Gus Nick Nicholas
October 16, 1930 - December 6, 2022

Gus Nick Nicholas, 92 of Wesley Chapel, Florida was born on October 16, 1930 in Richmond, Virginia and
passed away on December 6, 2022 in Wesley Chapel, Florida.
Gus is survived by his daughter, Deanna (Alley-Nicholas) Doss Shrodes (Larry) of Wesley Chapel, Florida.
Also surviving are his grandchildren: Dustin (Taylor) Shrodes of Dade City, FL, Jordan (Tori) Shrodes of
Newnan, GA and Savanna Shrodes of Dade City, FL, and great grandchildren: Mila Shrodes, Riley
Shrodes and Halle Shrodes of Newnan, GA.
Additionally, he is survived by his sisters: Elizabeth Pappas of Maryville, TN and Dora Papalexis of
Greece as well as nieces and nephews throughout the United States and Greece.
Gus was born in Richmond, Virginia and lived there almost all of his life. He became a professional
dancer, instructing and performing with several highly acclaimed dance companies. Gus garnered many
prestigious dance awards throughout his career, including Fred Astaire awards. For a time, he
performed and instructed in New York City as well as on a cruise ship.
Some of his favorite hobbies included hunting, fishing and gun collecting.
Growing up and throughout most of his adult life, Gus was a member of Saints Constantine and Helen
Greek Orthodox Church in Richmond Virginia. In 2022 he accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior, and moved
to Tampa, Florida where he became a member of Celebration Church Tampa.
A virtual memorial service will be held online for friends and family all over the world to honor him, and
he will be interred at Riverview Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, with a private graveside committal.


  • Rob McClintock Posted December 7, 2022 1:03 pm

    Love and prayers to all the family.

  • Brenda Carney Posted December 7, 2022 1:08 pm

    Sending all the loves, hugs and prayers for Deanna and the family.
    Thankful God brought Gus your family to love him and be by his side and to not only introduce him to Jesus but experience His love and acceptance, this side of Heaven- where now He gets Jesus up close and personal, until we can all be together one day!

  • Newton Betty Posted December 7, 2022 1:38 pm

    My condolences to you and your family as the loss of your Baba. I know you will miss him greatly. I love the scripture “ to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”. I will miss the conversations you had with Gus. Praying for comfort and peace during this time of grieving.❤️❤️

  • Elizabeth Capano Posted December 7, 2022 1:48 pm

    And later, when she asks, I’ll say some parts of it were beautiful – how in their brightness and sudden opening the faces of the neighbours
    began to look like flowers. I’ll tell her how we began to look back at photos
    of our younger selves with our arms around a stranger or leaning on the shoulders of friends, and saw that touch had always been a kind of holiness,
    a type of worship we were promised. I’ll tell her that in some ways our days shrunk to nothing, being both as long as a year
    and as quick as the turning of a page. I’ll tell her how she learned to crawl in those days, in those times when we could not leave,
    when bodies were carried from homes and were not counted, that she began to say her first word while death waited in the streets, that though I was afraid,
    I never saw fear in her eyes.

  • Marianna Steele Posted December 7, 2022 2:31 pm

    Deanna, Larry and family our deepest sympathies on your loss of your dearest Dad, Gus. We love you all and are praying for your comfort and peace.

  • Robin BYRD Posted December 7, 2022 3:07 pm

    Praying for you my friend and I will miss seeing Gus every day on FB RIP Mr Gus

  • Cathy Gertz Posted December 7, 2022 3:27 pm

    Deanna, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Thanking God for these last 6 months of wonderful memories and love that you both shared. Sending love, hugs and prayers to both you and Larry.

  • Jimmy and Jill Susa Posted December 7, 2022 4:13 pm

    We join you in celebrating Gus’s life and the incredible story of how you found him. We “weep with those that weep,”as well, as you say “see you later,” to your beloved father (baba). May the Lord comfort you, dry your tears and bring you peace. We love you all. Good bye, Gus. We will see you soon.

  • Dennis & Odalys Penton Posted December 7, 2022 4:13 pm

    Our heartfelt condolences dear Deanna and family. Our prayers will be with you for great comfort. So glad Gus came to know Christ and you all! ❤️

  • Priscilla Sharp Posted December 7, 2022 4:14 pm

    We searched exhaustingly and extensively for many years, were thrilled and amazed you found him and were finally reunited, and just six short months later he was gone. Seems like a blink of an eye, but every second of being together is golden and will surely give you love and peace for the remainder of your days. Truly his memory is a blessing for us all.

  • Christine Pryor Posted December 7, 2022 9:28 pm

    A lengthy search, a first embrace, a determined daughter, a daring rescue, a new home, a learning curve, an overflowing heart, a new creation, a worldwide impact, an everlasting life. Prayers for your heart to find comfort in knowing he is whole and with the Savior. Many blessings on the family.

  • Liz DeFrain Posted December 7, 2022 9:49 pm

    Oh what an amazing God filled obituary- only God could orchestrate this story – thankful for Gus and his love for his daughter❣️

  • Rita Wynn Posted December 8, 2022 12:52 am

    I’m so sorry for yours & Larry’s loss. I’ll continue praying for you, Larry & your family. Remember the lifetime of memories you made in 6 months. Thank you for sharing your journey with me. Prayers, love & ((hugs)).

  • Tana Miller Posted December 9, 2022 6:58 am

    I love you guys we are praying for you all. 💔

  • Andre Nicholas Posted December 14, 2022 1:05 pm

    There can be no justice without truth. And there can be no truth, unless someone rises up to tell you the truth. Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.

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