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Nicholas G. Vallindras
  • September 3, 1931 - July 5, 2017
  • West Suffield, Connecticut

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Nicholas G. Vallindras, “Nick, Daddy Rudders, University of Rudders and Mr. “V.” age 85, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2017, at his home in West Suffield, Connecticut. He was born on September 3, 1931, in San Francisco. California, to the late George and Koula (Melanitis) Vallindras, originally from Greece; and who having also born his only surviving sibling and sister Mary Vallindras, his late brothers Leo and Jimmy Vallindras and sister Antoinette Vallindras. He was a 1949 graduate of Balboa High School in San Francisco, California and served his country in the Korean War from 1952-1954 while stationed in Germany. He went on to the Army Reserves where he was honorably discharged in 1960. He married his beloved wife and childhood sweetheart Saundra “Jane” (Lyons) Vallindras, of 59 years, on March 8, 1958. He was an endearing dedicated family man who loved and adored his daughters unconditionally; Christina V. Maillet and son-in-law Ronald Maillet, of Canton, Connecticut and Katherine V. Tappen and son-in-law Roger Tappen, granddaughter Taylor Morgan and grandsons Alexander and Jackson of Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, and all their extended families and friends. He is survived and predeceased by many other loving family members including mother and father-in-law Eric and Edythe Lyons, sister and brother in laws Vera Vallindras, Eric Lyons and Jan and John Atta Lyons, Paul and Patricia Lyons and Deanna Lyons, nephews and nieces Mark Vallindras, Greg and James Lyons, Heather, Becky and Beth Lyons and all their family members. He worked for Otis Elevator for over 34 years before retiring on February 28, 1994. He fulfilled a childhood dream of seeing the world through his career with Otis, visiting more than 50 countries often sharing his many experiences and perspectives on life and history with all who touched him. He could teach even the worldly of scholars or expertly skilled and crafted tradesmen something new and meaningful. Above all, he loved his family and his country and we were often reminded what a privilege it was to be an American. He had a heart of gold full of endless unconditional love and patience, kind humble gentleness, and unyielding unpretentious selflessness. He was a self taught brilliant master of countless trades where he could often be seen in his garage, with the door always open ready to drop everything to help anyone in need, tinkering, improving, building or fixing something, even if brand new only to make it better. He loved to work on his meticulously manicured lush lawns making sure not a blade of grass was unattended or sprinkler head out of place. He had the enviable ability to “nick name” so many and who’s endearing names where forever a part of them. While his family legacy began in San Francisco, his career with Otis took his family on many journeys and new homes over the years spanning coast to coast from San Francisco, California to Portland, Oregon to Berkeley Heights, New Jersey to Simsbury, Connecticut to West Palm Beach, Florida before finally settling and spending the past 30 years in West Suffield, Connecticut surrounded by wonderful caring neighbors and unwavering support of Saundra and her love, passion and endless volunteer work with the Bethany Church family and dear friends. Over the past several years of his life and when in better health, he was able to make many cherished cross country trips, with Saundra usually in the drivers seat and his beloved Brandy and Amber in tow, to “The Cabin” on Cobb Mtn., California. It was on Cobb where he found such peace, joy, tranquility and lifelong “Pine Grove” country friends and family, all near and dear to his heart as well. He so loved and enjoyed the beauty of the tall majestic pine trees, clean dry fresh air, abundant bright filtered sunshine, beautiful mountain landscape, wildlife and his newly built bathroom and deck, all of which making for everlasting family memories. He worked compassionately and tirelessly on improving the cabin’s structure, safety, functionality and comfort for the entire family to enjoy for years to come. We are eternally grateful daddy and will forever love and miss you dearly. The family invites you to a “Celebration of Life” service to be held at the Bethany Assembly of God Church, 580 Main St., Agawam, Massachusetts on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:00pm with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a contribution to The Salvation Army or Wounded Warrior Project in honor of their amazing husband, father and friend.