Rory
rory lavender
May 21, 2011
It's been about a year now and just so you'll know, i always think of you as we pass the 64 mile marker. Hope you've had a good year.
Dan Probert
June 28, 2010
Nick: I'm sorry not to have a chance to say good by or asta la vista. I learned a lot from you. For ever thank you.
Eddy Blanco
June 22, 2010
My dear Godfather, it seems like yesterday and yet today is one month since you left us. I still look for your face and I can still hear your voice. You left a vacuum in my soul and in my heart. I miss you more than ever. I will love you eternally my dear Manny. I truly miss you.
Nivia Myers
June 12, 2010
Today there will be tears, today there will be laughter, tommorow it will be the smiles that you remember. I just know that my wonderful Dan already has Mr. N on His saiboat and they are sailing God's heavens and watching over us.
All love,
Dina, Peter and Christopher
Dina Dini
June 12, 2010
Uncle Manny, We are going to celebrate your life today. You were a great role model, Uncle, Godfather, friend. I enjoyed all the postcards you sent to me when you travelled. You never forgot your niece. I will miss cooking with you, eating with you, visiting with you and just hanging out with you and talking about everything and nothing. You are missed, you will be missed and you will always be in my thoughts. I love you.

Lynne Nicolaides & family
Lynne Nicolaides
June 11, 2010
Rory, Jeff and Nick,
Opened arms, opened door, opened mind; these are my memories of Mr. Nick.

Love and prayers,
Cindy Lane
June 10, 2010
Your California Family
Rory and Jeff- I wish I could have met Manny . . . sounds like he was a wonderful father and friend to so many. It's never easy losing a parent, but knowing he's with Jesus makes it a time of temporary separation and that means everything! Love you dearly . . .
Vanessa and Donny Wigton
June 10, 2010
I will miss you so much, all the fun times when we came to miami with norma going to so many different places and you being so patient while we shopped. helping you bake your koulourakia. fussing at us for not cooking the way you did. we laughed and laughed. there will never be a gracious host like you. Joella Theodosis
June 7, 2010
Our Dearest Manny, You were Frank's friend for 60 years and he and I feel so blessed to have had you in our lives. Your friendship to Frank and Charlotte and then he and I was so profound. You were a significant man. Your love of your children and Pat and all of us leaves a void. I still can not get used to not just picking up the phone and you coming up or us coming down. Frank and I Miss you daily. With so much Love Frank and Dottie Miller
dorothy miller
June 6, 2010
Manny, I will miss the calls each January when it was time to create a new year version of your Quicken accounts. Your favorite 'tech support' girl!

Rory, all my love and thoughts are with you, you were truly lucky to have such a fantastic father who loved you so dearly.
Aron & Richard Gladney
June 5, 2010
Manny, Milt and the girls- 2003
Milton Hunter
June 4, 2010
To Rory, Jeff & Nicholas:

The Benoit Family wishes to extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father, Manny.

We were blessed with his presence in our lives, loved him and enjoyed him for almost 18 years. He became a member of our family and together we
made lifetime memories. We all miss your father, Manny, but know that someday we will reunite with him in Heaven at our appointed time.

Thank you for having shared your father with us!

The Benoit Family
Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida and Texas
June 4, 2010
Dear Rory.
I got the sad news from Milan and I am really sorry for your loss. I know that you and your dad were so very close. He is still with you and will always be. My thoughts are with you and your family in those difficult times.
Lots of Love
Margareta Ericsson
June 4, 2010
Dear Manny:

Thank you for making my dreams come true. I miss you and love you, and unfortunately I never got to say good-bye. I will remember the good times because that's all there were. We were together every day since the latter part of 06. I wish it could have been longer. Traveling with you was a delightful experience. You were so well informed about the history of the countries we visited and were so friendly with strangers and helpful.

The devotion you had for your family was such a wonderful thing to see. You were also dedicated to your friends and the Elks, and quite a teacher, and such an honest and kind man, You gave of yourself to all.

Goodbye my gentle giant. I am sure you will be looking over all of us.

Patricia Vinock
June 3, 2010
Dear family, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't find words to express how I feel. Manny and I used to talk like if we were same age and same childhood. He was wonderful.
Love, Nuria
Nuria Melendez
June 3, 2010
Dad, Aunt Norma, Uncle Mike, Nick and Rikki
June 3, 2010
Dad and his parents, sisters, and brother
June 3, 2010
Dad and his beloved grandaughters
June 2, 2010
Nick, Dad and Rory
June 2, 2010
Dad and Pat
June 2, 2010
mike, norma and johnny karaphillis loved you with all their hearts and will have a dent in their hearts when you passed. we love you always and may
GOD smile on you always. all your loved ones up there are catching up with their beautiful stories. bye
my dearest brother, brother in law and
uncle emmanuel we will see you one day.
norma karaphillis
June 1, 2010
Dear Rory and Nick

Im so sorry for your loss. Manny was a wonderful person he will be truly missed.With love Angelo and Maria
June 1, 2010
May 30, 2010
So sorry for your loss...
Your Dad was a great guy...
Wish I could be there with you to celebrate his life...
My thoughts will be on you during the coming days...

Wayne Sloop
May 29, 2010
Deat Rory and Nick:

I need to share with you what your dear father meant to me.

I've thanked God for allowing your father's and my path to cross on July 12, 1988. It took a while before deciding to be together, but when we did, we remained together until 2006. During those years, I considered you my second family and loved you all.

Please know that my attraction for your father was his love of family, friends, profession, life, soup, and of course, God! He had a huge (soft) heart. He helped many. Together we shared families and friends and other treasures of life. It was good! We enjoyed so mamy good years together.

In 2006 it was necessary to continue our lives' journeys apart, as my family needed my assistance in Central Florida. In time, I realized this had been in God's planning. As for your father, I knew his life's journey was being well planned and he would be fine.

I am very thankful for the wonderful years we shared together. My life was enriched beyond words. I have and will continue to miss him forever.

My most profound condolences to you and your entire family,
Micheline Benoit-Tessier
May 29, 2010
Rory And Nick,
We want to extend our deepest sympathy for the passing of your Dad.
He was a good friend and great person.
We shared maney good times with him, and those wonderful memories will be with us forever.
Ralph and June Chislett
May 29, 2010
May 29, 2010
Dear Rory,

I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your father, with whom you were so close. I know your faith will give you strength and comfort at this sad time.

My love to you and Jeff,
Marie-Josephe Obrentz
May 28, 2010
Rory and Nicky,

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing, but know he is with the Lord now. He lived a long, full and rich life, and and was blessed by his family and many friends. I'm remembering a few stories from our high school years and just laughing to myself. I know you'll focus on all the happy times and great memories.

Love to you and yours,

Barb Rankin
May 27, 2010
Dear Rory & Nicky
I have been remembering all the good times we had with your Dad to many to list.Take comfort in the fact that your Dad didn,t suffer and is with our Lord,
Bless both of you
Love Carolyn
May 27, 2010
As you know, your dad and I became fast friends while in the Navy. In fact we were almost like brothers. Our relationship continued as we became older, got married, had children and moved around the country. We were so much like family that our kids refered to your father as "Uncle Manny". We, like you, will miss him as he goes forward on his new assignment, but we wanted you to know that we are still here to support you and that our home is also yours.
Dan & Virginia Probert
Dan Probert
May 27, 2010
We only knew Manny in his later years when he visited you in France. But we could tell that he had a zest for life, and enjoyed being part of his daughter's life very much. No words can comfort or convey our heartfelt sadness at your loss. But, we truly believe that Manny's journey has successfully reached the far shore in God's good graces.
With our deepest condolences, Mary Jo & Barry Beswick
May 27, 2010
Rory and Nick,
What a dynamic person and friend we were priveledged to have in our lives.
Your father will be missed. The Lord has a wonderful servant. May you be strong in knowing he is home with Jesus.
Prayers and hugs with love,
Kathleen Strong Sells
May 27, 2010
Dear Rory and Nick,

Although separated by distance and years, please know how much we all loved Manny. Your Dad became my "Godfather" and let me help take care of baby Rory on Saturday afternoons in Houston so many years ago. He made a little girl feel so special. Years later, both of your parents were so caring and gracious to "adopt" me and let me live as part of your family in your home for over a year. I have nothing but wonderful memories of that time--from sharing a room with Rory, teaching Nicky how to drive, to unconditional love by your parents. One of the fondest memories I will cherish is when you all visited us in Italy, and we did the grand tour. Although life and years intervened, when one reconnected with Manny (as I was blessed to see him several years ago), one just picked up where one left off.

Although no words of sympathy can ease the loss of such a wonderful man, husband, and father, I pray that God will give you and your family comfort and bless you with sweet memories.

Linda Beachler Roney
Linda Roney
May 26, 2010
Uncle Manny,
Thank you for being in my life, albeit way too short.
I love you,
Your neice Karolyn+
May 26, 2010
Hi Rory,

Your father had a full and blessed life, and was obviously loved by you and your brother and many friends. May you find peace in his passing.

Love, Barbara and Denny Metzler
May 26, 2010
Dear Rory,
I am saddened by the news of your father's passing.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
With my heartfelt sympathy,
Kathy Henneforth
(Pan Am/System One Co-Worker)
May 26, 2010
I lived a few doors down from you on 26th Road; many years ago. I was more Edwards age and we were friends; but I remember Manny being very nice and kind all the time. I remember many dinners at your house with your Mom's Greek cooking. I must admit that I was unaware of Edwards passing and that is also very sad. I also remember Virginia and Norma as being very nice to me and my sister Eileen. My best wishes to you all in this very sad time
Martin Karns
May 26, 2010
Dear Rory and Nick,

Your Patera was a man of great strength. He cared about others and was able to make me feel like part of the family at your home. You have a wonderful heritage. I still remember the Greek Lessons at your home, unfortunately none of us made it past kalimera.

We now say kalinikta to your Dad.

Prayers are with you.
God Bless,
Tim & Peggy Pappas
May 26, 2010
To the Nicolaides family,
I had the great pleasure of knowing Manny through the Miami studio of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. He was a terrific volunteer and one of the sweetest people I ever knew. I remember lending some guidebooks on Alaska to him when he went several years ago--I had gone the year before, and I was happy to share travel stories with him. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dad. I feel very fortunate to have gotten to know such a wonderful person.
Robin Forman
May 26, 2010
To Manny -

After 40 something years it's hard to imagine my life without you. From the time you taught me to hold my breath underwater till now you've been a true inspiration. I will so miss your sense of humor, amazing stories and your kind and gentle advice.
You are gone, in good hands with Betty Lou and Mom, but will never be forgotten.

To Rory and Nick -

Thank you so much for sharing your father with all of us!!! I feel blessed to have been a part of your lives for so long.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Much Love,
Deborah Tiger
May 26, 2010
Dear Rory,
I know how happy you are that your Dad has gone to be with Jesus. I also know much you are going to miss him!!! It was evident to everyone who saw you together how close you were and how much love was shared. I pray you find peace during this time.
Much love, Anne xxx
Anne Appleyard
May 26, 2010
Hello Rory and Nick, and family and friends. Our hearts are full of joy for all of the wonderful things as we think back on the wonderful man your Father was. Rory, it was sad to hear from mom (Syliva C) after you called her to let her know. There is a day we will all meet again. Looking forward to that! I love the memories of my Dad as we think back on everything that he meant to us and left us with! I know you do the same! Blessings in celebrating life!
Beth Andrews
May 26, 2010
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
May 26, 2010
Dear Rory and Nick,
My thoughts are with you both during this difficult period. I want you both to know how much I valued my friendship with your father Manny. He always had an open ear and was an inspiration and mentor for me. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

With respect,
Milton Hunter
Milton Hunter
May 26, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
May 26, 2010
Dear Mr. Nicolaides:
I feel blessed for having you as great boss, and an even better friend for 22 years of my life. I will miss you dearly, you were always there for me, with your warm smile, kind words and good wishes. People like you make this complicated world a better place to live in. Thank you for the gift of your friendship...I'm sure you are now in that promised place to all of us, in the loving company of your wife, and in care of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I refuse to say good-bye, for this is only temporary. Some day for sure, we will meet again!
I love you very much, my wonderful friend, Mr. Nicolaides!
Your friend always,
Maria V. De Mesa
HNGS Associates, Inc.
Maria V. De Mesa
May 26, 2010
I thought so much of this man...his kind, gentle ways. He had more class in his little finger than most anyone I know. My warmest condolences to the family he so cherished.
Mary Boughey
May 26, 2010
Dear Rory:
I read this while over the country in an airplane headed to San Diego. All I can say is that Manny was a wonderful man, full of life and wisdom. We will all miss him, but know he is in a better place. My condolences for your loss, and my prayer is that you will have a lot of joyful memories as you review your father's rich life.
Mark LeDoux
May 26, 2010
To the Nicolaides Family,

I still remember your Dad from my WCS days, and a true test of a man is the "fruit that falls from the tree." (I hope you did not land on your heads)He must be very proud of you all and knew that he was loved by you.

God bless you and comfort you in your days of sorrow, but knowing that he is having "FOREVER SUPPERS" with our LORD!

In Him that will keep you up,

Tim & Marian Hasty
May 26, 2010
Rory, Nick & the entire Family... It is with deep sorrow that I learn of the passing of our beloved Manny!! I have so many wonderful memories of time spent with Gray, Manny, the Hufseys, and the entire family of HNGS!! Know that my thoughts & prayers are with you in this time of loss but know that, like me, you have so many cherished memories. Love to all of you!!
Myra Dickert
May 26, 2010
Dear Manny,

You were always cheerful, playful and full of history. I loved listening to you when you talked about Greece. I will always treasure being with you and my mom at Tarpon Springs for the Greece festival.Thanks so much for being a great step dad and allowing our family to be a part of your wonderful loving family. Our time with you was too short.

Love always

Becka Card Swerdloff
Becka Card Swerdloff
May 26, 2010
to Rory, Nicky and family
Manny always spoke of you - your lives, your travels together and your futures with love and pride. We can remember the times we had with him. His volunteer work with professional, charitable and social organizations will surely be missed. We can be assured that he is with the Lord.

May your hearts be filled with the wonderful memories of joyful times together as we celebrate his life.
Jim Marks
May 26, 2010
Rory and Jeff,

We are sorry to learn of the loss of someone who was a great love of both of your lives.

Please know we will be lifting you up during the time of grief.

May God hold you close and give you His comfort and peace,

Mark, Kathie and Wyatt Parson
Pinehurst, North Carolina
May 26, 2010
Dear Rory and Nick: May God bless you as you sustain the loss of your dear father and may He give you both, as well as to all of your extended family, the "peace that passes all understanding..." Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dad.

With much love, Jeannie Whitman Lassez
May 26, 2010
so many wonderful memories from France
Dad, I love you and I miss you. Can't believe you left us so quickly. God blessed me with a father who was also the closest of friends, a fabulous traveling companion, and the list goes on. I know you had a joyous reunion with Mom, your mom, and so many others. Until we see each other again...
Rory Lavender
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