Nikolaus A. Sebestyen

November 10, 1930September 5, 2020

Nikolaus Sebestyen, age 89, a resident of Punta Gorda, FL and Eastham, Cape Cod, MA, died peacefully at his home in Eastham on September 5, 2020.

Nick was born on November 10, 1930 in Budapest, Hungary to the late Dr. Sandor and Ida (Mahain) Sebestyen. He graduated from the Technical University of Budapest with a Master’s degree in Optical Engineering.

Nick was president of the anti-Communist Worker’s Union at the Hungarian Optical Works and was actively involved in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. At great risk, he escaped to Yugoslavia in 1957 where he remained in a refugee camp for four months until he was allowed to emigrate to West Germany.

In Germany, he worked for Zeiss Optics in Wetzlar until 1960, when he joined Bodenseewerk Perkin-Elmer Corporation in Uberlingen, Germany as an optical engineer, designing scientific instruments. In 1973, Nick transferred to Perkin-Elmer’s headquarters in Norwalk, CT, where he worked as an Engineering Manager and Product Manager for Fluorescence, UV, ICP and NMR instruments until his retirement in 1994. He had a reputation for being the “go-to Man” for challenging projects.

Nick was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Maria Boszormenyi. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Jane Schallis Sebestyen, beloved daughters Andrea Henderson of Fayston, VT and Dr. Christina Sebestyen (husband, Dr. James Eadie) of Austin, TX. Also surviving are grandsons Alex and Will Henderson and Garrett and Dylan Eadie.

After retirement, Nick and Jane travelled extensively. They sailed on their sailboat, TABU III, on the Atlantic coast and both coasts of Florida. Nick was a passionate and accomplished sailor since the age of seven. He successfully competed in regattas both in Europe and the US. When he wasn’t sailing his own boat, he loved ocean cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska, South America, Europe and Australia.

Skiing was another of his passions, one he passed on to his daughters and grandsons. In his later years, he took pride in growing lush geraniums and tomatoes on his deck.

Nick will be greatly missed by those who loved him.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Nickerson Funeral Home, Orleans, MA. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church in Orleans, MA on Wednesday, September 9 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Eastham, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in his memory to VNA Hospice of Cape Cod or Tidewell Hospice, Port Charlotte, FL.



  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020


  • Funeral Mass & Burial Will Be Private due to gathering restrictions. Thank you for your understanding.


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Renate Welzl-Steppacher

September 15, 2020

Nick is well remembered as a good colleague not only experienced and reliable as professional but having fun in the lab and discussions with the other colleagues during his time in Ueberlingen when I worked for UV/VIS department that time. It seems that Nick did well in all periods of his live. RIP Renate

Tom And Martha Lenox

September 8, 2020

Nick and I were friendly neighbors but really bonded on a 3 day sail from Wellfleet to the Connecticut shore on the first leg of ferrying their sailboat to Florida. Beyond the sharing of work stories and experiences, I found he was an accomplished pianist and equestrian before engineering school. Aside from his Perkin Elmer success I already knew he was a schnitzel master and one hell of a sailor, but what continually impressed me over the years since was his vast knowledge of geography and history. He seemed to know the population of cities and countries all over the globe even beyond the many places he and Jane had traveled. He was a remarkable man and great friend we will all miss! My deepest condolences to Jane, and to Christia and Andrea and their families.

Glatt segeln mine freund,

Tom and Martha

Jorrit Kraus

September 7, 2020

It is with great sorrow that we hear about the passing away of Nik Sebestyen. During his stay at Lake Constance, Nik contributed actively to the foundation of our sailing club in Germany where he remained a honorary member until now.

We will always remember with pride and joy to have had him amongst us. May the wind carry you on to your next adventure.

Jorrit Kraus
Seglergemeinschaft Überlingen (SGÜ) e.V.


September 7, 2020

With Nik Sebestyen we loose a passionate sailor and founding member of our sailing club SGUe (founded in 1972). He had the status of a honorary member of the SGUe at last.
Our thoughts and good memories shall accompany and support the members of his family in their sorrow.
To him we call a last "Allzeit Gute Fahrt!" (Always have a smooth passage!) wherever he may sail now.

Peter Troeger
Chairman/President (2003-2012)
Seglergemeinschaft Überlingen e.V. (SGUe), Germany

Mary Valdez

September 6, 2020

To the Sebestyen family - Don and I send our best wishes and lift all of you up in prayer as you mourn and celebrate the life of your husband, father, and grandfather. Mary and Don Valdez - Austin, TX