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Nicholas "Nicos" Tseperis

10/31/2010

Nicholas “Nicos” Tseperis, the renowned Greek singer, guitarist, composer, orchestra leader and comedian passes away on October 31, 2010 at the age of 87 surrounded by the comfort of his family. He now joins his loving wife, Nike Ordolis Tseperis who passed away in 2007.  

The "Man with the Golden Voice" enjoyed a lustrous career spanning four decades. His popularity stretched from his homeland of Greece, across Europe and America.

Nicos Tseperis was born September 7, 1923 in Athens, Greece to Daniel and Virginia Tseperis. His father earned his fortune as an importer/exporter of spices, a true “rags-to-riches” story. He grew up in a loving family with his three siblings, Ermolalos, Maria, and Dimitrios. He is survived by four daughters: two from his first marriage, Ioanna and Eleni plus their children, along with two daughters from his marriage to his wife, Nike of over fifty years, Virginia and Danielle. Danielle and her husband Steve also have a son, John Kalas, a delight to his grandfather. His family carries his memory and legacy to the future generations.   

            While he enjoyed a fair amount of celebrity status in his life, like the great Greek thinkers before him, Nicos Tseperis was philosophical. This was illustrated in his love of chess. He appreciated the strategy it required and admired the artistry of the pieces. But he would reflect at the end of the day how the King and the Pawn go into the same box. Furthermore, he was fond of saying, “It’s important to be a giver and happy to give, so practice real generosity.”

            Tseperis lived in many cosmopolitan cities, such as Paris, Cannes, Athens, and Istanbul. But America became his favored home. He lived in a number of cities, including Boston, Washington D.C., Cleveland and New York City. His career began in France; he moved there from Athens and began playing clubs and nightspots. Eventually he was hired to entertain aboard the yacht of a wealthy Greek shipping magnate, Pantelis Pantelakis. The two became good friends. Pantelakis wanted him to continue on, but Tseperis was hearing the siren call of the United States. It was with reluctance that Pantelakis granted him cross-Atlantic passage aboard one of his ships.

            In America Tseperis quickly found favor as an entertainer. He was an instant sensation with an impromptu performance at the Greek Nightclub, the Athenian Corner, where he sang a potpourri of songs in different languages and even engaged the crowd of 200 to sing along with him in Greek. He built up a regular following at Catskill Mountain resorts and entertained many celebrities, among them Van Johnson, Anthony Quinn, Harry Belafonte, Fred Gwynne and Melina Mercouri.

            During the course of his career he appeared on the Mike Douglas and Dick Cavett television shows, recorded six albums and performed for Aristotle Onassis and Queen Frederika of Greece. He also appeared in a Greek film. He was also a successful music producer and record company owner (Nina Records in New York City) and was greatly influential in the Greek and International music scene and worked with some of the great performers, among them Apostolos Nikolaidis, Stelios Katanzidis, Manolis Hiotis and Mary Linda,Marinella, Nicos Gounaris, Poly Panou, Yianni Tatasopoulos, Rena Dalia, Yiota Lidia, Ioannis Papaioannou, Spiros Zagoreos, Nicos Pourpourakis, Duo Acropol, The Trio Bel Canto and Jim Apostolou. 

            A consummate professional, hard working and a lover of entertainment, music, family and friends – these are the qualities that characterized Nicos Tseperis life.

             “I have always followed the flow in my life and gone with what is before me.  I have looked for and listened for the opportunities in my life” stated Nicos.  “I do not go against what is natural.  

             Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd., Wayne.
            Funeral services will be held 10 AM on Friday, November 5, from the funeral home then to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 467 Grandview Ave., Wyckoff where an 11 AM Funeral Service will be held.
              Interment will be in the First Reformed Church Cemetery, Pompton Plains.

Guest Book

11/2/2010

Dear Danielle, Steve, John and Virginia: My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and your families at this difficult time. Your father was such a kind and generous man. If there is anything I can do,please I am here. Love, Denise,Alex,Stephanie

Denise, Alex, and Stephanie Hanna

11/2/2010

Dear Virginia, Danielle, Steve, John and Tseperis Family, Our deepest and sincerest condolences to your family on the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. Nico Tseperis was a wonderful man and it was our privilege to have known him. Warm and entertaining he had the natural gift of making anyone in his presence feel relaxed, happy and, of course, entertained. We have fond memories of the many times he welcomed us into his home. A home filled with laughter, joy and song. We will all miss him dearly but we take comfort in knowing that he is up in heaven entertaining the crowd and reunited with the love of his life, Nike. Bravo to you Mr. Tseperis for a life well lived!! Se agapame The Macagne Family

Nancy Macagne

11/2/2010

Hi Virginia, My love and prayers to you and your family. May our Lord comfort you on this very difficult time. Brenda

Brenda Agregado

11/2/2010

Our hearts go out to each of you. Nicos had a good life and brought joy to many with his talent, humor and joy of life. There is something for all of us to learn from his style and spirit. He loved his daughters very much and is now in a far away land making music with many singing gently of his love for you. Listen closely and hear the sweet tenor in your heart. I believe in Angels and give thanks for them every day. Much love to you all.

Chris Eaton

11/2/2010

Virginia: I was so sorry to hear about the death of your father. In reading the Obituary, he was truly an amazing man. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Respectfully, Marianne Piazza

MARIANNE PIAZZA

11/3/2010

Dear Mrs. Kalas I am sorry to hear about the death of John’s grandpa. I am sure that John will always be proud be proud of the memories of his grandpa. My deep Condolences to you and to your family Ms. Maarouf

Ms. Afaf Maarouf

11/3/2010

great entertainer. ta silipitiria mou.

haris zavolas

11/3/2010

Danielle, Virgina, I'm so sorry that you lost your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and with the family. May his memory be eternal. His music filled my home growing up, and we would play his records over and over. His beautiful voice was truly a gift from God. I hope that you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of him, and that you know that he touched so many of our lives. Aiwnia h mnhmh tou. With much love and respect, I look forward to dedicating some of his music on my next radio program.

Meletios Pouliopoulos

11/3/2010

Dear Danielle, Virginia, Steve and John, What a blessing your dear father/pappou's life was to those in his family and friends. I'm sure he is the proudest grandpa looking down on all those he touched. Love, Marietta, Paul, Viki & Joseph Leibow

Marietta Anastassatos

11/3/2010

Danielle, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I know how much you, Steve and John loved him. I know how much it hurts to lose a parent. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Christine Mason & Family

11/3/2010

Dear Danielle & family, What a wonderful bio. Your father was obviously a man with many talents and had a great zest for life. You were blessed to share a special love and place in each others hearts. With our deeepest sympathy.

Monica & Michael Kleeblatt

11/3/2010

Dear Danielle, Steve, John, Virginia and Tseperis Family, Our deepest and sincerest condolences are being sent to you for your loss. I pray that you find peace and joy that your father/grandfather lived a successful and fulfilled life surrounded by so many who loved him, appreciated his talent and embraced his spirit. I'm sure he's returned to his days of glory in heaven. Love, Valerie & family.

Valerie Gatopoulos

11/3/2010

Danielle, Steve and John, I was so sorry to hear about your beloved dad and grandfather. May the memories of him carry you through this. I can only picture the smile on his face when he got to see your mom again, Danielle. Peace be with you and your whole family. Pam Wehrer

Pam Wehrer

11/3/2010

Dear Danielle, Steve, John and Virginia, My heart breaks for your loss, and I hope that you find comfort knowing so many friends and family thought so highly of your father/grandfather. He was really a very special person. With deepest sympathy and love, Cindy

Cindy Sochalec

11/4/2010

To The Tseperis Family, I am so sorry that we lost Nicos to heaven but his music lives on forever. He had a heart as big as his music. I remember speaking with him in the Catskills. You will be remembered fondly. Harold Goldstein

Harold Goldstein

11/4/2010

Virginia, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your father has touched so many lives and made so many contributions. His beautiful voice a blessing to the whole world.

Greg Mastrangelo

11/4/2010

I was deeply saddened when I learned of your father's passing. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

MaryLou Martinez

11/4/2010

The international music community mourns the loss of this tremendous tenor, musician, fine human being. You started sing-a-longs. WE SALUTE YOU NICOS. Our deepest condolences to your girls, Virginia and Danielle. May they carry your legacy. They are obliged to.

Yannis T.

11/4/2010

To Danielle, Virginia, Ioanna, Eleni, Steve and John. My deepest sympathies to all of you. May God rest his soul. His memory will live on forever through his music. My best memories are when we were together and I am both proud and honored to have performed with him those many years ago. My love to all of you. Nicos Pourpourakis

Nicos Pourpourakis

11/4/2010

Danielle, Steve, John and Virginia, Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Your father had such an interesting life and shared his gift of music with the world. We were fortunate to share his birthday and see how much he loved you all. You truly are a beautiful family inside and out. Renee J Regner and Family

Renee J Regner and Family

11/4/2010

My sympathies in the passing of your father. I liked his music a lot and have all of lps in my collection. George Kalivrousis Montreal Canada

George Kalivrousis

11/5/2010

virginia and danielle my condolences,my thoughts are with you and your families during this difficult time i'll miss him too.

melina kyres

11/5/2010

It was an honor to work alongside Nico Tseperis. He will live again through all of us who remember him and through his music. KALO TAKSIDI NICO. O FILOS SOU NIKOS POURPOURAKIS

Nicos Pourpourakis

11/5/2010

Dear Virginia, dear Daniella, and family. It was ugly news these days. My uncle Nikos passed away. I don't know... Although he was old, some how I always believed he is a very strong man, he would win easily this battle too. It seemed that this was a childish belief of a nephew for his uncle as lots of boys have since we grow up with these big figures in the family. Well, lets see it as a time to rest, because he passed through a lot in his life. Girls, we are very sad for this event, we all will remember him as what he was, a humorous entertainer, who was the type of guy everybody wants in the company. When uncle Nikos was around, we would either have non-stop fun with songs and music, or lough out loud with the thousands of jokes he knew. Our deep condolences, me and your aunt Sofia, will be with you in our minds and soul, and we know you guys have a very hard time these days. Be patient and do what you have to do for your dad and my uncle. We love you dearly. Sofia and Daniel Tseperis

Daniel Tseperis

11/5/2010

Danielle, Steve & John, We are so very sorry for your loss. What an amazing man your father (grandfather) was, and what a beautiful and full life he led. May God be with you and lift you up during this difficult time.

Kelly & Dave Wisneski

11/6/2010

Our prayers go out to Virginia and Family, Nicos Tseperis will be missed by all. We will cherish his music forever.

Christine and John Sotopoulos

11/6/2010

Virginia, I am deeply sorry for your loss. His legacy will carry on.

Marianne Rizzo

11/8/2010

Dearest Virginia, With my deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God sustain you thru these very difficult times. You are in my prayers. Jasmin

Jasmin Ponce

11/8/2010

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Marion Tseperis-Kadosch

11/9/2010

Dearest Virginia, I'm sorry for the loss you and your family have endured. I will send you warm and positive thoughts. -Joy

Joy Wang

11/10/2010

Dearest Virginia, At times like this It's sometimes hard To find the words to say know my thoughts and prayers Are with you at this time with Deepest Sympathy!. Heidi

Heidi Tahiraj

11/14/2010

Danielle i ve just read about your father's death. i m deeply sorry. He is going to meet his friend Hiotis in the music heaven.

GIANNIS PIGOUNAKIS -- ATHENS

12/20/2010

Nicos is one of the GREATS! A great singer, musician, entertainer, composer. Tseperis commanded attention. A beautiful voice that will be missed by his fans. Virginia, Danielle - be strong. You were luckier than most to have the parents that you had.

Marios Halkias

12/20/2010

One of the greatest voices that I have ever heard in my lifetime. Nicos will be missed by many. You were and will always be a star. May God Bless you, your beautiful wife and your girls, Virginia and Danielle. Sing to us from Heaven.

Donald Jacobs, Sr.

4/4/2014

Nicos was a great singer, songwriter, entertainer. He was bigger than life. His talent and music will live on forever. Thank you for sharing your gifts. Eternal life.

George Andreas


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