CHAMES NICHOLAS ACHILLES Age 80, of Wayne, died peacefully Tuesday of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Chames was a gentle soul who entered this world on December 5, 1931 in Waukesha, WI, son of the late Frances Ciolino and Achilles Chames. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school, after which he attended the University of Detroit, studying Chemistry and Dentistry. Following dental school, he joined the Navy Reserves, and proudly served until he retired as Commander in 1989. Dr. Chames practiced dentistry in Wayne where he was a member of the Wayne Rotary. A lover of opera, he was a renaissance man who could make or fix almost anything. Most of all, he will be remembered as a profoundly kind, generous, and compassionate man whose smile will be deeply missed by family and friends. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary, of 53 years, and his four loving children Frances (Tim Fritz) of Grand Rapids, Michael (Mary Ann) of Jackson, Robert of Northville, and Mark of Ann Arbor. He is further survived by grandsons Nicholas, Christopher, and Matthew, as well as brothers Salvatore and Anthony. Visitation at Uht Funeral Home, 35400 Glenwood Rd., Westland, Thursday August 2, 2012, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. In state Friday 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 34530 Michigan Avenue, Wayne until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center.
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I was Nick's State Farm Agent for over 20 years and had all of his insurance during that time. Great memories, visiting him at his Dental practice and had great conversations. Very nice man, with a kind heart. May he rest in Peace and his memory, always be Eternal. Yiassou Niko. Your friend, George.
Dear Chames Family, We were so sad to hear of the passing of your husband/ Dad. I have such wonderful memories of how kind and compassionate a man he was to his family and friends. My prayers are with you all. Love, Carol, Shawn and family
My deepest sympathy to you and your family Dr Chames kind & gentle soul will live on through all of you. His greatness is reflected in his exceptional family. Keeping you in close thought and prayer Patti Staten (the center for sight)
Dear Mary (& all of Nick's family), we are sorry for your loss. It was a privelege to meet you, and to help care for Nick at the hospital. Our sincere condolences - Cindy & the 3rd floor staff