Parikiaki’s very own Neophytos Nicolaou sadly passed away on Sunday 21st February 2021, 6.30am, at University College London Hospital, after battling coronavirus. He was 74.
Neophytos was the former General Manager of our newspaper Parikiaki and one of the main organisers of the Cypriot Wine Festival.
He leaves behind his wife Evoulla, daughter Egli, son Alex; His daughter Maria sadly passed away in 2016 at the age of 46.
He also leaves six grandchildren: Jimmy, Stephanie, Leo, Zoe, Evie and Chris, and three sisters: Maro, Savoulla and Lalla who live in Cyprus.
Neophytos was admitted to North London Middlesex Hospital on 9th January 2021 and transferred a week later, on 16th January, to UCLH which has become a specialist Covid-19 hospital.
His wife Evoulla also contracted Covid-19 and was taken to North Middlesex Hospital; she has since recovered and has returned home.
Neophytos was born 11th December 1946 in Erimi, Cyprus. The son of Nikola and Egli, he was part of an immediate family of nine. He had three brothers: Alexandros, Antonaki and Koko, and three sisters: Maroulla, Savoulla and Lalla.
Neophytos attended Lanition Gymnasium in Limassol.
He came to the UK in May 1963 at the age of 16. He first lived in Kentish Town and studied at Pitmans College.
He married Evoulla from Limassol on 17th August 1969 and lived in Palmers Green.
He worked in the rag trade for several years and later became General Manager of Parikiaki. He then became Organising Secretary for AKEL in Britain and was General Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK.
In his later years, Neophytos was instrumental in raising thousands of pounds for charity, notably Radiomarathon, where he was made a Trustee.
In memory of Neophytos, we will be collecting donations, with the proceeds to be shared between Radiomarathon, and two organisations also close to his heart: Parikiaki newspaper and AKEL in Britain. Any donation, however big or small, will be greatly appreciated.
He will never be forgotten and will always be held close to our hearts.
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