Beloved husband for 45 years of Gwendolyn Andrews. Adored and adoring father of Christina (Natalie Dumoulin), the late Alexandra, Melina (Derek Robinson) and Christopher (Sarah Lamarche). Proud Papou to Emma, Ralston and Lola Robinson, and Samantha and Matthew Bousquet.
Tom is survived by his brother John Nakos, as well as his devoted nieces and nephews.
Tom was fiercely loyal to his adopted Canada. Born in the mountains of north central Greece, he traded in his too-small-for-him hometown, Siatista, for the thrills and challenges of Montreal in 1956. He knew neither English nor French and knew no one, but his grit, determination and ambition led him to become a towering presence in the world fur industry, owning and operating various companies throughout North America and Europe. Hard work, determination and a desire to succeed defined the businessman who, never one to shy away from an opportunity, became the owner of cherished Montreal landmark Wienstein and Gavino and other restaurants and other ventures.
Tom was a guy’s guy, a ladies’ man and a peoples’ person. He worked hard, loved deeply and gave generously. Running on Mount Royal at the crack of dawn, be it with friends, his wife or alone was his time to reflect on and appreciate life while pushing himself to go faster and for longer. Other footprints in the early morning snow on Mount Royal only meant that Tom woke up earlier the next day to make sure his were the first.
Hours of competitive backgammon, cards, tennis and football filled family holidays; traveling with close friends throughout the world filled him with wonder and joy. He was proud of his Greek heritage and supported Greece and Greek causes throughout his life. His support of the Phrixos B. Papachristidis Chair in Modern Greek Studies at McGill University was a great source of satisfaction to him and his support of the Cedars Cancer Foundation at the MUHC over the past many years was one of great pride.
Tom was in declining health for several years, and the unfortunate effects of COVID-19 served to accelerate his decline. It was a source of considerable gratitude and relief that Tom was able to spend his final days at home where he passed away, surrounded by his loved ones.
We are grateful to the MUHC Glen COVID-19 team of C9 North for their wonderful care of Tom for the month he was there. We are fortunate that we have such dedicated and caring health care professionals – doctors, nurses, dieticians, PABs, OTs, - to care for us.
We wish to thank Aladin Cordera for his kind, compassionate devotion to Tom these last months and to our other attentive caregivers, Rebecca Ogiemwonyi for her tireless care, and to Lee, Ivie and Zyra. We could not have given Tom the loving care he so richly deserved these several months without them.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Cedars CanSupport through the Cedars Cancer Foundation (cedars.ca/cansupport), a supportive care service for cancer patients and their caregivers his wife started over 30 years ago at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) or to St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral (hcgm.org).
Given the restrictions of COVID-19 on funerals and other public gatherings, the family will hold a celebration of Tom’s life when it is appropriate to do so.
He will be sorely missed, but more importantly, he will be forever remembered.
May his memory be a blessing.
Condolences can be left online at: https://mountroyalcem.permavita.com/site/ThomasNacos.html?s=50