Tributes pour in for Footscray icon Nick Tsiligiris

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Footscray icon Nick Tsiligiris died aged 86 last Thursday.  

Tsiligiris was the longtime owner of Olympic Doughnuts on the corner of Leeds street near Footscray train station. 

“The world is certainly sadder and poorer without him in it,” Tsiligiris’ daughter Gina Hasapis writes on Facebook. 

“His legacy and memories of his smile, cheekiness and doughnuts will live on in all of us.” 

Footscray’s much-loved ‘Olympic Nick’ ran Olympic Doughnuts for nearly 40 years (Photo: Warren Kirk)

Olympic Doughnuts closed temporarily in 2016 after 81-year-old Nick fell ill. A year later, Maribyrnong Council announced the shop will shut its doors after 40 years. 

Tsiligiris’ life and passion for hot jam donuts is documented in the award-winning 2016 documentary Olympic Nick.

Tsiligiris’ funeral will take place Friday.

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