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Nicholas M. Mihalas


July 3, 2017

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Nicholas M. Mihalas

Nicholas M. Mihalas passed away June 26, 2017.

He was born in Norfolk, Va., in 1937.

As the son of Greek immigrants, he did not learn to speak English until the first grade. His father died when he was only 4 and his mother, Vivi, was left to raise three young children on her own. She had three simple rules, which guided him throughout his life: get an education, be economical and be nice to people.

He was a star athlete and senior class president at Maury High School. Dozens of universities recruited him for their football programs, but he selected Virginia Tech due to the strength of their engineering program. Off the field, he earned his B.S. in chemical engineering and was active in the Corp of Cadets.

He took his first job with General Electric in Philadelphia. He earned his MBA from Pepperdine University and went to work for Timex, eventually being promoted to president, where he oversaw their move from mechanical to electronic quartz watches. He left Timex to become a consultant and entrepreneur, later retiring to Kiawah Island, S.C.

He married his wife, Elaine, in 1966, and they had two children, Mike and Christina. He loved his three grandchildren, Nicholas, Zoë and Xan. Being around family and friends was his greatest joy. He enjoyed spending his last years close to his grandkids in the mountains near Brevard.

He was always entertaining and enjoyed being around people. He was relentlessly optimistic and good humored, joking to the very end.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Elaine M. Mihalas; along with his son, Michael J. Mihalas, and wife, Nicole, of Pisgah Forest, and daughter, Christina Mihalas, of Pacifica, Calif .; and three grandchildren, Nicholas, Zoë and Alexander.

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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home is caring for the family.


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