The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of longtime volunteer Lewis Achilles Nassikas on October 13 at his home in West Falmouth. He was 85.
Lewis was born in 1931 in Manchester, NH, the son of Christine and Achilles J. Nassikas. He graduated from Kimball Union Academy and the University of New Hampshire and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
After working briefly at IBM, Lewis followed the family tradition and went into the food business. He worked for many years at Table Talk Pies and Idlewild Foods, Inc., where he held senior positions. An active member of the Worcester community, he was an elected Member of the American Antiquarian Society.
Upon retirement, Lewis and his wife Phyllis moved full-time to their beloved summer home in West Falmouth where he actively pursued a wide variety of interests. He volunteered many hours at WHOI in the Ocean Science Exhibit Center and the Data Library and Archives and at the West Falmouth Library. He was an ardent bird watcher who loved the outdoors including kayaking, bicycling, walking, and swimming. Also an avid reader, he always had a book or two in his hands.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis Andreson Nassikas, three children, Kristina and her husband William J. Matsch III of Edina, MN; Lewis A. Nassikas, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Newton, Mass; and Alexandria and her husband Charles Peter Skouras III of Malibu, CA; two grandchildren, Victoria and Alexandra Nassikas; a brother James A. Nassikas of Mill Valley, CA, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m., at the West Falmouth Library, 575 W Falmouth Highway (Route 28A), West Falmouth, Mass.
Donations in his memory may be made to the West Falmouth Library, P.O. Box 1209, West Falmouth, Mass., 02574 or to the American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Mass., 01609.
Information for the obituary is from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason website.