Shrewsbury – Nicholas E. Gatzios, 83, of Shrewsbury, passed away at home after a short illness on March 23, 2021. Nick was born in Worcester, son of the late Evangelos D. and Lefkothea (Vasiadis) Gatzios.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Ruth O. (Palmer) Gatzios; one daughter, Lynne Ann Petty and her husband Thomas of Newburyport; a son, Michael Nicholas Gatzios and wife Liliana Alatorre-Gatzios of Newburyport; and a stepson, Richard Froton of Deerfied, N.H. He was a loving Papou to his four grandchildren, Nicholas, Sophia, Max and Alexander. Nick leaves two sisters, Freny Kolbe of Maine and Elly Nuti of New York City; a niece, Anh Dao Kolbe of Ar.; and a nephew, Max Nuti of East Hampton, N.Y.
He graduated from Worcester Junior College with several degrees in Electronics, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Clark University. He was employed by Rockwell Automation, retiring in 2002, after 36 years in Project, Sales and Marketing management positions. He started his career as Design Engineer at Machinery Electrification in Northborough, moving on to the Electronics Corporation of America in Cambridge as Marketing Manager for the Photoswitch division. ECA was purchased by Rockwell International.
Nick was an active member of IEEE (Institute Of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and was chairman of several committees. He was amateur radio operator for over 65 years with call letters W1BGL and past president of CMARA (Central Ma Amateur Radio Association) as well as a member of ARRL.
A member of Saint Spyridon Cathedral in Worcester and President of the Saint George Hellenic Benefit Society, a philanthropic group which provided financial support to the descendants and the village of Tsamantas, Greece.
Nick enjoyed spending most of his time in the summer at their ocean-front home in Waldoboro, Maine, relaxing, fishing and boating with Ruth, children, grandchildren and friends. He also enjoyed his woodworking projects.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, March 28, from 3-5 p.m., at the Chiampa Funeral Home ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, Shrewsbury Center. A visitation period will be held on Monday, March 29, from 9-10 a.m., at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 102 Russell Street, Worcester. His funeral service will follow at 10 a.m., and interment takes place at Hope Cemetery, Worcester.
A celebration of Nicholas’ life will be held at a later date when people can safely gather.