Nikos Andriotis, the former president of the historic community of the Cathedral of St. Demetrios of Astoria, located in Astoria, New York, passed away at the age of 82 on Saturday, September 2nd. The dedicated benefactor of the Greek-American community and Nisyros died at Mount Sinai Queens Hospital in Astoria after battling health issues and receiving treatment for pneumonia during his final days.
His brother, Giorgos Andriotis, shared his heartfelt sentiments, calling the loss unbearable and emphasizing that only a “few people can match his contributions and efforts.”
The funeral service will take place at the Cathedral Church of St. Demetrios on Thursday, September 7th, followed by burial at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Instead of flowers, the family kindly asks for contributions to The Nick Andriotis Tuition Assistance Program at St. Demetrios of Astoria.
Andriotis’ Story and Input
Nikos Andriotis, a prominent businessman and philanthropist, played a pivotal role in shaping the St. Demetrios Community’s school complex, including the establishment of the first Greek High School in America during his presidency. His determination to realize this vision faced opposition, but he persevered, serving as both president of the Community and the School Committee to advance the school’s mission.
Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America acknowledged his contributions, and in 2000, the St. Demetrios community honored him with the Odysseus Award. Andriotis’ commitment to education led to the creation of the Nick A. Andriotis Assistance Fund, supported by his $100,000 donation.
Born on the Greek island of Nisyros in 1940, Andriotis immigrated to the United States in 1956 and settled in Astoria, New York. He started as a hotel elevator operator with limited English proficiency. Later on, he worked as a waiter before venturing into real estate, partnering with millionaire Steve Valiotis in his company.
Δωρεά ύψους 2.000.000 ευρώ προχώρησε ο Ελληνοαμερικανός Νίκος Ανδριώτης προς την ιδιαίτερη πατρίδα του, τη Νίσυρο, αποδεικνύοντας έμπρακτα πως, όσο μακριά κι αν βρίσκεται, η καρδιά του «χτυπά» για την Ελλάδα. pic.twitter.com/Dc6AO7oxzK
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Andriotis served as president of the Parish Council of St. Demetrios of Astoria for multiple terms, demonstrating dedication to Greek education and the community’s well-being. His relentless pursuit of the Greek-American School, established in 1980 and inaugurated in 1982, prevailed despite skepticism.
In 2017, he donated one million dollars to St. Catherine’s School, and his final philanthropic act contributed two million euros to renovate Nisyros’ municipal thermal baths, earning him the title of Grand Benefactor.
He also led the acquisition and renovation of the Greek Cultural Center in Astoria and was honored as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Known as the “Prime Minister of Astoria” in the community, Andriotis promoted Greek language and education, leaving an indelible mark on the St. Demetrios Community and Greek-American life in New York. His life and legacy are documented in his book, My Path Without a Cassock, published in 2016.