nick palavis
Nick Palavis, 71, of Weirton died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at his home. Born on August 20, 1941, in Steubenville, OH, Nick was the son of Sophia Barbush Palavis of Newport Richey, FL and the late Gust Palavis. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Rosemary Palavis Kellison; and his granddaughter, Sofia Palavis, and his nephew, Kirk Palavis An accountant, area entrepreneur and former proprietor of the Holiday Lanes in Weirton, Nick dedicated his life to his family and to the area youth through his coaching of area baseball teams. He will always be remembered through out the Valley when he coached the Weirton Palomino's for five years. In 1990, he coached his team to the World Series finishing runner up before taking the World Series Crown in 1991. In his last three years at the helm Nick's team went 45 -4; 50 - 3; and 52 - 3. But, his greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his five grandchildren. Nick was a member of the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, and the AHEPA Lodge. In addition to his mother, Sophia Palavis, Nick is survived by his son, Anthony and Kristen Palavis; his daughter, Nicole and David Drobish all of Weirton; his sister, Toni Kaye Palavis of Newport Richey, FL; and his five beloved grandchildren, Mason and Kendall Drobish, Kiara, Melia and Nikos Palavis. He is also survived by Elaine Dragisich Palavis. Nick would like to give Elaine a special thank you for all the care that she has given him during his illness. According to Nick, words could never express his gratitude. Visitation will be 1-6 PM Sunday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV, where AHEPA service will be held at 5:00 PM and Trisagion Services at 5:30 PM. Additional visitation will be 10 AM until time of services at 11 AM Monday at the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church. The Reverend Father Frank A. Milanese will preside. Entombment will follow in the Saint Paul Cemetery, Weirton. Nick and his family would also like to thank Crystal and Judy of Valley Hospice and Dr. Rahman for their compassion and care. Memorial contributions may be made in Nick's memory to the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, 3528 West Street, PO Box 128, Weirton, WV 26062.

Memories Timeline


  1. Dear Elaine and the Family of Nick Palavis,It takes a special person and that is what you are Elaine. To the Family of Nick his mother, his children, his grandchildren , MAy he rest in peace with the angels. Nancy Kondik Ford

  2. Anthony and Palavis family, You have my deepest sympathy. Nick was a good man and cared about the kids of this area. He along with all of you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Aunt Sophie, Elaine, Anthony and Nicole – My thoughts and prayers are with all the Palavis family through this heartbreaking time. There’s nothing I can say that will ease your pain but I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you. My deepest condolences.

  4. Dear Elaine, Anthony, Nicole and Family, Mike and I are so sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. He’ll always be remembered by us for his love for family and all children, his compassion and his loving personality. I know how much his grandchildren will miss him, but I know they also have many happy memories with him that they’ll never forget ~~ he was a great man ! And Elaine, there is no doubt in my mind that Tessie was at the gates of Heaven, ready to take his hand in welcome. Be comforted with that. The Petrovich’s grieve with you all, we will see you soon, With love and friendship, Mike and Janice Memory Eternal

  5. Dearest Palavis family. I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to you all. I’m sure anybody who knew Nick would agree with me that he was a very special. I knew him a long time and i am proud and honored to say he was a friend. May God Bless and be with you all through this trying time.

  6. Anthony, Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God bless your all. I know how close you were to your father and what a positive influence he had the lives of so many people. He will be missed greatly. Rest In Peace Mr. P.

  7. Dear Elaine & Family: We are so sorry to read of the passing of Nick. I know you were taking good care of him, which as I read was greatly appreicated. We are so honored to be one of your friends and want to express our deepest sympathy. Veda & Bugs

  8. To allot Nick’s family I offer my sincerest condolences. I was Michael Brown’s first wife and I remember going out with Nick when I first visited Weirton. He was so much fun and so nice to me. I offer special prayers for Nick and for comfort to his mother Sofia and sister Toni who I knew. And of course prayers for his children and grand children. With affection, Susan

  9. Elaine, Anthony, Nicole, & Family, Please acccept my deepest sympathy on your loss. Our families go way back and a lot good times and memories are running through my mind right now. A good man, a good father, husband, son, and a friend to so many. My Dad is probably waiting to sit down to hand of pinochle with his old friend. Memory eternal Love, Jimmy

  10. Dear Nichole & family, so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Dale & I thought of him as a good friend. I’m sure he will forever be remembered & missed by all of our classmates~~Weir High Class of ’59.

  11. Mrs. P, Nicole and Anthony, I’m sure you know how close I was with Mr. P. He taught me so much about life. Indeed, Mr. P had a great impact on my life — more than any other man, with the exception of my father. He was a great man who died too soon. I will never forget all that he did for my family and me. I will especially never forget what he did for my son. I will forever cherish our friendship and my memories of it. I was so lucky that Mr. P considered me a close friend.

  12. My sincere condolences to the Palavis Family. Uncle Nick was a wonderful person. Always happy, always encouraging, and had a positive attitude that was contagious. I have many fond memories of Uncle Nick during family get togethers and his ability to make everyone laugh. You will be missed Uncle Nick. Love Brent Dragisich and Family.

  13. Elaine and family, Nick was a fellow classmate and friend who will certainly be missed. My heart goes out to you. May God’s peace and comfort be with you. Anne


  15. My very deepest sympathy for a great man who I had the pleasure of knowing for many years at PNC park,where Nick and his families were very special people. Nick was always so proud to have his family attend the games with him. We employees at the entrance where Nick entered will miss him ever so much. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you at this time. Nick, RIP

  16. I want to extend my sincere sympathy to your family. Nick was a special man and loved his family. I will miss seeing him at PNC Park where I work at the suite/club entrance. You all are in my prayers.

  17. To Nick’s Family, We extend our deepest sympathy on your loss. Nick was truly a wonderful, caring and loving person. We met Nick at PNC Park, where we’ve worked since the ballpark opened in 2001. Nick, being a Season Ticket holder, came in our entrance for the Club Level with his family, whom he was so very proud of. We feel honored to have known him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss Nick, but we will never forget him.

  18. Rest in Peace Mr. Palavis. You were a very nice and generous man to me. You always gave me tips when you saw me working up at the Holiday Inn. You even made me feel very welcome to your bowling league downtown when I joined you at the Holiday Lanes. You were very kind to me Nick. I’m going to miss you a lot Nick. My highest sympathies imaginable to the surviving family members of yours. God bless you all.

  19. I remember Nick from years ago when my Jed (moose) used to take me to the ball games nick coached. To my Jed, Nick was one of a kind and a very special friend. I am very thankful to have known such a great man. God bless you all in this most difficult time.

  20. family of nick, I am sorry to learn of passing of Nick. We had alot of fun at Weirton Baseball Assoc. He always cared about his kids at the field and he was an outstanding coach. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely Jerry Hamill

  21. Nicole and family, My deepest sympathy to all of you. May the warm memories of your dad/grandfather help you through this difficult time. Nicole, you have a very special guardian angel watching over you and I know he is very proud of the woman you have become. God be with all of you and give you strength.

  22. Nick was a wonderful friend to all children,especially to those in need. I could call him anytime for a student or their family that needed clothes,food, field trip money,or help at Christmas.His joy came in helping,and he did not want recognition. I knew if a downtown child was spending time ‘roaming around” , I could direct them to the bowling ally, and call Nick, and he would look after them, feed them, and make them feel special,most of all, they were safe.He and Elaine raised children to follow this same caring attitude about others less fortunate.

  23. It was a privelege and an extreme pleasure to have known Nick. He was a man who always had kind words for all he spoke to. You couldn’t help but feel like you had known Nick for years, even after just meeting him. He will be missed by so many, and I am personally glad I had the pleasure of meeting him. My sincere condolences to the family and many friends he made along life’s path.

  24. Sophie,Toni,Nicole, Anthony and families, What a wonderful person Nick was to all who knew him. Always so kind and generous to anyone,especially those in need. A Samaritan in everyway! This is a Joyous day for Papou Gust, to see his beloved son again! Love and Prayers.

  25. Elaine and family, I’m so sorry to read of Nick’s passing. He was a good friend for many years and will be remembered for many more. May GOD be with the family at this sad time.

  26. Toni and all the Palavis Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. May God Bless now and always.

  27. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Palavis family. Mr Palavis was a great coach and mentor especially during my time playing baseball at Kings Creek Little League and the Palomino Jr team. Our deepest condolences go out to his family. May he rest in peace. Scot Casto and Family

  28. First my condolences to the family of Mr. Nick. I had the pleasure of knowing him in the later years of his life, although he had this remarkable way of making you feel like you had been friends for years. His unselfishness towards others is a way to cherish who he was and the way he changed many peoples lives positively. His attitude and outlook on life will forever be a influence on the way I live mine, he will be missed.

  29. To the entire Palavis family- My prayers are with you during this time. Thank you for letting Coach P be a part of my life. So many cherished memories of a wonderful coach and mentor: his whistling from the dugout, the only coach to wear khakis, no meatballs in the spaghetti on game day, his love for the game and those he coached.

  30. Nicole and family, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Know that all of your memories will help you to heal. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Reshel

  31. Dear Elaine, Nicole, Anthony and family, We are grieving along with you today….Nick was a very special man, who we remember most for his kindness to all and his love for his family…..It is so hard to say good-bye…..but I pray God will comfort all of you when you think of all the great memories you have with him….I know he had a special bond with his grandchildren…..he will live on through them and the two great kids he and Elaine raised….God bless you all during this sad time. Our sincere sympathy and friendship, With love, Terry and Judy

  32. We are very sorry to hear of Nick’s passing…We have many fond memories of our times at the bowling alley…You are all in out thoughts and prayers… He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

  33. Toni and the Palavis family, My deepest sympathy to all of you. I had fond memories of Nick while we grew up in the State Line area as kids. Greatest memory was Nick hitting a baseball that must traveled over 500 feet. You are in my prayers and thoughts in your time of need. Nick

  34. Nick you will always be in our heart. You were a gentle and true friend. you will be greatly missed. To Elaine and family our deepest sympathy

  35. Elaine, I am so sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. It’s so difficult to hear about your great loss, but I hope you will feel the caring and sympathy from all who remember him well. My sincerest condolences. Tom Reed

  36. My condolences to the famiily. I can remember growing up whtihn Nick in the Colliers Way neighborhood, playing our form of T-ball on our home made field, playing basketball at the hoop nailed to a telephone pole, and playing cards in Nick’s parents basement. My he rest in peace. May God rest his soul. Anthony thanks for the memories when you played bastketball on my Weir Jr. team.

  37. Butch and Colleen Shaw would like to express their sympathy to the Palavis and Drobish families. He was always so kind and made us feel so welcome at all family occasions. He will sadly be missed. We send our love to our grandchildren, daughter and son n law and their family. Love you!

  38. We had the pleasure of meeting Nick about 6 years ago and honestly, that man was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met in my entire life. He was always so good to our family and to our children and always welcomed us into his home. Watching him through the years being an amazing grandfather is an understatement. He loved his grandkids more than anything in the world and showed it through his actions. He was so involved as a grandfather and loved every minute of watching them grow up. Nick will be forever missed by the Fierro family and we are so blessed to have him as our friend. May you rest in peace Nick. Love, Valentine, Crissy, Brianna, Haley, Mason & Emma Fierro

  39. Your legacy will always be with those young men that you coached – My Prayers to Nick’s family – RIP Nick

  40. Nick was one of the nicest, most caring men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He would do anything he could to help someone in need. He had the biggest heart, especially when it came to the area kids and YABA. I can still hear him singing Happy Birthday in that big raspy voice he used to do. It always made everyone smile and it still does. I always considered Nick part of the family. I lost contact with him several years ago, but I always asked those who still saw him, how he was. Nick will be missed, the Lord has one more very special angel up there in heaven with him now. Love ya Nick.

  41. Elaine, So sorry to hear about Nick and my condolences go out to you and the family. I grew up with Nick in neighborhood and some of my fondest memories are when we played sand lot football together. Nick was always the one guy you wanted on your team, because you didnt want to have to tackle him. He will always be missed and I am happy to have the pleasure of knowing and growing up with him. I know he appreciates you being there for him in the end. My hopes and prayers go out to you and the family. God Bless. Matt Guzzetta

  42. Palavis Family, Sorry to hear about Mr. P and our prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have great memories of Mr. P from our days on the baseball field. Mr. P was a great coach, mentor, and friend. God Bless!

  43. Our deepest sympathies go out to Anthony, Nicole, and the entire Palavis family. Nick really was a great man with a huge heart! He loved his family more than anything and that is what made people love him so much. He was kind and helped so many, he touched a lot of lives! He will be greatly missed by so many. May the Lord be with his family in their time of need. Joe and Shelly Bailey

  44. Nicole, Please accept our sympathy on the loss of your Dad. Even though we had our conversations at dancing school about your Dad and what was about to happen, it doesn’t make it any easier. My memory of your Dad is always seeing him at Eatn’Park with the grandkids or just by himself. Being a follower of the Palominos back in the day, I remember your Dad’s famous whistle which Kim also brought up the other day. Those were wonderful days. He was such a positive influence on so many people. He was one of my favorite people and so are you, Nicole. Please hug your kids for me.

  45. Anthony, Nicole, and Ms. Palavis, it is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart, I send my condolences for your loss. My experiences with Mr. P/Coach P positively impact my life daily. His passion, desire, and determination are eternal in his legacy. I am honored and blessed to have shared in his and your lives. In my absence and in his honor today, my son’s team will all learn the Sunday pitch this afternoon. –Mordecai

  46. My deepest sympathy to entire Palavis family. Keeping your family in my prayers as you go through this difficult time

  47. Elaine, Anthony, Nicole & family. I am going to miss Nick very much. I loved him. He was like an uncle to me and always made time to listen, to me give me advise, and most of all make me laugh. My prayers are with you all. He will always be in my prayers.

  48. Anthony and Nicole, My deepest sympathy on your fathers passing. I enjoyed his company and stories when I would bring my school kids to the bowling lanes. My prayers are with you.

  49. Dear Toni and family, Well once again I am sorry to hear of your Brother Nick’s passing. Difficult to find th words after so many years! God Bless you ALL. ! Kind Regards, Bill

  50. Always be thankful for his love of baseball, and how he gave our son a summer of memories playing for the Weirton palomino baseball team in which he sponsored. Thank You NickWmDPj

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