Nick Stamatiou, 1937 – 2022
It is with deep sadness that our beloved father and grandfather Nicolas Stamatiou passed away peacefully with family by his side on January 23, 2022.
Nicolas was born in Glossa, Skopelos, Greece on July 13, 1937. As a young teenager, he travelled by boat to Canada in 1956, following his older siblings in chasing a better life. Nicolas returned to Greece and married Alexandra (Malamos) in 1963. They were married for 40 years and had three children: Zoe (David), John, Angela (Chad) and cherished all of his grandchildren: Caitlin, Cole, Zachary and Markus.
As a young boy, Nicholas learned how to become a tailor and he continued to dress well; always found to be wearing a well pressed shirt and pants nearly every day.
Upon his return to Canada in 1963, settling in Ladner, Nick worked to fulfill his dreams and provide for his family. He became a commercial fisherman for over 50 years which afforded him the ability to create the life he imagined. As a skipper, he travelled all of the surrounding seas off of the West Coast with his brother George and their sons, making memories along the way. Nick had many favourite spots that he spoke of often, which included meeting hundreds of friends along the way, of which he never has forgotten nor have they forgotten him. After retiring from fishing and raising his family, he settled in his favourite spot, Galiano Island, which was surrounded by the most fish!
He spent his days looking after his hummingbirds, including daily visits from his deer, surrounded by Arbutus trees and the ocean. He would call it ”living in paradise”. Nick hosted many, many visitors from far and wide, sharing homemade wine, ouzo, Greek songs, stories, lots of food, sometimes dancing and of course, his special smoked salmon. All of these gatherings took place on his outside deck under his grapevine, surrounded by lemon trees, flowers, tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers… you name it, Nick had grown it! He loved Galiano with all of his heart and soul.
Retreat Cove on Galiano is where he will be resting, surrounded by everything he loved.
Nick leaves behind many beloved family, his two sisters Tasoula and Vassiliki, friends and neighbours. He joins his brother, two sisters and many friends. His smile would brighten anyone’s day, light up any room. He captured the hearts of so many people throughout his life. Always a gentleman to the end, his legacy will forever live on in all who cherished and loved him dearly.
A Celebration of Life will be held later this year. For now, Dad has gone fishing…