Everyone at LGR was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Neophytos Nicolaou on Sunday 21st February 2021. He was 74.
Neophytos was battling with Coronavirus at the University College Hospital in London after being transferred from the North London Middlesex Hospital. He had been initially admitted on 9th January and transferred to the UCH on 16th January.
We understand that Neophytos’ wife Evoulla also contracted Covid-19 and was also taken to North Middlesex Hospital. She has since recovered and has returned home.
Neophytos Nicolaou was the former General Manager of the newspaper Parikiaki and one of the main organisers of the annual Cypriot Wine Festival.
He leaves behind his wife Evoulla, daughter Egli and son Alex. His daughter Maria died five years ago at the age of 46.
He also leaves six grandchildren: Jimmy, Stephanie, Leo, Zoe, Evie and Chris, and three sisters: Maro, Savoulla and Lalla who live in Cyprus.
Neophytos was born in Erimi, Cyprus on 11th December 1946 to Nikola and Egli and was part of a family of nine. His siblings were three brothers, Alexandros, Antonaki and Koko, and three sisters, Maroulla, Savoulla and Lalla.
He attended Lanition Gymnasium in Limassol and came to the UK in May 1963 at the age of 16. He first lived in Kentish Town and studied at Pitmans College.
His wife, Evoulla was from Limassol and they got married on 17th August 1969, living in Palmers Green.
He worked in the rag trade for several years and later became General Manager of Parikiaki. In addition, Neophytos was the Organising Secretary for AKEL in Britain and was General Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK.
In his later years, Neophytos was instrumental in raising thousands of pounds for charity, notably Radiomarathon, where he was made a Trustee. He last visited LGR just weeks beforehand, over the Christmas period and briefly spoke with management.
The funeral will take place on 25 March 2021 at St Mary’s Cathedral, (Panayia), Wood Green at 1pm, followed by the burial at Edmonton Cemetery, Church Street at 3pm. Due to current pandemic restrictions, the attendance at the church will be by invitations only.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks for donations that will go to organisations / charities that were close to Neophytos heart.
Everyone at LGR extend their condolences to the family and we thank him for his services to our community and to Radiomarathon.