Nicholas Sialmas

Sialmas, Nicholas James, 56, entered into rest on Friday, September 27, 2013.
Nick was born on November 5, 1956 in Beacon, NY. He was the son of Rosalie (Loula) and George Sialmas. He attended Beacon School. He graduated from Simpson College, Indianola, IA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He was President of the Student Body while attending Simpson College and a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
Nick was a loving Son, Brother, Uncle, and good friend to all who knew him. He greeted everyone he met, with a smile and a handshake. Humble and kind, Nick gave generously and graciously of his time and abilities to all. He was famous for recruiting his family and friends when the need arose. Such was his enthusiasm when he and Larry Cohen started the Dutchess Junction Gazette. It was a fun venture that we all enjoyed collaborating on.
His greatest love was being of service to the Greek Orthodox Church, where at the age of 6 he became an alter boy. He continued his service with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese by serving on the Finance and Stewardship Committees as well as his service to the National Philoptochos Society. He was past Parish President of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Newburgh, NY. He was a member of the Order of AHEPA.
Nick was an avid photographer who could be found with a camera in his hand photographing street fairs and nature, talking to all he met along the way. The gift of speaking brought Nick to be a speaker with Toastmasters. He thoroughly enjoyed public speaking.
Nick was a Charter Member of The Dutchess Junction Fire Company and held the position of Commissioner. He worked for IBM as a Senior Client Relationship Representative before venturing on his own as a Managing Partner in a business consulting firm as a Web Designer. Through The Women’s Enterprise Development Center, Nick became an Instructor for The Business Training Program at the Mid- Hudson Satellite Office at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. It was a job he was passionate about and enjoyed immensely. He was enthusiastic over every member of his class wishing to launch them on to successful endeavors. He loved his one-on-one consultations and in Nick’s way, wished he could do even more for his class.
Nick loved teaching his Nephew Michael about the world of Computers and Photography. Both would venture out to see the world through the lens of the camera. Recently, the two went off to the Apple Store in Manhattan to do their computer shopping followed of course by a delicious steak dinner. This summer Michael accompanied Nick on his Clergy Laity and Philoptochos Conference in Boca Raton, FL. Nick was thrilled that Michael shared his interest in computer design and photography.
Nick loved being around people and listening to music. Music Venus and cafes were a great time of Comaradarie. He loved Rockin’ it out to the Beatles.
Nick leaves behind his parents, Rosalie and George, Sister Tina and Brother-In-Law, Erick Mercado, Sister, Georgia Patchen and his beloved Nephew, Michael Patchen, Aunt Marianthi and Uncle Stamatis Soultanis, Uncle Bill Filipou, Aunt Soula Gianopoulos, Aunt Elleni and Uncle John Anemelos, Uncle Kosta and Aunt Lukia Sialma, Uncle Bill Sialma, and First Cousins, John and Donna Pavlos, John and Margie Gianopoulos, Jimmy and Kelly Gianopoulos, Philip and Jackee Gianopoulos, Eleni Soultanis and her husband Joel Diaz, Nick and Eleni Anemelos, Chris and Kitty Anemelos, Vaso and Elias Kolivos, Niko and Myrto Sialma, Spiro and Alecka Pavlos, and their families. Godbrothers, Michael Maroutsis, and Marge, Steven Maroutsis and Soula, Steve Zias and Emelie.
He was predeceased by his Maternal Grandparents, Chrisanthi and John Gianopoulos, Paternal Grandparents, Vasiliki and Niko Sialma, Uncle Mike Gianopoulos, Aunt Fani and Uncle Louis Filipou, Aunt Koula and Uncle Christo Pavlos, Papou Jimmy Stratus, Uncle Christos Stratus.
Visitation will be held Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY, where, at 8:00 pm a Trisagion Service will take place.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 4, at 10:00 am at Kimisis Greek Orthodox Church, 140 South Grand Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY. Interment will follow at Fishkill Rural Cemetery, Fishkill, NY.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Basil’s Academy, 83 St. Basil’s Rd. Garrison, NY 10524 or to The Dutchess Junction Fire Company, PO Box 107 Beacon, NY 12508.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jarett D. Quick at Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY 12508 (845) 831-0179
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Date Of Service
Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Location Of Service
Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY

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  1. Lea Bishop says:

    I am so honored to have had the opportunity to consider Nick my friend and my colleague. He and I worked together at the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce where we shared the same passion and goals for small businesses. When I found out that the grant I had written for the Women\’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) would be approved, the first thing I did was to call Nick and ask him to meet me for coffee. I could think of no one I would rather want to work with me as the key instructor and consultant for WEDC. Nick agreed, and since the opening of the WEDC Satellite at Marist in January 2013, Nick & I have worked together to make WEDC a huge success. He was the heart and soul and instructor for the 60Hour Business Training Program. All our clients loved him because he loved them. He was kind and patient and respected each and every one. I have never known him to say or think anything but the best about anyone. Our spring program was so popular, thanks to Nick, that we had to have 2 classes starting this past September. My heart is so heavy and my eyes are just flowing with tears. Tomorrow is Monday when Nick would normally come in and we would discuss things. But he won\’t be there tomorrow. Everyone could always count on him to do what he said he would and to be where he said he would be. As one of our clients said… our \’beloved\’ Nick will be so missed. We shall have a hole in all our hearts because this kind, gentle man has left us too soon to be with the Angels in Heaven.

  2. Rev Dr Daniel M Rogich says:

    I was so honored to be with Nick for three hours the very night before the morning when he fell asleep in the Lord. He made me feel as if I had known him my entire life. I was as all of us at the Clergy-laity Assembly in Pittsburgh totally grief stricken when he died. We had such a wonderful time that night talking about every subject imaginable, from computer programs to hockey to music to university teaching.He could talk about anything. And his charm, great joy and warmth I will treasure the rest of my life. I love you, Nick, and I know we\’ll meet again and continue our conversation some more someday! God be with our Lord! Pray for us!

  3. Father Anthony Falsarella says:

    Nick, you will be truly missed as one that help so much with my work at Saint Basil Academy, by being a great friend and fellow photographer. I will miss our times together working, talking, and just having coffee. You will be truly missed my friend. May your memory be eternal and may the Lord welcome you to His heavenly mansions.

  4. Patricia Fleming says:

    I first met Nick when we worked together at AFLAC and then collaborated when we were both involved with the Fishkill Democratic Committee. We shared time together also at the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce. I will miss Nick and his kidness and encouragements. My sympathy to his family and closest friends.

  5. Cathy Temple says:

    Nick and I met through the Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. He developed my website and maintained it as well as giving countless hours of help when my computer crashed and I needed a new one. With Nick\’s help I was able to continue business with a slight interruption. He was such a giving man and we became good friends. He will be sorely missed by one and all. My deepest sympathies to the entire family.

  6. Kevin Walsh says:

    I went to Glenham School with Nicky and we had the same teachers up to the 6th grade when we went to Rombout. Nick was my best friend as a child and I treasure the memories. I remember learning to eat spaghetti without sauce because of Nick (I still like that to this day). I used to love the Greek Cookies his mom would bring in for us. Nicky was always the quiet guy with the best smile in the class. He was a friend to all and people were glad to be around him. I am sorry that I hadn\’t seen him since we moved upstate in 1967, but I still remember the birthday parties, the school events (plays, holiday choruses, etc) at Glenham School like it was yesterday. I am so very sorry for your (and all of our) loss. May God grant Nicky eternal rest and help soothe the sorrow that I know you feel. Sincerely, Kevin Walsh

  7. Rosemary Kromidas Hendrix says:

    As I read the condolences to Nick\’s family, I felt so honored to have been a very small part of Nick\’s time and talents. We both edited for Fr. Charles Joanides\’ work in the area of Interfaith Marriage publications and Web site. I had only a brief relationship with Nick and I see that he spread himself thinly so that he could not only serve Christ but also everyone else who asked for his help. He made himself available to help me even late at night via our computers. I always \

  8. Theo Nicolakis says:

    Nick, you will be sorely missed dear brother in Christ. Our nearly 15 years of friendship and collaboration were a blessing. From the days where we worked together at St. Basil Academy to Philoptochos to the Archdiocese. May God grant you His eternal peace and joy as you enter into his kingdom with the words, \

  9. Fr. George L. Livanos says:

    As the body of the faithful we are most honored that Nick was one of our sons. He was a warm, kindhearted servant of Christ. We are all blessed to have known him and have eaten from the fruits of his labor.

  10. Kim Krueger and Family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Nick was a very kind and gentle person. It was a pleasure to know and work with him.

    Our deepest sympathy and love to you.

  11. Christina Massiala-Vaka says:

    He was a fine gentleman. Condolences to the family for their loss.

  12. Tom and Peggy Oney says:

    I have the pleasure and honor to call Nick my brother. We shared many great times in DU at Simpson College, and Nick was loved and appreciated by all. He was light on a dark day, warmth on a cold afternoon. Nick seemed forever happy about something, and reading the comments above I know he carried that spirit throughout his life. He was clearly a beloved member of a huge and loving family, and was for years an extension of our own. Time and geography may have limited our contact over the years, but brother Nick was never far from my thoughts. Go with God friend and brother. Keep a light burning for us though, and we will meet again! For Nicks family I mourn, but hope you take the occasion also to celebrate a life truly well lived! OPA!

  13. Alan & Marion Hunter says:

    Our condolences goes out to the family. Rest in peace Nick!

  14. Linda Reilly says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family, my prayers are with you. Nick was my teacher/mentor at Marist College in the WEDC program, there is where I learned who Nick was as a person via his stories and ventures in life, thank you Nick. I am privileged to have known him.

  15. Steve Zias says:

    I still cannot believe that Nick is gone from our lives. Growing up in the Junction, Nick was not only my \

  16. Stephen Maroutsis says:

    Nick was the Godson of my grandparents James and Chrisoula Maroutsis. As a child I would spend my summers in Beacon, NY. I was two years older than Nick or Nikkaki as we used to call him. My grandparents used to rent a room in his parent\’s house for the summer. I spent many a summer\’s day playing with him. Running around his house and being yelled at by my grandmother and his mom Loula. What fun we used to have. He was as kindhearted a soul as anyone would ever want to meet. As fate would have it we re-connected in our thirties. He rented an apartment in the same building as my wife and myself. Many an afternoon we spent eating pizza together from Rose and Joe\’s in Astoria. He would be telling me about all of his get rich quick schemes and we would laugh and laugh about them. I will always remember him for his warmth and sincerity I will miss him dearly.

  17. Paul Goldsworthy says:

    I only knew Nick for a few short years, but I know how much he will be missed. I offer prayers for Nick and his family. We were all blessed to have crossed paths with him on our Journey.

  18. Katherine and Peter Spiliotis says:

    We were shocked and very saddened to hear that Nick passed away. He will always be remembered for all the good work he did at St. Nicholas. Our heartfelt condolences to your family at this very difficult time. May God grant him peace and give you strength.

  19. Libby Faison says:

    Our condolences to all of Nick\’s family. We will always remember him as a man with a smile and nice word to say about all. God bless him.
    Libby and Nanci
    Beacon Barkery

  20. Maria Treptow says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Nick these past few years and he was a kind and loving person. He will be greatly missed by all of us here at PDS. My prayers go out to him and his family.

  21. Michael Maroutsis says:

    Oh, those wonderous bluest of blue eyes! Nick my God-brother, may those eyes now gaze upon the very face of God.

    I am sure your Godmother was there to greet you as you entered through the gates of Paradise.

  22. pota roussos bozydaj says:

    Nick will be greatly missed by all . he was a wonderful and very giving man and touched all our lives.

    our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  23. Karen (Tieder) and Ron Martino says:

    I was just shock and sad to heard of Nick\’s passing. I will always remember a special little boy that my family just loved. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers Love, Karen and Ron

  24. Anthony Parisi says:

    I had the pleasure to work with Nick during our years at Prodigy and thereafter. I was shocked to hear of his passing and pass along my condolences to his family. At this most difficult of times, may you find solace in knowing Nick was admired by everyone who knew him.

  25. Angela Haun says:

    I was deeply saddened by the news of Nick passing. I feel blessed that our paths crossed through PDS for a short time. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies to you and your family for your great loss and may the memories of Nick help you find peace. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace.

  26. Duane Lookingbill says:

    Nick Sialmas was an unrelenting and memorable Socratic friend to me in my student days at Simpson College — and I am sure not only to me, but to everyone else as well.

  27. The Norwegian Immigration Assoc. (historical society) says:

    The NIA is deeply saddened and shocked at the passing of a dear friend and inspiring technical expert. He was able to see both sides of the web site visits. He had been an outstndingand insightful help to our organization in NYC.
    His knowledge and wisdom was awesome.
    Roy Jorgensen for theNorwegian Immigration Association.

  28. Maurice Marshall says:

    It was with great sorrow that I learned of Nick\’s repose yesterday. I did not know Nick personally, but I had many email and phone conversations with him as he helped us with the installation and use of the new Parish Office System at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church here in the west Texas town of San Angelo. His patience and understanding were so appreciated. Memory eternal.

  29. Robert Gedaliah and Rande Davis Gedaliah says:

    We knew Nick for many years at the Roughrider Toastmasters Club in NYC. He was a wonderful man with a big heart. Nick was a terrific member, mentor, and friend to many.
    He was also a fabulous speaker.

    You will be missed. Rest in Peace, our friend.

    Robert Gedaliah and Rande Davis Gedaliah

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