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Charles Nicholas “Nick” Galanos

Posted By Hall-Wynne On September 25, 2018 @ 2:31 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 25 Comments

Charles Nicholas Galanos, known to his friends as Nick, died on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at his home in Durham. Visitation with the family will be at Hall-Wynne in Durham from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 27th. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 29 at Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill. His ashes will be interred in the church garden columbarium immediately after the service.
Known to his parents as Nicholas until a later age when he insisted upon “Nick”, he was born in Mobile, Alabama on May 31, 1984. His arrival was celebrated by doting grandparents and many loving aunts and uncles. As a youngster, Nicholas was determined to learn the names of every type of vehicle (Whasat, Mama? It’s a Volkswagen. No, issa Beedle). He spent his first two years in Mobile, then lived for three years in Galveston, Texas before moving one last time to the city he was devoted to – Durham, North Carolina.
After mastering the naming of all vehicles, he became interested in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, hologram cards, his jump rope team, animals, Duke basketball, Alabama football, Duke basketball, construction and Duke basketball. As a young adult, he developed a love of Hip-Hop and discovered he had an ear for rhyming lines. He subsequently developed many friendships in Hip-Hop music circles in Durham. His stage handle was St. Nickel.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents (Nick and Inez Galanos, Marjorie Mundy Cass, Charles Weiland Mundy and step-grandmom Anga Mundy), aunt and uncle (Flora and Dick Carlson), and his beloved dogs (Skeelo and Roscoe). He is survived by his mother and father (Martha Mundy and Tony Galanos), sister (Rachel Galanos), aunts and uncles (Chris Galanos, John and Nancy Galanos, John and Sarah Mundy, Karen Mundy Wood), many cousins, friends and his dog, Ghost.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the charity of your choice, or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation are greatly appreciated.

Condolences for the family of “Charles Nicholas “Nick” Galanos”

Condolence from O’Farrill Family on September 25th, 2018 3:25 pm

Please know that we are mourning with you a you celebrate Nicks life, and mourn this great loss.
O’Farrill Family

Condolence from Samaya on September 26th, 2018 9:47 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Nick was a wonderful person with a kind soul. May he Rest In Peace.

Condolence from Sharon Emanuel on September 26th, 2018 10:06 am

Martha, Tony and Rachel we are so sorry for your loss! You are in our prayers! Memory eternal! Love Sharon and Taki Emanuel

Condolence from Spring Blachly on September 26th, 2018 11:00 am

I’m so sorry. We lost my brother Miles on the 11th. He was also interred in the garden at Holy Family. I know the pain you’re suffering and want to tell you that we are praying for you. Nick is in Jesus’ arms now, free of the pain of human suffering. Miles is too. Take comfort in knowing that he is not alone, that he is so so loved and will never be forgotten.

Condolence from Maria and Carlos Rodriguez on September 26th, 2018 11:02 am

Rachel and family,
Our prayers continue and we mourn your loss with you.
Much love,
The Rodriguez Family (Carla’s parents)

Condolence from Miriam Morey on September 26th, 2018 3:15 pm

Dearest Tony and Martha,
I am so very sorry for your devastating loss. I still remember so clearly the beautiful poem Tony composed at Nick’s births. Hold on tight to that great love as it lives forever in your hearts. I mourn for your loss.

Condolence from Oshodi Fanily on September 26th, 2018 8:48 pm

Your family is in our prayers at this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Betsy Crais on September 26th, 2018 9:01 pm

We are holding you all in our thoughts. Betsy

Condolence from Mitzi Goodwin on September 27th, 2018 11:05 am

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Toni Cutson on September 27th, 2018 3:18 pm

Tony, Martha and Rachel . . . holding you up in prayer … so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Adrianne Markris Kergis on September 27th, 2018 6:19 pm

My deepest Condolences for the loss of your son Nicholas. May he Memory be Eternal

Condolence from Dana Hickman on September 27th, 2018 7:53 pm

Tony, I am so sorry for your loss. I just learned of this today when seeing Ellie McConnell. You and your family are in my prayers.

Condolence from De la cerda Family on September 28th, 2018 12:37 am

DearTony,Martha,& Rachel,
My family and I are at a loss of words .
We are so deeply sorry and we are mourning with you .Nick will forever be in our hearts . We are praying for you during this time of great sorrow.

Condolence from Gay Bonds on September 28th, 2018 6:45 am

Tony, I’m so sorry for your loss. We parents never want our children’s lives to end so soon. May the memories of Nick’s uniqueness and his special place in the family help you through the months ahead.

Condolence from Jamie & Greg Saad on September 28th, 2018 8:03 am

Thinking of you all with love and sympathy. Praying for happy memories to comfort you. God bless the loving memory of precious Nicholas.

Condolence from Ryan Huey on September 28th, 2018 5:53 pm

Dr. G – so very sorry for your loss. May you and your family have peace in unbelievably difficult circumstances. God bless you all.

Condolence from Donna Cook on September 28th, 2018 11:32 pm

Dr. Galanos – I’m so, so sorry for the loss of your son. My hope is that you and your family hold his memory close, and are able to live out his years in happiness.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Georgia Roussos Brown on September 29th, 2018 11:30 am

So very sorry for your loss. Praying for you all during this difficult time. May his memory be eternal.

Condolence from Justin Nealis on September 29th, 2018 12:34 pm

Nick Galanos is and always will be my brother. Time is the most valuable thing that we have on this planet, and the amount of time that we spend with people, strengthens our relationships with those people. Time is the true test of any relationship because it unveils the true nature of any man’s heart. Nick Galanos has been a part of my life for the past 18 years, more than half of my life, and over the past 18 years I can tell you what I knew about Nick and the impression he has left on my life.
Nick was loyal, loving, compassionate, strong, giving, knowledgeable, funny, kind, and respectful. Nick was a man that would never leave your side, Nick was a man that would stick with you right, wrong, or indifferent because he loved you. He wouldn’t bite his tongue either. He would call you out if he thought you were making a bad decision, or you were heading in the wrong direction. He didn’t sugar coat anything just because you were his friend. He would do what a true friend does; tell you the things that you didn’t want to hear but you needed to hear. Nick was a guy that could always crack a joke even in the worst situations. He never complained, he always kept it moving forward and tried to find the best out of any situation. Even through all the pain, the trials and tribulations that he was going through over the years, we would still get on the phone and be in tears from laughter. Him and I both agreed that we lessened each other’s intelligence level when we hung out…lol…We were just complete and absolute goofballs together and I do not think that we ever stopped laughing. It was like we fed off each other’s witty banter and whatever we were cracking jokes about would just get funnier and funnier. It would get to the point that we could barely breathe and had to literally go in separate rooms so that we would stop laughing.
The time that Nick and I spent together, from 15-year-old kids in High School, to working on the construction site, to chasing our dreams as older men, was priceless. Nick knew that I always had his back regardless of anything, any circumstance, or any situation whether he was right or wrong. He knew that I loved him and there was not a thing in the world that I would not do for him. Nick is a part of my family, and any of us would have done anything for Nick. Anytime, anywhere. The passing of one of the best friends I have ever had in this life time has reminded me of some very important things; enjoy your life and if you don’t like what you are doing, than change it, don’t complain, it will only bring you down along with the people around you, be grateful for what you have, don’t worry about what you don’t have, don’t allow people in your life that are not adding value to the quality of your life, and the most important thing is to simply be happy because life is too short to be otherwise. Nick and his family will forever remain in my heart. Love is real, it is the most powerful force in the universe and without love, we have nothing.

Condolence from Lydia Mis on September 30th, 2018 8:30 pm

My deepest sympathies to the Galanos family.

Condolence from Stephanie Adcock on October 4th, 2018 1:26 am

I can’t put into words a summary of everything I loved about Nick. I loved everything about him except for one thing……..Duke basketball. But regardless of his bad taste in sports teams, I love everything about him. He is one of the people throughout my life that showed me there are ways you can touch people in big ways even if you never touch big numbers of people in small, insignificant ways. I will always remember his high spirits as a reminder to keep looking up no matter what.

Condolence from Kris Bryant on October 5th, 2018 12:26 am


I am so sorry.


Condolence from Devi Desai on October 5th, 2018 5:33 pm

Dr. Galanos and family,
I am so sorry for your devastating loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Patti Lewis on October 6th, 2018 9:11 am

Martha and family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. May your happy memories sustain you in this very difficult time.
Patti Lewis- (Michael’s mom)

Condolence from Peggy Goodman on October 12th, 2018 2:20 am

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences

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