OBITUARY

Nicholas John Dombalis II

June 17, 1950October 17, 2020

Nicholas “Nick” John Dombalis II passed away peacefully at his home the morning of Saturday, October 17 enveloped in the love of his family. He was born on June 17, 1950 in Raleigh, a town he loved, to Floye Lee Dombalis and the late John Nicholas Dombalis.

Nick was a proud graduate of Saint Christopher’s School and Hampden-Sydney College. He received his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University in 1975. Go Deacs! He dedicated his life to serving families and communities. Nick began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Wake County. In 1980, he joined the law firm that later became Nicholls & Crampton, where he was a partner until his death. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as a member of the Board of Directors of Interact, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Raleigh Jaycees for his service to the community. Nick was a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the Tenth Judicial District Bar, the Wake County Bar Association, and the North Carolina Bar Association. He served three terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wake County Bar Association and nine years as a State Bar Councilor. He cherished the many friendships he formed during those years.

Nick took great pride in his Greek heritage. He loved spending hours cooking for his family and enjoying his Mom’s avgolemono, desserts, and meatballs. From the time he was a boy, he spent countless hours at the family’s Mecca Restaurant, which he loved because he could visit with friends. He never met a stranger.

Nick was exceedingly kind to everyone. He was a great storyteller with an infectious laugh and phenomenal sense of humor. He always put others' needs first, devoted himself to his family, and was a faithful servant to God. He loved and was loved by so many.

Nick fought a valiant battle with MDS and met each challenge with courage and relentless determination beyond comparison. The family is grateful to the medical and nursing team at Duke Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinic for their years of treatment and support and most importantly to his son John for donating stem cells that gave Nick two and a half additional years of life.

Nick would put aside anything to do everything for his family. His love and kindness will be carried forward by wife Melissa Smith Dombalis of Raleigh; mother Floye Lee Dombalis of Raleigh; children and grandchildren Helen Dombalis and Bill and Vivian Eubanks of Chapel Hill; Anna, Eric, Teddy, and Henry Roberts of Mooresville; Caroline Dombalis and Logan Baltozer of Asheville; John Dombalis of Raleigh; Stratford, Ashley, Stratford, and Hadley Donnell of Raleigh; and Holli, Rob, Taylor, Connor, and Elizabeth Myers of Davidson; sister Mary and brother-in-law Jeff Winstead of Raleigh; and brother Paul Dombalis of Kure Beach; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joanna and John Mills of Wake Forest. He is also beloved by nieces and nephews John P. Dombalis, Jackie Mills, Adam Winstead, Mary Scott Winstead, Layman Spainhour, and Reeves Spainhour, and many aunts and cousins. In Nick’s memory, his family will continue ghost crabbing, fishing, swimming at Topsail Beach, playing tennis, spades, and charades, pulling pranks, blowing bubbles, hosting Derby parties, dancing, singing, cooking Greek food, making blueberry pancakes, and being present, grateful, and kind.

A funeral will be held Wednesday, October 21 at 11:00 am with immediate family only. The service will be livestreamed; go to the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home’s website or www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/raleigh-nc/nicholas-dombalis-9855745 for information on the virtual service. Following the service, all are welcome to the burial and interment at Historic Oakwood Cemetery with masks and social distancing. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Be The Match at BeTheMatchFoundation.org/goto/NickDombalis, Christ Church at ccral.org/give/memorial-honorarium/, or the organization of one’s choice.

Services

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  • Graveside Service following the funeral

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Martha Gaffney

October 22, 2020

Nick was an extra-ordinary individual. Their are not sufficient words to describe a person whose character and life exemplify the best. He was always the same from a boy to a man. He was the best of the best. He loved , played , laughed, and worked with honor and grace. He was the benchmark for all to look to for a well lived, ethical life.
The world is a lesser place without him. He will be missed by many.
Martha Gaffney

Alice Stubbs

October 21, 2020

It is hard to share one memory because Nick is amazing- not only as a lawyer, mentor, tennis player, friend, confidant etc. He went beyond all of that, not just with me, but with everyone he met. Like his Dad, Nick cared about people and connected with all of us- regardless of our age, gender, race, health, religion, socioeconomic status, or any other condition. He always made us feel good about ourselves and put others before himself. He is a true gentleman and I am grateful for his influence on my life and for his kindness to our children. Melissa made him a better person and I loved seeing them together. We will miss you Nick and can’t wait to see you again🙏🏻❤️

Martha Ellington

October 21, 2020

Sending each member of the Dombalis clan much love and appreciation today. Both services were heartfelt and lovely. Nick would have been pleased.
He left quite a legacy in his four kind and caring children, Helen, Anna, Caroline and John...and their wonderful spouses and his grandchildren. You gave your best and did an incredible job supporting and honoring your father today and all the years of his illness. And special thoughts and prayers to Floye and Melissa, Mary and Paul. and the entire extended family.
May all of you find peace and comfort in the coming days.

Dean Webster

October 21, 2020

It was kind of inspiring that, almost every time I went to the Mecca, Nick was there eating lunch. My take was that Nick was there because he was so close to his mother and Paul that he just wanted to be around them and the family enterprise. I recall additional instances of mutual love between Nick and his family members.

Nick always showed me great kindness, and he indeed left a big mark. Nick was a law student of my father’s, and made such an impression that my parents mentioned him favorably in the 1970s; so, back when I was a high school student, I had already heard of Nick’s fine reputation – that’s how much of a standout Nick was (I hardly ever heard the names of any of the students). It was great to later get to know Nick as a fellow lawyer.

I’m sorry that we have lost Nick, and extend my condolences to the family.

– Dean Webster

Tre Morgan

October 21, 2020

Nick was the most caring attorney I had the pleasure to work for, and I will never forget his willingness to teach, counsel, and share with me. He will always be a major reason that I chose to work with families. I will remember his generosity with his time and his laugh most of all. I am fortunate to have known him and to have been gifted with time from his life.

Terri Gardner

October 21, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Dombalis family. Nick was a very special person and his love for his family is so clearly portrayed in the pictures provided on this website. As a professional colleague I know he will be missed by his Wake County bar friends! Rest in everlasting peace and joy.

Terri Gardner

Eric Frenchak

October 21, 2020

I was never supposed to be any more than a client to Nick but he decided I would never be less than family. His character said everything about his life. I loved him and will continue his legacy. Thank you Nick for everything you taught us and exhibited! You were the best anyone could have ever known.

Dan Hartzog

October 20, 2020

Nick was always one of the best lawyers and best people I ever knew. Whether you saw Nick at a party, at the courthouse, at the Mecca, on a sidewalk between the two, or even at a deposition, he always began and ended every encounter with that awesome smile. He was just so positive and uplifting that it made everyone around him happier. I know his family is missing him so much, but the memories of Nick will never end and will surely last in your minds and hearts. We all lost one of the best of us and you all especially deserve to find peace in this time. Best wishes.

Dan and Tricia Hartzog

Judge Ron and Vicky Stephens

October 20, 2020

Thanks be to God for a full life well lived and a legacy of wonderful family left behind to carry Nick's spirit forward into the future. His smile was as genuine as his friendship. May his memory be eternal.

Michelle Bailey

October 20, 2020

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Dombalis and the family. I'll always remember Nick as a fine man and respected attorney. He greeted everyone with a smile ,and always asked me had I caught any fish lately. He will be truly missed. My prayers and love go out to the family.

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