Nicholas (Nick) Keramidas, 85, of Carolina Shores, NC passed away peacefully at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, SC due to complications from COVID-19 on October 5, 2021. He was born on December 27, 1935, in New London, CT to the late Peter and Despina Smiros Keramidas.
He is survived by his loving and caring wife of 60 years, Dimi Nicolaou Keramidas, his children Annette Keramidas Smotas and her husband Dr. Paul Smotas of Calabash, NC; his son Peter Nicholas Keramidas of Carolina Shores, NC and his grand-daughter Melanie Krotsis and her fiancée Dr. Taylor Bryan of Holly Ridge, NC. He is also survived by his sister Vicki Eldridge of Plymouth, MA and brothers James Keramidas and Peter Keramidas, both of Waterford, CT, and many close family and friends.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter Despina (Debbie) Keramidas, his brother John Keramidas, and sisters Sue Keramidas and Dena Belk.
After graduating from New London High School in 1954, Nick joined the United States Marine Corp and proudly served until 1958. When he returned to New London, he was a dedicated volunteer firefighter. He met Dimi and soon thereafter they were married and started raising a family. Nick began his career at Pfizer in 1958, where he worked for 36 years in Research and Development until retiring in 1994.
Everyone who knew Nick, knows that he was there to help no matter the situation. He was loved and respected by all for his genuine caring personality. Nick had a passion for building and fixing things. He actually built the family home in Niantic where they lived for 42 years. After his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, he relocated with his wife to North Carolina in 2020 to be closer to family.
Nick enjoyed traveling with his family to many different destinations, especially to Clearwater Beach, Florida every spring. He also loved deep-sea fishing excursions where he participated in the local tournaments. Nick was a member of St. Sophia Orthodox Greek Church and volunteered in the kitchen at the annual bazaar.
The marine in Nick made him fight his progressing Parkinson’s disease and he even won the battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2020 which went into remission, but tragically succumbed to a break- through case of COVID-19.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff at the Grand Strand Medical Center and Homestead Hospice for their wonderful support and care given to Nick in his final days.
A Celebration of Nick’s life will be held locally and privately. A memorial in Connecticut will be held at a later date. Those details will be announced when finalized.
Donations in his name may be made to St. Sohpia Greek Orthodox Church in New London, CT or to a charity of your choice.
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Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet, (843.651.1440) is assisting the family with arrangements.
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