Nicholas Alexandros Proestakis
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Nicholas Alexandros Proestakis
  • October 13, 1927 - October 17, 2017
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

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Our beloved, Husband, Father, and Papou Nicholaos (Nick) Alexandros Proestakis passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family after a short illness, on Tuesday morning, October 17, 2017 at the age of 90 years old.
Nick was born October 13, 1927, in Gavalohori, Crete, Greece to Alexandros Nicholaos Proestakis and Kiriakoula Papadakis. Nick was the fourth of ten children. Nick left Greece for a better life and to help provide for his family back home in April 1952. He arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and then went to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and finally settled in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1958, while visiting his sister in Price, Utah he met his future wife, Athena Manousakis. They were married November 16, 1958 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. In Salt Lake City Utah. Nick and Athena were blessed with three children.
Nick was employed as an auto body mechanic and retired in 1993. Nick was employed at the Ken Garff Body Shop at the time of his retirement. Nick was a perfectionist and because of the quality work that he did, he was highly sought after in this field.
Nick was an active member of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake City, Utah. Nick was very active in the Cretan Community serving as a board member of the Minos Chapter of the Pan Cretan Association of America, and as the First Vice-President of the Cretan Juniors. Nick loved his church and his family. He was also proud of Greek heritage and especially proud of his Cretan heritage. Nick instilled in his children and granddaughters the importance of family, church, hard work, integrity, and to be proud of who you are regardless of your circumstances in life.
Nick loved to garden and was especially proud of his grapevines. He loved spending time with his granddaughters, telling them stories of his life as a child in Greece. Nick also enjoyed road trips to Canada, California, and Arizona to visit his family and daughter. He also enjoyed weekend trips to Price, Utah and out west to Wendover, for a little fun.
Nick is survived by his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Athena. His son Alexander (Alex) Nicholos Proestakis, his daughter MaryAnn Proestakis, son-in-law Vaughn Smith, and his granddaughters Danielle Proestakis, Nichole Proestakis, Andrea Proestakis, Andrea (Rob) Jacobsen, and his great-grandson Max Jacobsen. His sisters Vasiliki Daskalogiani, Zoy Piperaki, and Tasia (Mihali) Piperaki in Crete, Greece. His brother Paraskeva (Kaliope) Proestakis in Lodi, California. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Katherine Zervos, Emmanuel (Margie) Manousakis, Kostoula Manousakis, Mary (Deno) Kambouris, Presbytera Zoy (Fr. George) Politis, Fr. Nicholas (Presbytera. Kostoula) Manousakis, Sophia Manousakis (Steve Bassett), Dessie Manousakis, and George Himonas. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and God children.
Nick was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Georgette Proestakis-Smith. His sisters Alexandra (Angelo) Peperakis, Antigoni (Manoli) Zografakis, Marika (Pavlos) Kanakakis, Chris Himonas, his brother Emmanuel (Maria) Proestakis, and his brother-in-law Mihali Piperakis, Mihali (Mitch) Manousakis, and Joseph Zervos.
It is very difficult to grasp the fact that Nick is no longer with us. We will always love him and miss him. He will always have a special place in our hearts, right next to Georgette and other family members that have passed. Nick is now with his beloved daughter, his parents, family and friends. We know that they have welcomed with open arms.

We would like to thank Fr. George Nikas, Fr. Elias Koucos, Fr. George Politis, and Fr. Nicholas Manousakis for all their prayers and support through this difficult time and all the family and friends for their prayers and visits during his illness. We would like to thank his doctors, John Luras and Robert Calame for their advice, visits, and care during his illness. Finally, we would like to thank all the staff at the Salt Lake Regional Hospital and the Salt Lake Regional Rehabilitation for the excellent care and kindness that they showed Nick during his illness.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 279 South 300 West, Salt Lake City. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Trisagion at 6:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations in Nick's memory to the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake City, at 279 South 300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Funeral Services entrusted to Wasatch Lawn Mortuary.