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OBITUARY

Nicholas Argyropoulos

July 7, 1926April 11, 2020
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Nicholas Argyropoulos, 93, passed away to be with our Lord April 11, 2020 at his home with his family by his side. Nick was a true follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, a devoted husband , father and friend to all who knew him! Born on July 7, 1926 in Omaha Nebraska to Greek immigrants, mother Athena and Father Paul Argyropoulos. He had three older siblings, brothers Chris and Jimmy and a sister Florence, all preceding him in death. The family moved to Washington DC. when he was four years old. It was there that he would grow up and reside for the remainder of his wonderful adventure filled life. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 68 years, Margaret, his one of a kind daughter Athena and husband Oliver Skinker, his son Paul and beautiful wife Kathy, and their two children, Alexander and Alyssa. Nick and Marge also had another son, Thomas, who passed away as an infant. Nicks life was filled with family, friends, fun and faith. It started where he grew up in Northwest Washington, DC. While his father, a Chef by trade, passed when he was very young, he had the benefit of being brought up by an incredibly strong and vibrant “Greek” mother and very close family. He ran the streets as a kid, enjoying sports and all the city had to offer. Nick graduated from Roosevelt Highschool in 1945, where he began his love affair with the great game of baseball and carried this love throughout his life. Nick also excelled in soccer and basketball, having the benefit of being coached by the one and only Red Auerbach. Following his high school graduation from Roosevelt High in 1945, he was drafted into the Army where he spent 2 years in the Pacific stationed in the Philippines with the 86th infantry. Upon returning home he attended Georgetown University’s Foreign Service School and the National Art School of Washington majoring in Commercial Art. Nick had an incredible eye and a hand for detail and survived his early adulthood using his skills creating one-of-a-kind advertisements for local vendors. In 1948, he met the love of his life Margaret Waters at the National Dance Club. Nick and Margaret would soon become lifelong partners, friends and parents. He married Margaret January 6th, 1952 at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Saint Sophia became the foundation of their faith and life together. Nick and Marge moved from the City to Garrett Park, Maryland in 1954, which remains their home today. His love of art, meticulous and steady hand and desire to serve led him to his lifelong career as a cartographer, making maps for the civilian arm of the military at the Defense Mapping Agency. He retired from the Agency in 1986 after nearly 4 decades of esteemed federal service. Nick never lost his passion for sports, particularly baseball. This passion led him to the world of fast pitch softball, where Nick caught many of the best pitchers in the world. He traveled all over the eastern United States playing the most elite teams in the country, including playing against Eddie "The King" Feigner and "The King and His Court," on multiple occasions. Nick received numerous awards including being awarded the Most Valuable Player of the Worlds Fast Pitch Tournament held in Saint Louis in 1958. Nicks time and accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed. He was inducted into the Greater Washington Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame and the Washington DC Jocks Club Hall of Fame. Upon retiring from “playing”, he remained involved serving as Commissioner of the Softball Hall of Fame Commission. Nick’s love of sports also crossed into his life of faith. He helped found the Saint Sophia youth basketball program where he coached hundreds of youth over the years. He is revered by the many players and parishioners of the Cathedral, many whom still call him “coach” or Uncle Nicky. Nicks final place of rest will be with his Son Thomas at Arlington National Cemetery. Dates and times for his funeral and celebration of life will be announced in the coming weeks. He truly led a blessed life. His spirit lives on and may his memory be ever eternal.

  • FAMILY

  • Margaret Argyropoulos, Wife
  • Athena Argyropoulos (Oliver Skinker), Daughter
  • Paul Argyropoulos (Kathy), Son
  • Thomas Argyropoulos, Son (deceased)
  • Alexander Argyropoulos, Grandson
  • Alyssa Argyropoulos, Granddaughter
  • Florence, Sister
  • Chris, Brother
  • Jimmy, Brother

Services

12 August

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

36th St & Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia

12 August

Burial Commital Service

2:00 pm

Arlington National Cemetery

1 Memorial Dr.
Arlington, VA

Memories

Nicholas Argyropoulos

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Dean Popps

July 29, 2020


Nick and Margie have both been larger-than-life Super Heroes in our community for my entire life. It's sad to imagine going forward without Nick.

Today's men at Saint Sophia, young and old, need to measure themselves against Nick's standards of loyalty, hard work, fairness, productivity, and consistently good outcomes, even though few of us will ever be his equal.

Nick was an outstanding churchman and defender of the Faith. He never flinched, even when the problems seemed insurmountable.

Nick richly deserves the military honors he will receive at his final resting place, in Arlington National Cemetery, along with others who have served our nation so well.

Margie, Athena, Paul, and family may our Nick Rest in Peace and may his Memory be Eternal.

The Popps Family
McLean, VA

irene creed

July 29, 2020

Dear, Dear Nick...what a lovely man...always gracious and helpful. His presence will be missed by all. May his memory be eternal.

Irving Stephens

April 30, 2020

One of the nicest human beings I ever met. Just a great guy to know and to work with. Never heard him say a mean word about anyone, the whole time I worked with him.
One terrific athlete, baseball , fast pitch softball, bowling and golf.
Rest In Peace my good friend.

Allen Staton

April 19, 2020

When we were growing up we always enjoyed the visits with Uncle Nick and Aunt Marge,Athena and Paul.We always got to stay up late and we would always shoot off fireworks.Love you Uncle Nick forever in my heart til we meet again Allen and Sue Staton

Carol Greeson

April 18, 2020

My memories of my Uncle Nicky span many years. As the oldest of the Argyropoulos cousins, I also was the only one for 4 years so enjoyed a lot of attention from my aunts and uncles. I remember fondly all the gatherings for Sunday’s at Triton Beach, parties with the extended family, and watching Uncle Nicky play softball at Guy Mason field. He was a great catcher and always received so much praise as a ballplayer. I was very proud to say, “That’s my Uncle Nicky”.
But, Nicky was so much more than a ballplayer. He was a kind and gentle man who was a devoted servant of God. He spent many hours doing volunteer work with Aunt Marge for the church. And, it was done selflessly.
Another favorite memory was of Uncle Nicky’s Donald Duck imitation. NO ONE EVER TIRED of having him speak like Donald and it brought about many smiles and much laughter from young and old alike.
My husband and I live in Florida now, but whenever we come to the D C area we try to include a visit with Uncle Nicky and Aunt Marge. I am so happy we were able to do so over Christmas, 2019 holidays. As usual, it was wonderful seeing him with his family.
My Uncle Nicky was a wonderful man who I, like all who knew him, will forever remember as a wonderful man. May he rest in eternal peace.

Brenda Croson Rachner

April 18, 2020

I would like to send my condolences to the family of Nick Argyropoulos. He was my very first boss at Defense Mapping Agency back in the 1970s. Nick started working at DMA on the very same day as my father, Curt Croson. Nick was one of the nicest, kindest people I have ever met. Rest In Peace, sir! 🕯✝️

Thomas Ryefield

April 17, 2020

I met Nick in 1979 at the Defense Mapping Agency. He found out about my love for fast pitch softball, and I was honored to play with Nick for a couple of years, and then a couple of more years as an opponent. Nick was a world class player for many years and played competitively well into his 50s. When we went on the road he was revered by the fans who had seen him for so many years. Such a special man who had an impact on so many people who loved him!!

Marge, I’m so sorry for the loss of your wonderful soulmate and the love of your life!!

Toni Anthony Nearing

April 17, 2020

I remember going to church on Sundays at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church and always seeing my two favorite people/couple there. Mr. A always made me feel special by engaging in conversation really about anything at the coffee hour. He played golf with my family, and always had the best stories to tell. His smile would truly warm anyone’s heart. I’m heartbroken by the news of his passing and want to wish Mrs.A, Athena, Paul and family my sincere condolences, and biggest hugs. God bless a very special man and dear friend.

Thomas Kouyeas

April 15, 2020

I met Nick Argyropoulos many years ago when we both were playing baseball for the same team. He was one of the finest catchers in the amateur baseball leagues in Washington, D.C. while I was a so-so pitcher. He continued in local baseball for many years where he not only demonstrated his skills on the field but his moral excellence and engaging personality off the field. After the passage of many years and military service, we renewed our acquaintance as members of Adelphia Post 38, The American Legion. He and Marge were regular attendees at our meetings and I know Nick enjoyed our monthly get-together. Nick loved his God, his family and his Country. We will miss him deeply. It was a privilege to to know him and to call him my friend.
Tom Kouyeas

Peter Sbily

April 15, 2020

It is fitting that our good Lord Jesus Christ calls Nick Argyropoulos to join him in a place of unwavering light during Holy Week. This after living a full and impressionable life. One who taught us to do everything "the right way". A true mentor with unwavering support. Lessons that I have passed along to family and friends. May he rest in peace and his memory be eternal.
With love and gratitude always,
Peter Sbily and Family

FROM THE FAMILY

Nick - All High Nine at Roosevelt High School - Could never get enough of the Game!

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The One and Only Nick Argyropoulos

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He's in the Army Now

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The Argyropoulos Family - Mother Athena, Father Paul, Brothers Chris and Jimmy, Sister Florence and Little Nicky

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Met his life long love, Margaret Waters. From the Mountains of North Carolina to the streets of DC

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His Passion - Besides his wife, kids, grand kids, family and Friends

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The beginning of their next chapter.

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Nick and Margaret Wed in 1952.

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With his mother and the new bride

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The Happy Couple in the Limo Heading out for their Honeymoon