NEWPORT NEWS — Rev. Protopresbyter Nicholas J. Despotides, 93, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022 with his family by his side. He was born on the island of Amorgos, Greece and moved to the United States in 1956. He was the co-owner, with his wife, of Despotides Gardens in Potomac, MD. He made his home in Potomac, MD for 54 years before moving to Newport News, VA to be near his daughter. He was a founding member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD where he served in many capacities as Chanter, Deacon and later in life as the Associate Priest. He served the community and his family with love and devotion to his faith. Father Nick as he was called and will be remembered was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years Moscha Despotides, son, John Nick Despotides and his brother Manoli Despotides. He is survived by his daughter, Presvytera Flora D. Chioros and her husband, Rev. Protopresbyter George Chioros, of Newport News; his beloved grandson, Constantine “Dean” George Chioros of Newport News and his four siblings Rev. Protopresbyter Markos (Presvytera Maria), Demetrios, Sophia and Moscha and many nieces, nephews and friends in Greece and the United States. The family wishes to thank all those who loved and cared for Father Nick over the years especially Leila and Susan who became part of the family.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church from 4:00-6:00 pm with a Trisagion Service at 6:00 pm. A Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 9:30 am with the Funeral Service following at 11:30 am at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD. A private interment at a later date will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Bethesda, MD or SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Newport News, VA. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home and Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home, Bethesda, MD.