Nicholas G. Karabots of Fort Washington, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 1, 2021. He was 87 years old. Born July 11, 1933, in Englewood, NJ, he was the son of the late George and Constance (nee Chrisomalis) Karabots, and the beloved husband and soul mate of Athena (nee Dikegoros) Karabots, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage.
To everyone who knew “Nick” Karabots both personally and professionally, he left an indelible mark. Nick’s strength of personality and endearing ability to connect with people, both young and old, paved the way for a life filled with great accomplishment, and the joy and happiness that can only be found by one who loves others and is loved in return. Whether he was with friends, colleagues or creating learning opportunities for the youth of the City of Philadelphia to whom he wanted to lend a helping hand, Nick always thought of himself as just a “kid from the Bronx”. The essence of Nick Karabots is best reflected in the pride he had in his “Spartan” heritage and the strength of purpose he gained from both witnessing the struggles of his parents as first generation Greek immigrants, and from his own spartan childhood growing up on the streets of NYC.
After serving his country in the United States Navy, Nick married the love of his life Athena, and with nothing more than a high school diploma, an innate self-taught business sense and unmatched work ethic, he began his life’s journey that in time became filled with both business and philanthropic accomplishments. Nick’s passion to build and create led to the formation of a long and varied list of businesses in the printing, publishing, golf course, vineyard and real estate arenas. Although Nick always kept a razor sharp focus on his business interests and set a very high bar for all of his colleagues to strive for, one of Nick’s most rewarding achievement was the work of The Nicholas & Athena Karabots Foundation helping those less fortunate. His greatest pride however was his loving family who he cherished and adored.
Those lucky enough to have known Nick Karabots will never forget him. His lasting legacy is his loving wife Athena, his devoted family, life-long friends, loyal business colleagues, and countless others who will forever remember Nick’s gap-toothed smile, the gleam in his eye, his masterful negotiating style, his demand for one’s best effort, his perpetual attention to detail, and his spirit of living life to its fullest each and every day. His life and memory has made this world a better place.
In addition to his wife Athena, Nicholas is survived by his three daughters Andrea Duloc (Michael), Despina McNulty (Joseph), and Constance Kolkka (Paul); ten grandchildren: Alecia Jankowski (Matthew), Zachary Duloc (Stephanie), Andrew McNulty (Kate), Christopher McNulty (Anne), Kara McNulty, Nick Kolkka, Stefan Kolkka, Griffin Kolkka, Sophia Kolkka and Caliope Kolkka; great grandchildren; Kennedy McNulty and Zoe Duloc, and his sister Despina Fassuliotis (William). He was preceded in death by his sister Anna Agrian and his brother Christos Karabots.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no public viewing or service. A private service will be held for Mr. Karabots at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church followed by a private interment. Mr. Karabots’ service will be Live Streamed through St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/saintsophiachurch at 11 AM on Thursday February 11. Family services are by Boyd-Horrox-Givnish of East Norriton, 610-277-7000. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Karabots’ name can be made to:
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, P.O. Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352. Please write in memory of Nicholas Karabots on the memo line. or online at www.chop.edu/give/NicholasKarabots.
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery’s Nicholas Karabots Fund for the Underserved
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Office of Development, 559 West Germantown Pike, East Norriton, PA 19403; or online at https://advance.einstein.edu/giving/tribute-gifts/
Nicholas Karabots Education Fund at The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute, Development Department, 222 North 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103; by calling 215-448-1339; or online at www.fi.edu/donate.