Nicolaos Spiro Tzetzis, 84, fell asleep onto the Lord Friday, November 18th at his home with his family at his side. Nick was born in Flambouro, Greece and came to the U.S. in 1956 to live the rest of his life in Syracuse. He served in the Greek Army during the Korean War. Upon arriving to Syracuse, Nick started work at Tip-Top Bakery before opening his own grocery store in 1960 as Nicolaos Grocery and expanded to Genesee Market where he was fondly known as "Mr. Nick". After a fire destroyed the store he then reopened across the street Lexington Clover Farm which eventually became Lexington Market which he owned until 1993. The family also owned Westcott Big M from 1986-1995. He renovated and developed numerous real estate properties on the East Side of Syracuse. Nick offered first job opportunities to numerous young adults at his markets and was the epitome of living the American Dream. He instilled his strong work ethic and love for the U.S. while retaining his Greek traditions and values to his children. A devout family man, Nick's past time other than his occupation was his family. Nick was an active member of St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church, emphasizing the importance of service to church. He was proud to be a founding member and officer of the Syracuse chapter of the Pan-Macadonian Association.
Nick is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Chrisanthi; son, Chris (Cindy) and their children Niko, Mihali and Zoe; daughter, Dianne (Phil) Molinaro and their daughter Alexandria; son Spiro (Athena) and their children Chryssanthi and Aristotelis. He also leaves 3 brothers Dimitrios (Chyssanthi), Giorgos (Anthoula) and Vasili (Georgia) all of Greece and a sister Sophia (Niko-deceased) Moschos of Australia. He was preceeded by a sister Florika (Evangelos) Tavelaris of Rochester and a brother Mihali of Greece. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews both here and abroad.
Calling Hours will be on Sunday 3-6pm at Burns Garfield Funeral Home with Trisagion service at 5pm. An Orthodox Funeral service will be at St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church, Waring Rd. at 11:30 am Monday.
Contributions may be made to St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church.