New York.- Various Cypriot American organizations paying tribute to Nikos Mouyiaris issued statements on his passing.
The Federation of Cypriot American Organizations (FCAO) in a statement said it is deeply saddened with the announcement of the passing of Nikos Mouyiaris, Founder of HALC, outstanding Philanthropist and a distinguished member of our community.
“The President and Executive Committee of FCAO express its most sincere and heartfelt sympathies to his wife, Carol, his daughter, Ariana, his brother George, and the rest of his family.
Our community lost an outstanding Philhellene, pure patriot and great philanthropist. Nikos was a fine example of humility, morality, kindness and his passing is an enormous loss for the Greek-Cypriot community of America, Cyprus, and Greece.
“He was a firm believer that “one is more blessed to give than to receive,” which explains why on numerous occasions he kindly refused to be honored with awards. A low-profile individual was driven by his will and dedication to make a difference, and he did. He was always offering his assistance to help various causes, always seeking anonymity and always encouraging others to do the same. He was a firm believer that “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” His vision was to reinvigorate worldwide Hellenism, and he contributed both his time and money to make a difference. Nikos believed in the power of one and that every individual could make a difference and he did it leading by example. It is our duty and obligation to follow his great legacy”, quoted Kyriacos Papastylianou, President of FCAO.
The President, Mr. Nicolas Nicolaou, The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Nicholas Karacostas, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce wish to express our deep sadness over the loss of our good friend Mr. Nikos Mouyiaris.
Nikos was a founding member of the Chamber, a Board Member, a past recipient of the Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Merit Award, a Great Benefactor and Honorary Member.
We offer our sincere condolences to his wife Carol, his daughter Ariana, his brother George, his grandsons and all his family and friends.
Nikos was a strong supporter of so many worthwhile causes and he provided significant philanthropic support to the Elytis Chair at Rutgers, SOS Children’s Villages in Greece, and other organizations in the US, Greece and Cyprus. Nikos was a humble, kind and loving friend and knew “the power of one”. Nikos founded the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) a professional organization run by paid professionals, to address some of our community’s challenges.
Nikos made a difference in the community and spent a lifetime making a difference, even if he had to do so alone. He was a true leader without seeking great titles. He supported the Chamber and the Cyprus Young Professionals in every possible way. He was loved by all and will be sorely missed. Thank you for everything and your sincere dedication to all things “Cypriot”
His favorite poet was Odysseos Elytis and favorite poem Οδυσσέα Ελυτη Ένα το χελιδόνι κι η άνοιξη ακριβή για να γυρίσει ο ήλιος θέλει δουλειά πολλή Θέλει νεκρούς χιλιάδες να’ ναι στους τροχούς Θέλει κι οι ζωντανοί μας δίδουν το αίμα τους.
There is only one swallow so precious is the spring
to bring back the Sun takes a lot of work
it takes the dead, at the wheels in numbers by the thousands and blood from the living.
May your memory be eternal Nikos!
CYPRUS CHILDREN’s FUND
Our hearts are heavy with the passing of our dear friend Nikos Mouyiaris.
Nikos was a great benefactor of the Cyprus Children’s Fund, a very humble philanthropist who supported not only our organization but many others, in the United States, Cyprus, Greece and other countries.
Nikos believed in the power of education, academia and the value of Greek studies in shaping a progressive society. Consequently, he became the primary supporter of the Elytis Chair Fund at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Nikos never forgot his roots – his hometown of Athienou and his homeland of Cyprus – although he lived in the United States for more than fifty years. He very generously supported Athienou and its public service institutions. For decades, he was one of the leaders of the quest for justice for Cyprus, putting his vision and thoughts into actions by supporting all efforts towards that goal and creating the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC).
Nikos’ life may be over, but it will continue to be a beacon for us all to the paths of service, compassion and philanthropy.
Our thoughts are with Nikos’ wife Carol, his daughter Ariana, his brother George and the rest of his family, as we offer them our heartfelt condolences.
May his memory and works be eternal!
The Board of Directors
Nicos Zittis, National Chairman & President
MANATOS & MANATOS
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our long-time friend and colleague, Nikos Mouyiaris, who passed away on January 5. Nikos shined high above the norm. He did so, not because of his tremendous success and omnipresent leadership for important causes, but because he succeeded and led while scrupulously avoiding the spotlight. In this respect, it was as though Nikos was uniquely without ego or pretence.
Nikos was unmatched in his generosity for Cypriot, Greek and Orthodox Christian matters. While some of Nikos’ generous philanthropic donations were publicly known, many were not, such as the building of a Greek Orthodox orphanage for the children in Africa left parentless by the Ebola epidemic.
Cyprus would be a very different place were it not for Nikos working in lock-step with his “brother” Philip Christopher to lift the profile of the national Greek-American community for the Cyprus issue. Nikos’ behind-the-scenes work, together with Philip and the Coordinated Effort and Cypriot organizations, bears responsibility for many major international accomplishments.
Nikos Mouyiaris with then-House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce
One important example involves Cyprus becoming an EU nation. Nikos and the Coordinated Effort were instrumental in Dick Holbrooke reversing, with the strong backing of President Clinton, Germany and France’s opposition to Cyprus’ early EU accession. Without Cyprus becoming an EU nation, the consensus on Cyprus was that it was just a matter of time before Turkey moved militarily to try to take the rest of the island.
Many American leaders held Nikos Mouyiaris in the highest esteem. Those leaders, and all of us who knew and loved Nikos, will truly miss his unique charm, commitment and humility.