Nick Harry Gosdis

July 26, 1956 - July 8, 2021
Nick Harry Gosdis

Nick Harry Gosdis left this world on July 8, 2021, just short of his 65th birthday. 

Born July 26, 1956, Nick was the youngest of five sons of Harry and Cleopatra Gosdis, whom he adored and honored. Three of his brothers, his dear friends, preceded him in death, Steve, Gus and Ted. He and Ted co-owned their sign business and were inseparable. Teddy’s tragic death from cancer left a hole in Nick’s soul. He is survived by his dearest friend Josie Green, who loved and cared for him tenderly through grueling weeks in and out of the hospital. Josie made Nick happy and engaged him in life in special ways. He is also survived by his brother Chris (Mary) Gosdis and nephews and nieces. 

A committed member of the Greek Orthodox community, he loved his faith and his Greek heritage. Nick’s connection to the past was strong, shown in his love for his parents and family, including his roots that reached back to the old country and the importance of where his family came from in Megara, Greece.  He lived his entire life in the house his parents built. Nick was devoted to his South Salt Lake neighborhood and community. even running for mayor at one time and receiving its 2014 Citizen of the Year award for his “selfless devotion to other citizens and people in need.”

Nick was a man of honor and principle. He drew friends from every walk of life. He was beloved by his dozens of friends, all of whom thought they were his best friends. It was an honor to have Nick Gosdis call you his friend. He had a particular affection for his many customers that he went above and beyond to accommodate; he appreciated each and every one of them.

Loyal to a fault and remarkably generous, he cared about people. If he loved you, you knew it. He brought old people and waitresses donuts and gave gifts to many others he admired or felt were in need. 

Nick was a graduate of the University of Utah, with a Bachelor of Arts.  He had a great love of art and collected it, especially works created by friends, along with quirky antiques, enamel gas signs, and even a very old gas station. He was celebrated in vintage car circles and held his own with tellers of tall tales.

His strength of spirit and love for those he left behind kept him fighting for life beyond human limits. Warmest thanks to his incredible nurses and doctors at Intermountain Medical Center especially in the Shock Trauma ICU, whose kindness, compassion and top-notch medical care sustained and comforted him. 

Few people are imprinted so deeply and personally on the hearts of so many as Nick. We will never forget you, Nicky. Until we meet on the other side. May your memory be eternal!

A celebration of Nick’s life will be July 16, 2021 at St. Anna’s Greek Orthodox Church, 9201 So. 1300 E., Sandy, UT. There will be a visitation from 10:00 a.m. prior to the services. Services begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery next to his parents and brothers.