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Update posted by Aaron Sachowitz On Nov 08

With great sadness I write that Nikos has passed here in Greece. I got a call from the hospital at 3:30am (5:30pm Pacific) letting me know. I am very grateful that I was able to visit him twice since arriving here on Friday. Even though it was for only 10 minutes each time, I got to touch his shoulder and speak to him. I hope that he passed knowing he was not alone. It seems like he hung in there long enough for me to arrive--and, not to make it political, and for the defeat of Trump to be recognized. I'll spend the next few days trying to organize his affairs here in Athens before returning back to the US. I plan to have him cremated here, and will then transport his ashes back to San Francisco where, despite his love for Greece, I think he would have preferred to have his remains, close to the community he built and lived in for so much of his life. I will see if the Proud Seniors of Greece want to hold a socially distant memorial here for him as well, since he was an honorary member of that group.

Thank you all for the support over the last few weeks, it's been very helpful to me know how many people were impacted by my father over the years, and how wide and deep his network of friends and family extended. He will be greatly missed, but I know his memory will serve as a blessing for all of us.

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Nikos came into our family over 15 years ago when he found that he had a son from his sperm donation.. He was proud to be Aaron’s dad and the field of genealogy became a subject of great interest to Nikos for the rest of his life. He was the grandfather of three girls, Roque, Mélika, and Octavia. Roque is 9 and old enough to remember him, but the twins are just over 2. I feel blessed that Nikos was part of our family and he will be missed so very much. May his memory be for a blessing,

Nikki Sachs

Update posted by Nov 09

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This is just heartbreaking - I’m so sorry. Can’t help but think about everything Nikos has meant to you and what a sacred story this is. May his memory be a blessing.

Abigail Donahue

Update posted by Nov 08

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Tears still flowing as I read your words Aaron and all. Special was/is Nikos, he was steadfast in our friendship, I’m happy that he called me the day before he left for Athens, I didn’t even think it could be our last goodbye. Farewell and good journey from here on my friend. Keep us posted for any memorial, Aaron, bless you, prayers for Nikos.

stefen STEFEN

Update posted by Nov 08

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We are so sad to have lost our friend and a man we admired and respected immeasurably. To be able to be friends with such a person was a blessing and it hurts all the more to think that we won’t share laughs with him now, only memories. i can hear his voice. I miss my friend. Take care of yourself, Aaron, and thank you for all you have done and for keeping us informed at this very difficult time.

Jim Cruz-Youll

Update posted by Nov 08

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So sad to hear. Nikos will be greatly missed here in San Francisco. I pulled on of his books off the shelf to read as a memorial to him. Thank-you so much Aaron for all that you’ve done for him. I know how much it met to him to be connected with you. If you need any help planning a memorial here in SF please feel free to contact me.

Joey Cain

Update posted by Nov 08

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Nikos was a loving friend for half a century of my life in New York City, San Francisco and Mexico. He was a trailblazer for multiethnic LGBT+ human rights, a pioneer Gay journalist and originated the concept of LGBT+ oral history documentaries. Hasta pronto, hermano Tony. Roberto Camp Yucatan Mexico

Roberto Camp

Update posted by Nov 08

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My condolences Aaron. May his memory be eternal and spirit everlasting in our hears. Ζωή σε μας.

Harry Portellos

Update posted by Nov 08

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Aaron, I’m so glad for you that you were able to see Nikos before his death. You were a dutiful and loving son and are to be lauded for that. As an old friend of you dad, I thank you for that. Nikos would have been touched. He had a big heart. My thoughts go with you at this time. May they be ones that remind you of happier times. Dennis Siple

Dennis Siple

Update posted by Nov 08

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I have no words to express my sadness about the loss of my friend Nikos. I’m glad you were there with him.

Joan Kramer

Update posted by Nov 08

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Thanks Aaron for all you’ve done for your Dad! He loved you so much! Warmly, Ron Auerbacher

RON AUERBACHER

Update posted by Nov 08

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