Condolence & Memory Journal

I remember "little" Nick. We used to play football in front of his house, in the street, on Dale Avenue. "Nick, hike me the ball, nobody will cover you and I'll hit you with a pass over the center." It must have been 1965 to 1969. John, if you see this, give me a call (818) 644-5859.

Steve Gabel, Sherman Oaks, CA

Posted by Steve Gabel - Sherman Oaks, CA - Friend   March 23, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Nick. He was a wonderful mentor to me at Cleveland Clinic and one of the most kind and compassionate people I have ever met. Sending prayers to the family and friends of such a wonderful person.

Posted by Ashley Nemes    February 22, 2021

I really got to know Nick over the 10 years we served together on the IACUC committee at the Lerner Research Institute. He was always so mild-mannered yet very professional and responsible. I always enjoyed bumping into him and chatting about baseball and our children. He was very proud of his daughters. He was such a dedicated contributor to our science culture at Lerner, always helping to keep us compliant with the daunting myriad of regulations. I will miss his kindness and gentle nature.

Posted by Vincent Tuohy - Coworker   February 19, 2021

I got to know Nick over many years working at Lerner and Cleveland Clinic. Fond memories of eating lunches with him in the hospital cafeteria, he and I ran into each other a lot there. Talked about science, sports, but I most enjoyed hearing his stories about his family roots in Greece and the colorful national and local politics there. We also lived in the same suburb so he gave me good advice about teachers etc regarding our kids as they went up through the grades. He was very proud of his family.

Posted by Dennis Stuehr - Broadview Heights, OH - Coworker   February 17, 2021

As a colleague, I could always count on Nick for advice and guidance whenever I needed help with unfamiliar research projects. He was always willing to go the extra mile, had a smile at the ready, and could chit chat with ease when running into me in a random hallway or sidewalk on main campus. Such a kind soul...wishing his family peace and grace as they grieve, and much joy to Nick as he transitions into his next journey.

Posted by Jen M - Classmate   February 17, 2021

He was such a nice person to work with and always had a smile or a kind word. The world needs more people like him! Our hearts go out to his family.

Posted by Dawn M Taylor - Coworker   February 16, 2021

I was very sad to hear the news of my fellow Greek colleague's passing. Nick was a very honest, diligent, and kind person to work with and I valued him as a colleague. Always with a smile and always willing to help and make sure things got done well and all bases were covered. We will miss his ethos and his smile from our workplace here at the Lerner Research Institute of Cleveland Clinic. May he rest in peace and may his family and friends remember him fondly and proudly.

Posted by Dimitrios Davalos - Coworker   February 16, 2021

Nick was my labmate when I was a graduate student in Paul Fox's lab in the Department of Cell Biology in 2002. He never hesitated to help out and lend advice to a confused student, our relationship grew through my years at the Clinic. Much of the science I practice today can be traced back to lessons I learned from Nick.

Since then, whenever we crossed paths, He always asked me how things were and asked about my kids. Our discussions of Cleveland sports were never short of interesting. I am proud to call Nick my friend and will miss him dearly.

Posted by Paul Pavicic - Coworker   February 16, 2021

I am so sorry to hear this news. Nick was a kind and compassionate colleague who I enjoyed chatting with whenever he passed by my office. The LRI has lost one of its true gems.

Posted by Kathe Derwin - Coworker   February 16, 2021

I met Nick in 1995 when I began working as a senior tech and he was a postdoc in a lab on my floor. He was one of the first people to reach out to me and offer to help me in any way that he could, and I was so grateful for his calming presence at that point in my career. We developed a lasting friendship, and we always stopped to talk (most often about our kids but also about our careers) whenever we ran into each other in the hallway. Nick will be greatly missed; he was an outstanding scientist and a truly kind and caring friend and mentor to many at the Cleveland Clinic. I am so sorry for your loss and share in your sadness.

Posted by Rosemary Dietrich - Coworker   February 16, 2021

I met Nick right after joining Cleveland Clinic in 2006. He was such a wonderful resource and always had time for my questions. I then had the pleasure of working with him as a biosafety officer for several years; his knowledge and passion continued to amaze me. I could always count on Nick for help and a friendly smile. I will miss getting to catch up with him about work and our families when we'd bump into one another on campus. My sincerest condolences to his family, he spoke of you all often and was so proud!

Posted by Jennie (Minnich) Wahl - Coworker   February 16, 2021

I am very sad to hear about Nick's passing. I got to know Nick well when he worked in Paul Fox's lab, and then we stayed in contact while he worked with the IACUC and IBS. He was a kind and gentle man, and we often talked about our children. My condolences to his wife and family.

Posted by Jonathan Smith - Coworker   February 16, 2021

Have fond memories about talking with Nick about baseball nearly daily in the hallway. Condolences to his family, he will certainly be missed.

Posted by Justin Lathia - Coworker   February 16, 2021

I am so sad to hear about Nick's passing. I met Nick when I started at the Clinic in 2005. He was a wealth of knowledge. I enjoyed our conversations and appreciated how he would always encouragement and support me. He had a good sense of humor and never had an unkind thing to say about anyone. He was truly a genuine soul. I am so grateful to have known him. May he rest in peace. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Posted by Jennifer Veillette - Coworker   February 15, 2021

Nick was a kind, intelligent, and funny person. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family. My his memory be eternal!

Posted by Michael Lekas - NEW YORK, NY - Friend   February 15, 2021

Cindy please accept our deepest sympathy on the lose of your husband. Prayers for you and your family. God bless. Rhonda & John Schroeder

Posted by Rhonda Schroeder - Brunswick, OH - Friend   February 15, 2021

I fondly remember chatting with Nick in the hallways on numerous occasions when he spent time with EH&S. I was always impressed by his quiet, friendly approach that led to us discussing topics from Cricket to ATP tennis tour to life in Cleveland. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

Posted by Priya Rayadurgam - Coworker   February 15, 2021

It was an honor and privilege to work with Nick while I was employed in the Clinic's Radiation Safety Department. His quiet, unassuming demeanor belied his brilliant mind. May God grant him eternal rest and comfort and consolation to his wife, daughters, and all who were lucky enough to know him.

Posted by Carole Iseli - Rocky River, OH - Coworker   February 15, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Nick over the last several years. I enjoyed our conversations as well. He was such a kind and knowledgeable soul and I truly enjoyed our conversations and his wonderful smile. His love for his family was evident. My deepest condolences to you.

Posted by Marty Hodgson - Highland Heights, OH - Coworker   February 15, 2021

I fondly remember chatting with Nick in the hallways as we both did our jobs for many years on NE6 and had offices close to one another. Nick was a wealth of information on so very many topics that you wondered how he learned it all. It was always fun to chat with him and I would have to pull myself away to continue my day. I pray that fond memories will sustain his friends and family during the difficult days of adapting to his loss.

Posted by Chris Moravec - Coworker   February 15, 2021

I am very sorry to learn of Nick’s passing. I knew him for many years in his multiple roles in the Lerner Research Institute and I always enjoyed my many interactions with him. He was a kind, sincere and enthusiastic man who brought great positive energy to his professional activities and to social gatherings. He will be greatly missed by many. Best wishes to his family during this very difficult time.

Posted by Paul DiCorleto - Coworker   February 15, 2021

I got to know Nick when i started working in Biosafety and as part of the IBC. He was a good colleague to work with and a wealth of information. Very sorry for you loss.

Posted by Mike Lewis - Coworker   February 15, 2021

Nick was one of the first people that I met when I joined the Cleveland Clinic. He also made me feel appreciated and would encourage me to achieve my goals. I am a better caregiver because of him. I will miss our talks about the Indians, Browns and life. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Andrew Stempak - Cleveland, OH - Coworker   February 15, 2021

Nick was a wonderful friend and supportive colleague! He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Posted by Jennifer A Buffa - Coworker   February 14, 2021

I met Nick when I joined the department at the Cleveland Clinic in 2013. Even though I didn't directly work on the same projects or same areas as Nick, I had many interactions and conversations with him throughout the years. It didn't take long to realize that he had an amazing level of knowledge. He also had a knack for talking your ear off. He was kind, funny, courteous, and an extremely easy person to talk to. He was highly respected by all that knew him at the Cleveland Clinic. He will be sadly missed and my sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.

Posted by Chris Shrodek - Warren, OH - Coworker   February 14, 2021


Cindy, Elaine & family & I are very sorry to hear about Nick's passing. He was certainly a one-of-a-kind. Brilliant, kind and a wonderful conversationalist. Although our paths didn't cross often, the moments shared were memorable. We are deeply sorry for your loss & shall keep you & your entire family in thoughts & prayers. Rest in peace Nicholas A Tripoulas...heaven has just welcomed another guardian angel.

Posted by Terri Kmieck - Broadview Heights, OH - Friend   February 13, 2021

We used to bump in to each other at work. Just a great guy.RIP Nick.Prayers for your family.

Posted by Amy Lamontagne Lamontagne - ELYRIA, OH - Classmate   February 13, 2021