First Lieutenant Nicholas G. Copadis was born in Manchester, NH. He attended local schools and graduated from the New Hampton School in 1944, whereupon he immediately enlisted in the United States Army. Under the Army College Program, he spent time at both the University of Maine and the University of Delaware. After basic training, he served in the European Theater with the 274th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. Upon his discharge, he enrolled at the University of New Hampshire and graduated in 1950 with honors.
That same year, Lieutenant Copadis was recalled to active duty. He served as a rifle platoon leader with K Company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, until 2 June 1951. On that day, he was severely wounded attempting to take a hill in North Korea. He spent seven months in Army hospitals and retired on disability in March 1952 as a first lieutenant. Among his decorations are the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star with “V” device for valor, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Following his military service, Lieutenant Copadis attended Boston University Law School and graduated in 1955. He became an attorney for the Manchester Federal Savings and Loan Association until his appointment to the Probate Court bench in 1969. Nicholas Copadis was nominated by Governor Walter Peterson for the position of Probate Court Judge for Hillsborough County, State of New Hampshire. He was confirmed in August 1969 and served in this capacity until his death in 1980. Judge Copadis was also a guest lecturer on probate law at Merrimack Valley and Rivier Colleges. In addition, he served as a regular master on marital cases for Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties from 1974-1980. In all capacities, he served with distinction. Judge Copadis was also a member of the Manchester and NH Bar Associations, the American Judicature Society, and the National College of Probate Judges.
For many years, Nicholas Copadis was active in the Greek Community. He served as President of the Board of Directors at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He had been serving a record 9th term at the time of his passing. He was also a member of the Greek-American Progressive Association.
During his years of community service, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Manchester Federal Savings and Loan Association, Elliot Hospital, Manchester Historic Association, and Greater Manchester Mental Health Center. He had been a board member of the NH Association for Mental Health and past member of Rotary and Exchange Clubs. He was also a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Retired Officers Association, and the Disabled Officers Association.
His colleagues wrote, “Nick Copadis was a warm, sensitive, civil person whose love for his profession was exceeded only by his love for his family. He possessed and practiced those virtues of duty, honor, and tradition that are the hallmark of a true gentleman. He was proud of his heritage, and he was proud of his country.”
For valor as an officer in the United States Army and outstanding service to the State of New Hampshire, Lieutenant Nicholas G. Copadis is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame