John Nick Alexiades (87) passed away Wednesday, May 27th. May his memory be eternal to all his family and friends. John is survived by his loving wife Sophia of 57 years, his daughters Anna, and Irene (Yango), and his son Nick (Rinoula). John had 7 wonderful grandchildren that he loved with all his heart.
John was born in Karpathos, Greece to Nick a coal miner in West Virginia, and Irene who raised him. John grew up under Italian occupation in Greece during World War II and became fluent in Italian going to the Musolini school as a young boy. John would always tell stories of the challenges growing up during those difficult times and how he was able to bring food to his family.
At 18, John immigrated to the United States on the Queen Mary. John came to Wheeling, WV first to stay with his father. John's father gave John a few dollars and told him to go and get a job. John came to the largest nearby city, Pittsburgh, PA.
John came to a big city without a plan or support. He used his knowledge of Italian to get a job at an Italian restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh and was fluent enough to convince them he was an Italian himself. From his days as a young boy, until his retirement John worked hard every moment of his life; even working multiple jobs at one time.
John went on to lead multiple Greek-American organizations including the Karpathian Education Progressive Association (KEPA). During his terms as President of KEPA John led the construction of the first hospital on the island of Karpathos. John always kept his roots close to his heart and worked hard to provide for those that sought out the same dreams he had to come to America and provide for their family.
John also owned and operated the Olympic Flame restaurant in Oakland for more than 10 years and established strong relationships in the community there. John went on throughout his career to serve in many roles within the service industry at prominent restaurants and hotels throughout Pittsburgh. John was renowned for his professionalism and even served leaders of foreign nations and presidents. John was a constant businessman and would usually be seen around his hometown of Dormont in a blazer and dress clothes at all times. Many would even call him the "Mayor of Dormont" even though he never held any office. May he rest in peace. Arrangements entrusted to WILLIAM SLATER FUNERAL SEVICE, (412-563-2800), Scott Twp., 15220.
Given the circumstances of the global pandemic there will be a private funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church or The Greek American Progressive Association Scholarship Fund.