(Asbury Park Press)


Nicholas P. Chergotis, 80, of Shrewsbury, died Friday, August 21, at his home. Born and raised in Bayonne he moved to Shrewsbury in 1969. Upon finishing his University education, he volunteered to serve 4 years in the Air Force during the Korean War. He later began his accomplished career as a Fire Protection Engineer helping to develop one of the first residential smoke detectors. He became a security and fire protection advisor for the White House, Camp David, many Federal facilities, and the private homes of several Presidents. He was very active in fire protection professional associations and helped raise funds to establish one of the first university level fire protection programs. He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Asbury Park since 1969 and sung in the choir for over 30 years.

He is survived by his beloved wife Niki; his brother George Chergotis; his daughter Stella and her husband Christos Fotopoulos; his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Eric Bauer; and six grandchildren.

 Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bongarzone Funeral Home, 2400 Shafto Road, Tinton Falls. Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m. Monday at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Asbury Park. Interment will follow at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cemetery, Neptune. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the St. George Building Fund, 700 Grand Avenue, Asbury Park, N.J. 07712. For directions and on line condolences please visit www.bongarzonefuneralhome.com.


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