Nicholas John Spiak. Jr.
Nicholas John Spiak, Jr. died February 4, 2019 at his home in Greer, SC, while under the compassionate care of Wren Hospice of Greer.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Futral Spiak; his son, Nicholas John Spiak, III (Jeanette); his daughter, Dorothy Christine Spiak (James Callahan); and four grandsons, Maxwell Spiak Della Maggiora, Adam Spiak Della Maggiora, Robert Nicholas Spiak Callahan, and Nicholas John Spiak, IV.
Nick was the son of the late Nicholas John Spiak, Sr., and Christine Sweeney Spiak of Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Fork Union Military Academy and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was awarded a football scholarship.
While at Vanderbilt, Nick married Gladys, and their son, Nick III, was born. After graduation, the three moved to Greenville, SC so Gladys could earn her degree from Furman University.
Nick was an entrepreneur and started several companies, including Gusto Seafood, Inc. and Sushi with Gusto, Inc., a nation-wide sushi bar franchise enterprise. He retired in 2010, leaving SWG in the capable hands of Hisamichi Fujimura, his founding business partner, his son Nick III, and later, his daughter, Christine.
Nick was a hunting and fishing enthusiast and loved to plan expeditions with friends and family. Many friends will remember him as a fierce proponent of the six-wheel ATV, universal access to bingo and bowling, and the champion of multi-generational Texas Hold’em, whereby many a grandchild was relieved of his allowance. He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019 at The Wood Mortuary, conducted by Rev. Toni Pate. A private burial for family members will follow the service.
Visitation will be 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at The Wood Mortuary in Greer.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Church of Greenville, 100 Pete Hollis Blvd., Greenville, SC 29601.
Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com.