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Nick A. Giannaris, 76

September 29, 2010
  • Nick A. Giannaris
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MAY 27, 1934-SEPT. 28, 2010

Nick A. Giannaris, 76, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010.

Born May 27, 1934, in Neoxori Nafpaktias, Greece, he was the son of Apostolos and Maria Giannaris.

He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Maria (August 1969).

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Tina Kanelakis Giannaris of Agrinion, Greece; one daughter, Anastasia G. Tiches (Charles); two sons, Paul N. (Kristina) and Constandino N. (Jami), all of Hagerstown; nine grandchildren, Christiana, Nicholas and Alexia Tiches, Maria, Georgia, Avangeliya and Lydia Giannaris, and Eliana Giannaris and Grace Weaver Giannaris; two brothers, George A. Giannaris (Christine) and Constantine A. Giannaris (Tina), both of Harrisburg, Pa.; one sister, Anastasia Daskalakis (George) of Agrinion; and many nieces and nephews.

Nick was the founder and owner of Nick's Airport Inn restaurant for 49 years and formally the Sheraton Inn in Hagerstown. He built a reputation as a hardworking and hospitable businessman, but also a generous and caring philanthropist.

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He created the Evening with Nick, which funded many charitable organizations, including Children's Village, Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Heart Association, the John Marsh Center, HCC and Washington County Hospital. He also founded Christmas with Nick, an organization that brought together all those needing Christmas cheer. Over 15 years, Nick, along with Meals on Wheels and Turner's Transportation, fed tens of thousands of local residents. He supported HCC by funding a scholarship in the name of his late daughter, Maria Giannaris.

He was a longtime member of the Maryland Restaurant Association, the Rotary Club of Long Meadows, and past board member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1962.

Family will receive friends at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home at 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Greek Orthodox Trisagion Services will be held at 8 p.m. the night of visitation.

Funeral services will be at St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, on Friday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m.

Interment will follow funeral services at Rose Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Johns Hopkins Familial Cardiomyopathy Research, Heart and Vascular Institute, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 321, Baltimore, MD 21201; or to Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 920 W. 7th St., Frederick, MD 21701.

Special thanks to his devoted nursing staff of more than five years.

Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.douglasfiery.com.

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