Nickolas Stavrakas

13 November, 194624 March, 2021

Nick M Stavrakas, 74, passed away on March 24, 2021 at Atrium Health University following the onset of a sudden illness. He was born on November 13,1946 in Charlotte, NC to the late Robert G and Ann M Stavrakas. Nick was the oldest of nine siblings.

Mr. Stavrakas attended grammar school at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church and Charlotte Catholic High School where he was a standout student and an all County football player. Nick graduated in 1964 and entered college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. While there Nick played on the first basketball team that the 49ers fielded in competition and also proudly made the Deans List.

After graduating from UNCC Nick entered Clemson University where he obtained his Masters and Doctorate degrees in his beloved field of Mathematics. Upon graduating, Dr. Stavrakas became one of the first alumni hired by UNCC as a full time faculty member in the math department. He retired from this position in 2015 after 43 years tenured Professor.

Nick’s life after retirement centered around his desire to take it easy and enjoy life on his terms. He loved doing research on his computer and building them as well. Nick enjoyed going to the VFW and watching TV series of long ago TV like Twilight Zone, Outer Limits and The Prisoner to name a few. He loved being in his home doing his own thing!

Nick is survived by his son Mark and his wife Heather; grandson Jack and his companion of many years Catherine Grieco-Reeves. Also left behind to cherish and remember him with great affection are his brothers Robert (Pam) and John (Gina); sisters Nancy Keetch (Rodney), Lynn Bumgardner (Bill) and Nona Stavrakas; many nieces, nephews, cousins and an abundance of friends. Mr Stavrakas was also preceded in death by his brothers Bill, David and sister Dolly Jackson.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at St John Neumann Catholic Church, 8451 Idlewild Road, Charlotte with visitation beginning at 10am with a Mass of Christion burial following at 11am.

Flowers should be sent directly to the church and condolences can be mailed to 7722 Batavia Lane, Charlotte, NC 28213.

Arrangements are under the care of McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park.


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Chris Kroboth

1 April 2021

I grew up in Our Lady of Assumption parish & have many memories of suppers in the basement. I also attended UNCC where Dr Stravakas taught an Algebra class that I needed prior to graduating. He was a brilliant man & instructor. He taught me that if you can explain a problem to one person & then encourage that person to explain it to others more people will understand. I have used that lesson throughout my career. I wish the family peace. God Bless
Chris Kroboth

Richard Lejk

30 March 2021

Nick and I had many happy moments when we were both in the Math Department. After I left to join the Computer Science Department, we continued our association. Nick had a tremendous ability to start, lead, and bring a conversation to a close as and when he saw fit. His sense of humor was penetrating and to the point, and always on target. He never forget to ask about family and others who had left with me to form the new CS Department.

Go in peace, my friend.

Adam White

29 March 2021

My condolences to the family. In the late 70's, I served with Greg and John (Nick's brother), in the 3rd Armored Division in Germany. It was Greg who introduced me to Nick and I rented a room in Nick's house. Nick drove me to my job interviews, and did everything he could to help me get my civilian life started. He introduced me to his very welcoming family; his mother and father, Nona his sister, and Mark his son, all great people. Greg, Nick, and John set a standard for me on how a person is to treat people as you go through life. One I've endeavored to live up to. I live in California now, but was in Charlotte a little over a year ago and was able to see Nick. At that time he was doing very well, so his passing comes as a shock. Nick's professorship at UNCC contributed extensively to the Charlotte community. Nick, like his father, are the generations that are the foundation for the Charlotte you see today. It saddens me that I was only able to thank Nick for his contribution to my life; I was never able to repay him. Nick and his family will always be in my heart and memories.

Frank Jones

29 March 2021

I knew Nick all his life! My parents and his parents were friends. His parents and uncles and aunts ran the Ringside Grill on E 4th St where our family visited many times over the years. Even as a kid, I remember the food as being excellent!
Though we didn't see each other often, we did both go to UNC Charlotte and got reacquainted. Those were great years. I was very active at the University over the years and would run into Nick occasionally.
My deepest sympathy and condolences go to the family.


28 March 2021

My Sincerest Condolences to the Nickolas 'Nick' Stavrakas family, recall 'Nick' very well from Our Years at Charlotte Catholic High School, from September 1960 until graduation in June 1964. Followed Nick some what in the newspapers over the years after graduation and many life events to this day! May the "Old Football playing mathematician (Professor), "Dr. Nickolas!" Rest now! Recall the times We all used to have with classmates, who were "Friends," especially at Charlotte Catholic Cougars football jocks, watched playing wherever "We" played, no matter what the local weather was like that day (night games), and traveling on the "sponsored game bus to those events!" Ol' Nick was one of those "Good People" one always recalls, all their lives! May he rest in peace now! No more 'Math' problems! John G. O'Connell, III, Taylors (SC)

Kathleen Krick

28 March 2021

Nick and I were 8th graders together at Assumption and 9th graders at Charlotte Catholic before the school was divided.
We shared a special fondness for our 8th grade teacher, Sr. Mary Brigid, who remains a dear friend of mine to this day.
May wonderful memories ease your grief.
Kathy Krick (Kathleen Scattergood)

Greg Thomas

28 March 2021

My condolences to the family. I have many fond memories growing up with Nick and all you guys. And Nick's mentoring in math during my college years.

Greg Thomas

Jeffrey Pintea

28 March 2021

Our deepest condolences to the family of Nick Stavrakas. His friends at VFW Post 1160 on Central Avenue will miss the times that we spent talking to Nick and listening to his music on the jukebox. Nick always had great taste and diversity in music. He was a life time Auxiliary Member, Officer and friend to all. He also was always willing to help out with projects when they came up. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Jeff and Sheree Pintea
VFW Post 1160 Auxiliary

Mary Stavrakas-Addington

26 March 2021

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Nick. He was a brilliant mathematician. We have you all in our thoughts & prayers during this sad time. May his memory be eternal.
Mary & Darryl