Nicholas J. Charuhas

Businessman

Nicholas John Charuhas, 83, a retired watchmaker and jewelry repairman who also co-owned a hotel and pizza parlors, died Feb. 14 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had a heart ailment.

Mr. Charuhas, an Alexandria resident, was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of McKinley Technical High School. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces in Italy and North Africa as a bombsight mechanic.

He owned the watch and jewelry business at Fort McNair from 1946 to 1967. For the following eight years, he was co-proprietor of the Virginia Motel in Alexandria.

From 1972 to 1988, he was co-owner of Magnifico pizza parlor in Falls Church. In the early 1980s, he was co-owner of the Milano pizza parlor in West Springfield.

He was a member of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and the American Legion.

A son, Soterios N. Charuhas, died in 1962.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Bessie Meletis Charuhas of Alexandria; two children, George S. Charuhas of Alexandria and Kitty K. Xidon of Burke; a sister, Toni Demeres of Alexandria; three brothers, Manuel Charuhas of Rockville, George Charuhas of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Telly Charuhas of Springfield; and two grandsons.