OBITUARY

Nicholas Paras

February 21, 1965September 13, 2020

Nicholas Paras, 55, of Tampa, passed away September 13, 2020. He was born and raised in Tampa, having attended St. John’s Episcopal Day School and Berkeley Preparatory School. While Head Chorister with St. John’s Episcopal Choir, he was hand-selected to sing a duet with a soprano from The Metropolitan Opera. While at Berkeley, he played football, basketball, and performed as a member of the drama club in musicals. He attended the University of Florida and was an avid Gator fan. Nicholas was Founder, President and CEO of Alpha Computing Solutions, formed in 1989. He was Co-Founder and President of Office 2 Office, LLC. Nicholas was a member of Ahepa, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the Centre Club. In the early part of his career, Nicholas developed software to track University of Florida building projects throughout the State of Florida. He was instrumental in forming the nationally recognized AutoCAD center at Erwin Technical Center where he was an instructor, having trained many area architects. While at Erwin, he also participated in the creation of Success Centers at Hillsborough County high schools. Nicholas loved music, football, basketball, movies, and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. As a testament to his adventurous side, he also learned to fly. Nicholas was known for his warm spirit, infectious humor, and witty personality. He touched many with his good nature and love of others. His enduring love for his family and friends will eternally envelop and support them. He is preceded in death by Nick and Helen Paras, his paternal grandparents; John and Vassiliki Simitses, his maternal grandparents; and George Hettig, his father-in-law. Nicholas is survived by his wife, Marianne; his parents, Gus and Marina Paras; his mother-in-law, Hannelore Hettig; his sister, Elena Paras Ketchum; and his brother-in-law, Peter Ketchum. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd from 6pm to 8pm with Trisagion Service at 7 pm at Blount Curry Funeral Home MacDill, 605 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 23rd at 11am at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 2418 W. Swann Ave, Tampa, FL. Interment will be held on Friday, September 25th at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, in Ft. Pierce, FL.

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  • He is preceded in death by Nick and Helen Paras, his paternal grandparents; John and Vassiliki Simitses, his maternal grandparents; and George Hettig, his father-in-law. Nicholas is survived by his wife, Marianne; his parents, Gus and Marina Paras; his mother-in-law, Hannelore Hettig; his sister, Elena Paras Ketchum; and his brother-in-law, Peter Ketchum.

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Services

22 September

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Blount & Curry FH-Macdill Chap

605 S. Macdill Ave
Tampa, Florida 33609

22 September

Trisagion Service

7:00 pm

Blount & Curry FH-Macdill Chap

605 S. Macdill Ave
Tampa, Florida 33609

23 September

Funeral Service

11:00 am

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

2418 W Swann Ave
Tampa, FL 33609

Memories

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Theodora (Teddie) Stavropoulos

September 18, 2020

Marina and Gus,

My deepest sympathy in the passing of your Son Nicholas.
May his Memory be Eternal.

Teddie Stavropoulos

Theodora (Teddie) Stavropoulos

September 18, 2020

Marina and Gus

My deepest sympathy in the passing of your Son Nicholas. May
his Memory Be Eternal.

Linda Konstantinidis

September 17, 2020

Dear Gus and Marina,

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Nicholas.
May your sweet memories and the love of family and friends lift you up and carry you through this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

May his memory be eternal.

Love,
Alekos and Linda Konstantinidis

Tim and Julie Keffalas

September 17, 2020

Dear Gus and Marina

Julie and I Just learned of the loss of your son Nicholas. There are no words anyone can share that will make the loss less painful.
My brother, my sister and I have all lost our only children. There are times we try to reflect on why, but there are no earthly acceptable explanations.
God has reasons we must accept and you are fortunate to have a strong family and strong faith to help you at this time. May his memory be eternal.

Tim and Julie Keffalas

Thomas Sakaris

September 17, 2020

The AHEPA Family of Tampa wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to the family of Nicholas Paras. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. “May His Memory Be Eternal”.

Jimmy & Carol Makris

September 16, 2020

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with You. Please Accept our Deepest Condelences from your Brothers of Ahepa West Pasco Chapter 489. May Nick's Memory Be Eternal.

Ted Frangos

September 15, 2020

Nick was one of those very rare souls you could instantly trust and love like a brother. Every time we spoke was a joy and the highlight of the week for me. Miss you patriøti... may your memory be eternal.

Jodi Wilkeson

September 15, 2020

Nick was a kind, intelligent, deeply trusted business associate who provided information technology support services for our firm for almost 15 years. He was a dear friend...more like family, actually. He translated "geek speak" into layman's terms for me, dealt with any computer hiccups our team had and helped me shop for every electronic device I've bought since I began my business. I don't know what I'll do without him, his reassuring manner and wicked sense of humor. You will be deeply missed, Nick...may you rest in peace in the arms of Jesus. Our deepest sympathies to Gus, Marina, Elena, Peter and his beloved Marianne.

Sandra Gout

September 15, 2020

May love and prayers cover all of you who loved our Nick - especially, Marianne, Gus, Marina, Elena and Peter... May Nick's memory be eternal. And, may his loved ones be comforted in their journey as we lift Nick to be in the arms of JESUS...

Lynn Allen

September 15, 2020

I managed the football team at BPS one year. Nick and Ted Marston were my bus buddies for away games and we always had so much fun. I’m so sorry for his wife and family. Such a sad loss.

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