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Nickolas Spanos

December 17, 1933 December 11, 2020
Nickolas Spanos
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Devoted husband of Mary (28 years).

Loving father of: Scot, Kevin (deceased), and Kate (Martin) Kazee. Loving stepfather of: Leslie. 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Brother to: Bill, Danny, Fred, Susie, Carol (and deceased Pete, Mike, and Marlene). Pet father to: Dogs---Chip (and deceased Paczki & Cocoa) and Cats---Fifi (and deceased Zofia & Inka); also deceased: Chip and Buck two of his favorite horses, and Fleas his dog.

Nic was an amazing man gifted by God with many talents, skills, abilities, and interests. His resilience in life was remarkable…..from being hit by lightning to surviving head and neck cancer for almost 12 years.

He had a strong will to live, a zest for life, and exhibited such heroism in his suffering; it was only in the last week before passing he said: “I’m tired of hurting.” “I talk to God all the time.”

Nic had a keen appreciation for the skills and talents of others and liked to help develop them by sharing and teaching what he knew. He had a creative eye and creative solutions to even the smallest issues…lots of invention ideas. He was sensitive to others’ needs, and many have come forward with stories of his hidden kindnesses. “He had the warmest eyes” said a church friend. Deeply patriotic, he loved his country. Nic had a fine eye for color, fashion, design, and detail. He enjoyed all things history (including antiques) and served on the City of Warren’s Village Historical District Commission. Years ago, he was active in downriver community drama and stage productions.

Nic was a PHENOMENAL chef and the GREATEST dancer (be it the two step, country-western, polka, waltz, tango, 50’s/60’s--just the best twister ever) with a well-tuned ear for music. He enjoyed strum- ming the guitar and playing the keyboard and harmonica. He loved nature and animals---especially horses and was a skilled horse trainer and rider. A friend called him the “Greek Cowboy.” His Flying Horse Ranch reached out to children with special needs way before today’s trend. Nic was well-read---so much interested him; he could talk to anyone about anything. He played international hockey with his late brother Pete. Nic enjoyed drawing and oil painting, loved cars and trucks, flea markets, gardening, fish ponds, and always had a project going---he once built a pole barn and a gazebo. He participated in holiday craft shows with his “Birds of a Feather” nature creations and wrote poetry for special occasions.

Nic was the Medical Photographer at the Wayne State School of Medicine for 45 years. He also did photographic illustration, some forensic photography, and professional and family wedding photography. After retirement, he enjoyed the daily company of his many friends at Tim Horton’s. He was always making new friends…including Jim Fouts, the Mayor of Warren. Nic had the most fun family reunions! He loved to give surprise gifts; money was important to him insofar as what he could do with it for others.

Nic will be missed by us but most likely, won’t miss us-----he’ll be so busy in his new home enjoying health and reconnecting with family, friends, and his beloved pets.

Special thanks to the ENTIRE Henry Ford Hospital medical team there for Nic every step of the way…including and especially Dr. Brian Massaro and staff; also Dawn, Tonya, Tahir, Sue, and Jessica. Neighbors and friends like Linda and Jeff, Todd and Diana, Lian and Roger, Bonnie, Joanne, Tim Horton friends, my brother Bruno, sister and brother-in-law Angeline and Frank, niece Angela, Father Paul of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Father Andy and Deacon Paul and Mary Lou of St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Paddy Lynch and all the Lynch Funeral Home personnel, plus any one I may have missed.

His Funeral Service will be Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11am at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 760 W. Wattles, Troy, Michigan 48098.


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