Saugus remembers its late Youth & Recreation Dept. Director Gregory Nickolas at tree lighting
(Editor’s Note: The following is a statement read by Interim Youth & Recreation Director and Programs Coordinator Crystal Cakounes last Friday (Dec. 3) at the town’s annual tree lighting ceremony – which was dedicated to the late Gregory Nickolas, who died in late September, just a month shy of 17 years as the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department Director.)
I had the honor of working with Greg for over 15 years. Over that time, I witnessed him put his heart and soul into his job, working tirelessly to provide for his community.
Greg was a kind and selfless man always willing to help anyone in need, while expecting absolutely nothing in return. A true Sachem, Greg had pride in our Town and went above and beyond his duties to serve the youth and families of Saugus. He was an incredible member of our community who helped so many people throughout the years. I know we all have a good Greg story, whether it be a way he helped us, gave us some great advice, or even just a funny anecdote. I know I have millions. He taught me so much about life and how to be a better person. He was a shoulder to cry on, a friend to laugh with and someone I knew I could always go to for advice. He made my life better in so many ways, and I am forever grateful to have had him in my life. And I am sure you all feel the same.
Greg was a family man that always spoke highly of his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved them all so much, and was extremely proud of them.
Funny, wise, and ever so gracious, Greg had an awesome personality and aura that made all feel welcome. Never judging, always accepting, and forever teaching us lessons we will never forget.
Greg will always be remembered for his over-the-top personality, his kind heart, his strong dedication and above all, his true friendship.
We will miss Greg every minute of every day. We will strive hard to honor him and continue to do the wonderful work he has done for the Town of Saugus. To know him was to love him, may his memory be eternal.