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GLOUCESTER, MA: Paul Nickas passed away on March 4, 2016, at the wonderful age of 91, at his home in Gloucester. Loving brother to his sister, Esta, he was a man of many accomplishments. While still a student in college, he was one of the first Gloucester men to be drafted in World War II. Paul served with the United States Army in the 299th Ordnance, under General George Patton and fought at the Battle of the Bulge in the Rhineland in central Europe. He received many medals for his military service in the American and European theaters.

After his graduation from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, he taught chemistry at Gloucester High School, while continuing his higher education pursuits. Subsequent to teaching at Gloucester High School, he became a full-time professor in the Science Department at Keene State College in New Hampshire. As the recipient of many post-graduate fellowships and grants, he continued his studies and completed research at many institutions, among them Harvard University, New York University, Yale University, and the University of Colorado. He also conducted nuclear research at the Oak Ridge Nuclear Center in Tennessee for the United States government.

After his retirement from Keene State College, Paul continued to follow his passions. He authored two books and was working on a third. A life-long musician, he played a variety of instruments and was also an artist. He could also tackle a multitude of hands-on undertakings, from carpentry to plumbing to electrical work.

In addition to his sister, he leaves behind three nieces and one nephew, Antoinette Konaxis, Julie Ferriero and her husband, Peter, Jay Konaxis and his wife, Betsy, and Ioanna Madigosky and her husband, Howard. He also leaves behind many great-nieces and great-nephews, Benn Ferriero and his wife, Hali, Cody and Nathan Ferriero, Jake, Rachel, Corey, and Olivia Konaxis, Tia and Jason Madigosky; a great-great-nephew, Jacob Madigosky; and his long-time friend, George Belezos.

Arrangements by Greely Funeral Home are private. Visiting hours for family are at 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA, on Thursday, March 10, 2016, and begin at 10 a.m. Father John Govostes will conduct funeral services at 12 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Beechbrook Cemetery in West Gloucester. Gifts in his memory may be made to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, Post Office Box 6, 8 Lafayette Road, Ipswich, MA 01938. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  March 8, 2016
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