of Brighton and West Harwich passed away on February 16, 2021 due to complications from surgery. Nick was a proud first-generation Greek American whose Spartan roots were often on display throughout his life. He was jovial in spirit, passionate in debate and never short on jokes or a good story. In his early childhood he worked for his father’s fruit store where he served his idol Ted Williams and Rose Kennedy. He once jumped on the back of Yogi Berra. During his time at the store, he learned about hard work, business and occasionally how to collect unpaid debts. Baseball was his true passion and he excelled at Brighton High. He ruined Mayor Ray Flynn’s perfect game with a base hit. Although he was scouted by the Braves and recruited for college baseball, he chose academics. He picked Boston University because Harry Agganis, “The Golden Greek”, his childhood hero, had gone there. He graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Although he graduated somewhere in the middle of his class, he landed one of the highest paying jobs at Raytheon, in the Missile Systems Division, making twelve thousand dollars a year. He worked on missiles such as the Sparrow, Hawk, and early versions of the Patriot. During his time at Raytheon, he became instrumental as the lead engineer. He troubleshooted and problem solved for the space shuttle. It was not surprising, during those days, to see the FBI parked on Mapleton Street. Wanting a change from engineering, he had a vision for a restaurant, the “Spoon Full of Greece”. The logo was a spoon holding the Parthenon. There is a rendering. His family, however, would guide him in a different direction. He began work for an engineering company, Airtek, where he designed industrial steel smokestacks. He called them “stationary missiles”. But his true calling for entrepreneurism was simply too strong. He decided to leave Airtek and start his own engineering company in 1979, Alpha Environmental Services, Inc. His first steel stack job was for Disney World and he never looked back. He completed jobs throughout North America, successfully managing his family business for more than thirty years. He retired in 2010.
During his time at BU, and for many years afterwards, he worked as a bartender at the Rathskeller in Kenmore Square. He served sports legends. He played drums with Barry and the Remains, a backup band for the Beatles. He broke up fisticuffs between BU and BC’s football teams. This is also where he met his Beloved wife, Ruth E. (Harper) Racheotes. Their initial meeting involved a legendary story of chivalry. Their marriage lasted for over 53 years. To Nick, his family always came first. A Devoted father of Andrew D. and his wife Diane of Goodyear AZ, Peter N. and his wife Robyn of Brighton and Lexxie A. of Dennis Port. Loving Papou, (grandfather), of Andrew Jr., Nicholas P., and Harrison B. and devoted Brother of Georgia Racheotes. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. A true one-of-a-kind personality that will be sorely missed. Nick was an amazing father, a devoted husband, a loyal friend, and a man not afraid to speak his mind.
Visiting Hours in the Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home 63 Chestnut Hill Ave. on Monday February 22nd from 4-8pm. Funeral Service in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England 514 Parker Street Boston on Tuesday February 23rd at 11am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Services will be live streamed on www.bostoncathedral.org click on YOUTUBE LINK Interment Private. Nick was a member of the George K. Menichios American Legion Post #324, AHEPA, ROMEO Harwich Chapter and Allen Harbor Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Nick may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England 162 Goddard Ave Brookline, MA 02445.
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