Emmanuel Nisotakis died peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at the age of 84. He was the beloved husband of Ellie (Kanakis) Nisotakis for 57 years.
Born on September 12, 1935, in Archanes, Crete, Greece, he was the son of the late Nikolaos and Maria Nisotakis.
Gifted in the trades, he learned plumbing skills early in life, working in the village as a young man. He moved to Athens in 1963, where he was married and worked in the shipyard at the Port of Piraeus to support his family.
He brought the family to America in 1968, settling in Somerville, MA where he worked as a car mechanic on the hydraulic lift. During that time, he was a member of the Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Cambridge, MA, and also served on the parish council.
He and his family returned briefly to Greece before settling permanently in the United States, moving to Hudson, NH, and establishing a small pizza business with his children and son-in-law.
Manoli, as he was affectionately known by those closest to him, was a man who loved the simple things in life, particularly his family, working in the garden, and sharing his talents as a handyman to help family and friends. His strong ties to his homeland and family brought him back to Crete and the village of Archanes, where he enjoyed sitting in the “cafenio” or coffee shop in the plaza with his friends, discussing politics, and playing with his “komboloi” or worry beads.
A faithful Orthodox Christian throughout his life, he was a member of the St. Philip Church of Nashua, NH for more than 25 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Maria Kalathakis and fiance Maurilio Fabiano, and Nicholas and wife Allison Nisotakis; four grandchildren, Alex and wife Megan Kalathakis, Ellie Kalathakis, Alexandra and Emmanuel Nisotakis; three great-grandchildren, Robert Young, Eleni and John Kalathakis; two sisters, Anna Agretelis and Eleftheria Manetas; and many nieces and nephews both here and in Greece.
He was predeceased by three siblings, Michalis, Stella and John Nisotakis; two brothers-in-law, John Agretelis and Peter Manetas; and a sister-in-law, Erini Nisotakis.
Services will be held Tuesday, August 25, at St. Philip Church, Nashua, with visitation at 10 AM and funeral services at 11 AM. Interment will follow immediately in Woodlawn Cemetery, Nashua. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Memorial Fund of the St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, 500 West Hollis Street, Nashua, NH 03062.
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