Nicolas George "Nick" Davilas
April 25, 1943 - May 18, 2017
Nicolas G. Davilas, 74, of North Easton, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2017 in his home, surrounded by his loving family, after a valiant nine-month battle with cancer. He was the devoted husband of the late Mary (Dovaras) Davilas, to whom he was happily married for nearly 35 years.
Nick was born in Kotylion, a small mountain village in Arcadia, Greece, the youngest of six children. Economic realities forced Nick to leave home at the age of 12 to move to Athens to find work to support himself and his family. Always valuing an education and not wanting poverty to dictate the direction of his life, Nick worked twelve-hour days before riding his bicycle to night school. After serving in the Navy and starting a business with his brother, he moved to Toronto, Canada before moving to Massachusetts in 1970, where he became an American citizen. In 1971, Nick married Mary, and together, they built a beautiful life.
Nick was a self-employed builder and General Contractor. He learned his trade through his work and night classes at Wentworth Institute of Technology. To support his family and build his company, Nick went where work took him, completing projects in downtown Boston and as far away as Lewiston, Maine and Poughkeepsie, New York. His diverse portfolio included custom-built homes, retail complexes, residential housing developments, and commercial buildings, including new construction and historic restorations. A self-made man with an unparalleled work ethic, Nick designed and built a commercial office building of his own in 1987. After working over 60 years, Nick completed his last commercial building in July 2016, one month before his diagnosis.
As much as Nick loved his work, his life was defined by his love for his family. He impressed upon his children that anything is possible with perseverance and worked hard to afford them opportunities he lacked for himself, including sending his three children to the College of the Holy Cross. With his children, he gave constant guidance and support and would come running to their aid in the face of even the smallest of problems. With his grandchildren, he was a playful and protective Papou. He never complained and was guided in life by tremendous optimism, discipline, emotional strength, faith, and a philosophical outlook. He had a pure and kind spirit, a generous heart, and was modest despite his many accomplishments. He was respected by many and deeply loved and admired by his family.
Nick enjoyed the simple pleasures in life including traveling, spending time down the Cape, reading, studying history, and playing with his grandchildren.
Nick will be lovingly remembered by his children, George Davilas, Christina Davilas, and Angela Davilas; his son-in-law, Scott Ferguson; his grandchildren, Alex, Niko and Zoe Ferguson; his siblings, Vasili Davilas, Vasiliki Kanellou, and Kanella Papasotiriou of Greece; his Godchildren; and his cousins, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, George and Angela Davilas, and his sisters, Athanasia Athanasopoulou and Stavroula Tetradi.
Funeral from the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, 441 South Main St.,(Rt.28) WEST BRIDGEWATER on Wednesday at 9:30AM followed by a funeral service in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 457 Oak St., Brockton at 11:00AM. The Rev. Anthony Evangelatos will officiate. Interment will follow in Melrose Cemetery, Brockton. Calling hours Tuesday 4:00 to 8:00PM.
Donations may be made to the Nicolas and Mary Davilas Memorial Scholarship c/o North Easton Savings Bank.
Service: map to Annunciation Greek Orthodox
Cemetery: map to Melrose Cemetery