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ASD’s Favorite Pastime Series: Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home

Nov 21, 2013

Name: Nicos Elias
Funeral Home Name: Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home
Location: Allentown, PA
Photo Description: Funeral Director, Nicos Elias, next to his 1973 Superior Cadillac Ambulance.
Favorite ASD Feature: “I plan on finally upgrading to a smart phone in a few weeks, so my favorite ASD feature will soon be the ASD Mobile app,” Nicos says.
Favorite Pastime: Funeral Director Nicos Elias is the true definition of a modern day polymath-a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. Outside of the funeral home, Nicos enjoys collecting antique funeral cars as well as playing the organ at church and weddings. He also volunteers for the local fire department. Nicos says that all of his hobbies are rooted in his strong desire to help others, which is also what led him to become a funeral director.

Nicos has been playing the organ at his church since 1980 and also performs about 15 weddings every year.

Nicos standing next to his 1963 Eureka Hearse. Nicos has been interested in antique funeral cars since he was young.

Nicos presenting a Fire Prevention Program to a local elementary school.

Antique funeral cars were a fascination of mine since I was a child and probably what got me interested in the funeral business. I appreciate them for their one-of-a-kind craftsmanship and the honorable duties they perform,” Nicos says. “Playing the organ was a childhood interest, it’s the ‘king of instruments’ and always was exciting for me. The fire department was a youthful interest. We had a station down the street where I grew up so I naturally got involved when I was old enough. It’s all part of helping people, along with funeral service.

Thank you to Nicos Elias for allowing us to feature you in our blog this month.

Click here to see last month’s Favorite Pastime spotlight.

ASD’s “Favorite Pastime” Series:

We would love to share more photos of funeral directors enjoying their favorite pastime. Send us a photo of you engaged in your favorite hobby or activity for us to share and show others what you love to do when you’re not doing outstanding work at your funeral home! Please email all photos or inquiries to

About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD’s company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at

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