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Angelo and Stella Nestor

Angelo C. Nestor, 88, dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at his home. He was reunited with his Queen, the love of his life, Stella (Polizou) Nestor. 


Angelo was born on May 31, 1931, in Somerville, Massachusetts. He was the son of Charles W. and Maria (Panayeotopoulos) Nestor(ides). He was a 1950 graduate of Somerville High School. Angelo joined the United States Air Force after graduation. He was a Detective Sergeant/Military Police from 1950 to 1954. 


His incredible 62-year love story began when he met the love of his life, Stella, in 1952 and they married on July 25, 1954. Together, they raised three beautiful and loving daughters. In Angelo’s earlier years, he worked for his father-in-law, Arthur Polizou, at Parisian cleaners in Claremont, New Hampshire, where he started his career in sales by knocking on doors and establishing a pick-up and drop-off delivery service. He worked at the Claremont Paper Mill for a couple of years before becoming a salesman and delivery driver for Holsum Bakery from 1960-1964. In 1965, he joined New York Life Insurance Co. and became an extremely accomplished business and insurance planner for over 50-plus years. He established records with the company that have not been matched or beaten to this day. 


Angelo was a past president and member of the Twin State Valley Underwriters for many years. He was a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table from 1968 to 2020. He was a life Council member and a recipient of the National Quality Award. He was a member of the ODD Fellows, the Moose Club and a lifetime member of the American Legion. He was a past president and director of the St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Newport, New Hampshire. He was a member of the HROC, Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church. He was one of the original directors of the Claremont Opera House and very instrumental in the first fundraiser, a beauty pageant to fund the start of the restoration project of the Claremont Opera House. He was a past director of the Claremont Senior Center and the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. Angelo served as the Cub Master for the Cub Scouts in Claremont for many years. He was an active participant in the Moose Heart Fund Jamborees. Angelo also coached his daughters' basketball teams through the Junior Sports League (JSL).


Angelo was the King of Fundraising. He sponsored numerous auctions, dances, beauty pageants, jamborees and other fundraising events assisting many organizations over the years. Anyone who asked him for assistance, he assisted without reservation! Angelo may have been a Somerville native, but he grew deep roots in Claremont. He absolutely loved the Claremont community and there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to make Claremont an attractive community to live in and bring up a family. Angelo was well-known for his love of family, friends and his clients. He loved people and being with them! He will be forever remembered for his infectious smile, laughter, amazing hugs and infectious zest for life! Anyone who knew him, felt his love and affection. 


Angelo is survived by his three daughters, Maria Nestor Smith, Coula (Vasiliki) Nestor Wood and her husband, Adam Wood, and Elaine A. Nestor and her wife, Karen A. Burton. He was a devoted Papou (grandfather) to his five grandsons, AJ (Arthur James) Nestor Smith and wife Kaitlyn Smith, Noah Adam Nestor Wood, Nickolas Charles O’Brien, Zachary Angelo O’Brien and Addison Cristian Nestor Wood. He was also a ProPapou (great-grandfather) to his great-grandson, Brayden Alan Smith. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Cleo Nestor; a brother-in-law, George Polizou and his wife, Phyllis Polizou. Angelo was predeceased by his parents, Charles W. Nestor and Maria (Panayeotopoulos) Nestor(ides); his loving wife, Stella (Polizou) Nestor; his siblings, Nick Nestor, William Nestor (wife Mary Nestor), Katherine (Nestor) Smerlas (husband Peter Smerlas; and a son-in-law, Alan R. Smith. Angelo had so many loving caregivers over the years who assisted with his wish to remain in his home. You all have a special place in his heart and our family. 


A very special thank you to Dr. Barbara Lazar, Catherine Amarante, RN, Lake Sunapee VNA and Hospice and Kelly Crotto and her loving caregivers/Comfortable Living Homecare. We were blessed to have you caring for Angelo to the very end! You are all angels here on Earth for the care that you give. A very special thank you to his two grandsons who made it possible for Angelo to start his health care journey in his own home, Nickolas C. O’Brien and his twin brother, Zachary A. O’Brien. It was definitely a labor of love to the highest degree! 


Because of COVID-19, we are unable to have a public service and/or gathering. The service for Angelo may be viewed on YouTube at The Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Claremont, New Hampshire ( with Fr. Andrew Trevogbov officiating, on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at 5 p.m. Burial and graveside committal service will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Angelo C. Nestor’s name to the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church at 99 Sullivan St. in Claremont, NH 03743. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation Service. 

Stella (Polizou) Nestor, 81, a lifelong resident of Claremont, NH, became an angel in heaven on Thursday, December 11, 2014, after a long illness. She was surrounded by her family and loved ones. She passed in the arms of her devoted and loving husband of over 60 years, Angelo C. Nestor. Stella was born on February 1, 1933, at Claremont General Hospital. She was the daughter of Arthur G. and Vasiliki (Christides) Polizou. 


Stella graduated from Stephen high school in 1950 and Northhampton Commercial College in 1952. She was an accountant for General Motors from 1950 to 1959. She met her soulmate and the love of her life in 1952, and they married on July 25, 1954. Together they raised three beautiful and loving daughters. She was her husband’s office manager for 47 years. From 1984 to 2000, she worked for Town and Country Realty. She was an extremely accomplished realtor. Stella was past treasurer and president of the Claremont Board of Realtors and Realtor of the Year. 


Stella spent 45 years involved in Girl Scouts, many of those years as a troop leader. Of those 45 years, she, Barbara Clark, and Connie Zullo made many trips to camp Farnsworth, the seacoast, and her greatest accomplishment was to take her last troop to Switzerland, where she climbed the Alps. Stella was an active member of the community. She was past vice president and president of the quota club, a member of the ladies of the Moose, Rebecca’s (where she held many offices), president and member of the ladies of St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, Board of this church, and very active with her girls in school and scouting. Stella was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Valley Regional Hospital. After many years of traveling all over the USA, the Caribbean Islands, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Greece, she found her love for the ocean at Old Orchard Beach, ME. In Old Orchard Beach, she taught many life lessons to her five grandsons.


Stella is survived by her loving husband of 60+ years, Angelo C. Nestor of Claremont; her three daughters, Maria N. Smith and her husband, Alan; Coula N. Wood and her husband, Adam; Elaine A. Nestor, and her wife, Karen Burton, all of Claremont. She was a devoted YiaYai (grandmother) to her five grandsons: AJ (Arthur James), Nestor Smith, Noah A. Nestor Wood, Nicolas C. O’Brien, Zachary A. O’Brien, and Addison C. Wood. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Stella is also survived by one brother, George A. Polizou of South Hadley, MA. 


Stella was pre-deceased by her parents, Arthur G. and Vasiliki (Christides) Polizou. 


Stella had many loving caregivers, Sara, Jenn, Sam, and Janine.


In the celebration of Stella’s life, the family requests that you honor Stella by wearing her favorite color, purple, to the services. The calling hours are from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 14, at the Roy Funeral Home. The funeral will take place on Monday, December 15, at 11 a.m. at the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church on Sullivan Street in Claremont, NH. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Directly following the burial, there will be a celebration of Stella’s life in the church hall.


In Lou of flowers, donations can be made in Stella’s name to the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church. You are invited to share a memory of Stella with the family or leave a condolence message in the family guest book.

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