2017-05-18 / Obituaries

Nicholas William Janikies

Nicholas William Janikies, 84, of Jamestown, passed away May 15, 2017, at home peacefully surrounded by his family. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late William and Amelia (Larelis) Janikies.

Nick was the beloved husband of Margaret (Giroux) Janikies for 57 years. Nick graduated from Hope High School and enlisted in the Air Force. After an honorable discharge, he attended Bryant College where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1957 and an honorary doctorate in 1985.

Nick was an entrepreneur and the founder of the Jan Companies. On April 30, 1969, he opened his first Burger King restaurant in Cranston. He expanded this into an empire encompassing over 100 restaurants and country clubs. These well-known names include Burger King, Quidnessett Country Club and Newport Creamery. Nick’s love for business defined his entrepreneurial spirit.

Nick was also the beloved father of Melissa Janikies, Cynthia (Janikies) Simonson and her husband Timothy, William Janikies and his wife Sharon, and Jonathan Janikies. He also leaves behind two granddaughters, Julia and Kelsey, and three grandsons, Nicholas, Andrew and Will. Nick was the brother of the late Peter William Janikies.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service Friday, May 19, at 9 a.m. at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 175 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston. Burial with military honors will follow at Cedar Cemetery, Jamestown.

Visiting hours are Thursday 3-8 p.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 600 Pontiac Ave., Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Make- A-Wish-Foundation at massri.wish.org.

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