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“I have known Uncle Nick since I married his lovely niece, Victoria Kledaras, on November 13, 2010. We enjoyed his hospitality at his restaurant, "The...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: David Berry - Wilmington, DE

“My wife and I frequently had breakfast and lunch at the Hearth. It was a very friendly place which served great clam chowder. Nick always met us...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: David Pearl - Odessa, DE - Friend

“My husband and I enjoyed so many lunches anddinners at the Hearth and it was always a pleasure talking with Nick. He was always smiling.He will be...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“For over fifty years our entire family has enjoyed Nick's cheesesteaks at the Hearth, but even more we have enjoyed knowing Nick as a friend. Back in...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: George Ward - Austin, TX

“I am very sorry for your loss. May you be comforted in knowing that Mr. Kledaras's love of community and the people he served, made a difference in...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: MAria D. Cabrera - Wilmington, DE

“Dear Mersini, George, Adam and Nicholas, and all of Nick's family - Jim Austin and I wish you to know we are thinking of you at this sad time. We...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Patricia Brown - Townsend, DE

“R I P Nick I use to work at the Hearth in Odessa he was a good man and a decent boss Danna Hamilton ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: Danna Hamilton - Frederica, DE

“I had the pleasure of meeting Nick while he and my dad were in Cadia Rehabilitation Pike Creek. They often had dinner together. Nick was such a...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Christine McCall - Newark, DE


9 of 21 | Posted by: nancy kline - hartly, DE

“My sincere sympathy to Nick's family. We were neighbors for many years in Odessa. His boys played with my nephew Neil when they were young. I have...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Bruna Carchedi - Athens, WV


11 of 21 | Posted by: Janet Edwards - Bear, DE

“Mersini and George, I am so sorry to read about Nick's passing. I sit here with tears streaming down my smiling face. Tears for his loss and smiles...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Janet Edwards - Bear, DE

“A lifelong friend to Odessa and the Doutys. ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear George and Family,Very sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. It seems like he had an interesting life full of family, but it is always...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Barbara Dorsey Rick Broadbent - DE

“Gonna Miss you Nick... Love, Buddy, Zack Broomall and Tyler Flanagan ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Zackary Broomall - Odessa, DE

“I have known Nick and his family for the last 38 years. Moving to Odessa ate the age of 6 living only a few doors down from the restaurant I would...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Tracy Broomall - Odessa, DE

“Since working for Nick since 1986 it's been like having two dads in my life. It was a great time working for him, we had a lot of good times at the...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Kimberly Lanczkowski - new castle, DE

“To the family, "Uncle" Nick was a true gem of a person and human being and was a joy to work with through the years. I value his friendship and...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Dan DiMichele - Newark, DE

"Uncle" Nick and Santa
19 of 21 | Posted by: Dan DiMichele

“Nick you are going to be missed you were the best boss ever ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Yvonne Lowman - Clayton, DE

“I worked for Nick at his restaurant in Odessa in the late 70's. He was the nicest boss I ever had and I told him so. I loved stopping at the...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Betty Sweetman - Townsend, DE


Nicholas George Kledaras, age 83 of Wilmington, Delaware died on April 21, 2017, after bravely battling heart and lung disease.

Born in Agia Paraskevi, Lesbos, Greece, he came to Wilmington with his mother Mersina and sisters Helen and Anna, and he helped his older brothers Pete, Stavros, and William operate their restaurants. By 1959, he established a luncheonette on Maryland Avenue. In 1963, he leased the Hearth Restaurant in Odessa and bought it outright in 1968. With his bride Antonia and family, Nick ran the restaurant for the next 54 years. He took pride in his business and enjoyed his family and friends in both Wilmington and Odessa. His passion was serving good food and building a strong community around him.

In addition, Nick was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington.

He is survived by daughter Mersini Manolakos, son-in-law George Manolakos, and their children Adam and Nicholas of Pike Creek; son George N. Kledaras, daughter-in-law Soteria Kledaras, and their children Nicholas and Lambros of New York; son Peter M. Kledaras, daughter-in-law Caroline Kledaras, and their children Henry and Andrew of San Ramon, California; and sister Helen Breznak of Middlesex, New Jersey.

Family and friends may visit from 10:00 to 11:30 am on Friday April 28, 2017 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on N. Broom St. followed by the funeral service at 11:30 am. Interment will be held in Silverbrook Cemetery on Lancaster Avenue.

Flowers or contributions in Nicholas Kledaras' name may be sent to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 808 N. Broom St., Wilmington, DE. 19806