James G. Nikas

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James G. Nikas

January 08, 1918 - November 03, 2018

James G. Nikas Ipswich - James G Nikas, of Ipswich, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the age of 100. He was born in Ipswich on January 8, 1918, to the late George and Vasiliki (Karambelos) Nikas, who emigrated from Greece in 1903. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sirmo J. (Rellas) Nikas.
He was a lifelong resident of Ipswich. He graduated from Ipswich High School, where he played football. During this time he also played semi-pro football with the Red Raiders, and semi-pro baseball. He was a lifeguard on Crane Beach. He was a member of the Merchant Marines during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion. He worked for the Salem Evening News, retiring from there at the age of 70, and was a member of the Typographers Union. He served on the church board for many years and was a lifelong parishioner of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church. He was also a member of the AHEPA. He spent many years riding his motorcycle down to Florida for the winter, and coming back to Ipswich in the spring.
He is also survived by his loving children, Valerie (Nikas) Zaccardi of Franklin, and George D. Nikas and his wife Diane (Shanholtz) Nikas of Colora, Maryland. He was a loving Papou to his grandchildren Angela M. Zaccardi and Nathan J. Zaccardi of Franklin, and Jessica A. Nikas of Colora, MD. He is further survived by three sisters-in-law, Sophie Nikas of Ipswich, Barbara Nikas of Ipswich, and Claudette M. Rellas of Mesquite, Ariz. Also several beloved nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.
Mr. Nikas was predeceased by his siblings, Ret. Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force Arthur Nikas and his wife Betty, Andrew Nikas and his wife Bertha, Panayiota (Pota) Nikas and her husband Earl Mace, Mary Nikas and her husband Michael Foustoukos, Nicholas Nikas and Ernest (Tucker) Nikas. He was also predeceased by beloved nieces, Karen Foustoukos, and Elizabeth (Nikas) Markos; nephews George Nikas, and Ret. Capt. U.S. Air Force Stephen M. Foustoukos; and great-nephews, Daniel Nikas and Andrew Nikas.

Visiting hours are Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Morris Funeral Home, 45 North Main Street, Ipswich, MA 01938. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 8 Lafayette Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938. To send a condolence to the Nikas family please go to MorrisFH.com.
Published on November 6, 2018
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