Print

DAVIS, Nick

June 26, 1923 - June 7, 2018

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

 

NICK DAVIS - was born June 26, 1923 in Asia Minor (now Turkey).  At that time, it was only his father Dimitri, his mother Eugenia and his older sister Xanthippi.  Greeks were all being evacuated from Turkey.  The route they chose to take was by land to Thessaloniki which became home.  Nick was only 2 years old at that time. A few years later, Nick was welcomed with two younger sisters – Marika and Georgina.

 

Life was not easy in Greece.  WWII and civil wars had taken their toll.  From a young age, Nick had always wanted to be a mechanic.  He had a true passion for this trade.  He was fortunate that in the Greek army he learned to be a mechanic. After the wars he met Sophia and they were wed.  Later with a baby on the way, they felt that life was going to be impossible in Greece.  A decision was made to immigrate to Canada.

Life in Toronto wasn’t that easy.  Many hardships were endured.  Work did not come easily, and language was also a huge barrier.  He now had two little girls to support as well – Jenny and Lilie.  Nick eventually got hired by Shell Canada. TThe business became his and Nick Davis became proprietor and owner of a Shell service station. It was at the intersection of Queensway and Kipling Ave.    It became a landmark in the community.  During his routine health exam for Shell he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  A disease he fought with diligence for the rest of his life

Nick worked many long hard hours – typically six days a week.  They wanted a better life for their two daughters.  Nick also helped out his family back in Greece as well – never forgetting his roots and hardships.

Anne came into Nick’s life at the perfect time.  The two of them were married and enjoyed years of wintering together in Florida and travelling to different parts of the world.  Eventually, they moved their trailer to Uxbridge, where they continued to enjoy many more summers there as well.

Nick was happiest when he was able to build something.  This was his true passion.  Throughout his entire life, he was not happy unless he had a screwdriver, wrench or hammer in his hand.  We used to kid him and say – if there was an earthquake – if Nick had built it – it would still be standing!

Nick and Anne shared many happy years together enjoying movies, dinners and outings and of course lots of travel.  They particularly loved cruises.  Their last cruise was across the Atlantic which they have very fond memories of.

Nick was blessed with grandchildren as well.  Vanessa, Jonathan, Brain and  Stephen.  Sometimes his advice to them was a little ‘unconventional’, to their mother’s ears, but they laughed along with him.

 

 

Nick took all of his health ailments in stride.  He would trust the opinion of the Doctors, and attempt to exercise and be active every day. Always with a positive attitude which may have helped him make it to the age of 94!

Anne’s energy and commitment was incredible.   As his health started to decline, she was by his side caring for him, day and night

He leaves behind his loving wife Anne, his daughter Jenny and her husband Dave, and their son Brian.  His daughter Lilie, her husband Mitch and their children, Jonathan,  Stephen and  Vanessa and her husband Ryan and their daughter Sophia

His sister- in- law Betty and husband Warren.  Their children David and Diane.

Nick also had a strong connection to and will be dearly missed by  his sister Georgina.  As well as nieces and nephews in Greece – Soula, Evgenoula, Stratos, Despina, Ritsa, and Fofo.

Nick died peacefully while at Sunnybrook Palliative Care.

He led a very full and happy life.

Rest in Peace

Visitation will take place in PAUL O’CONNOR FUNERAL HOME, 1939 Lawrence Ave E. (between Pharmacy and Warden) on Sunday June 10th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.    Funeral service in the chapel on Monday June 11th at 11:00 am with Internment at Pine Hills to follow.

In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

 

Leave your message of condolence*



You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  



2 thoughts on “DAVIS, Nick

  1. Dear Anne
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Nick. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Dave and Tanja Courtney

    —Tanja Courtney, COURTICE -
  2. Annie, I’m sorry so to hear about the passing of your husband. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    —Christine Courtney, Ottawa -