Nicholas (Nick) Charles Paidas, 91, died on September 23, 2020 in Miami, Florida; the cause of death was complications from COVID-19. He was born September 22, 1929, to Costas and Maria (nee Michalopoulos) Psichopaidas of the south end of Stamford, CT and was raised Greek Orthodox. Nicholas graduated from Stamford High School in 1947. He served in the National Guard, and then in the Army from June 22, 1948 to Sept 4, 1950, ultimately receiving the Army of Occupation Medal for his service in Germany as US Army Supply Sergeant. In 1952, he converted to Roman Catholicism, and legally changed his name to Nicholas Paidas. Nick married the love of his life, Angela Marie (nee Mariano) on April 18, 1953 in Stamford, CT. Angie and Nick had two sons, Charles Nicholas Paidas MD, MBA (Professor and Vice Chair, Dept Surgery and Chief, Div. of Pediatric Surgery, Nemours Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware) and Michael John Paidas MD (Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, and Chief of Service, UHealth Tower and Jackson Health System, Miami, Florida).
After the Army, Nick remained in Stamford and was employed by Electric Specialty and Vic’s Liquors. He subsequently became owner of Piccadilly Liquor Shop, and was a constant presence in Ridgeway Shopping Center for nearly two decades. Moving to the Danbury, CT area in 1977, Nick purchased Fairwood Wines and Liquors in New Fairfield, CT. It was a lovely, familiar sight to see Nick behind the counter with Angie by his side, greeting customers, and their nephew, Raymond Mariano, lending a hand wherever he was needed. Nick was a connoisseur of wine and spirits, and many a family member, friend and customer benefited from his expertise. His work ethic and commitment to excellence were an inspiration to all who knew him. After Nick’s retirement at age 79, he and Angie moved from their home in Danbury, CT and lived with their son, Michael and his family in Madison, CT for 10 years. Since 2019, the family has settled in Coral Gables, Florida.
Growing up, Nick played basketball for the Stamford Boys Club. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, long time member of The Holy Name Society and their Nocturnal Adoration Society, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, having been recognized with 50 years of service. Nick “The Greek” loved bowling with the Holy Name Society league team, friends and family. He also enjoyed a love of Opera (especially the American-born Greek soprano, Maria Callas), fishing, and having his dog, Duke, by his side. He was a lifelong student of history, sharp as a tack in mathematics and ledgers, loved reading Papal history and was always up for a good discussion of current events. His grandchildren remember his unique combination of Yogi Berra and Norm Crosby expressions which they considered “Papou’s version of the world.” By far, Nick’s favorite pastime was being with his family.
Nick is survived by his beautiful wife of 67 years, Angie; their sons, Charles (Marianne nee Belsole) and Michael (Anne Marie nee Vanasse); five grandchildren, Christina, John, Adrianna, Nicholas, Lauren; two great-grandchildren, Dominic and Charley Grace; nieces, Christalene and Marian Skoumbros and nephew, Michael Skoumbros; first cousin, George Michalopoulos MD, PhD, and many other nieces and nephews by marriage. He was preceded in death by his parents, Costas and Marie Psichopaidas; sister, Polly and her husband, John Skoumbros; and many relatives of Stamford, Pardali, and Athens, Greece.
Mass will be held at Church of the Epiphany, 8235 SW 57th Avenue, Miami, FL 33143. For details, see Stanfill Funeral Homes, 10545 South Dixie Highway, Miami, Florida, 33156, Tel 305.667.2518 https://www.stanfillfh.com
Burial will occur at a later date in Stamford, CT. Donations in Nick’s memory can be made to ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, attention Nicholas C. Paidas St. Jude Memorial Fund, or via this link: https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/GiftFunds/GiftFunds?px=6807883&pg=personal&fr_id=39300
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