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John N. Kokinos, owned Nestor's Texas Hots Sept. 15, 1939 -- Dec. 10, 2005

John N. Kokinos, owner of Nestor's Texas Red Hots in North Tonawanda, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 66.

A Kenmore resident, he was born in Eldred, Pa., and was a graduate of Burgard Vocational School.

A veteran of the New York Army National Guard, Mr. Kokinos received several commendations for his mount rifle expertise.

He founded Nestor's Texas Red Hots, which he named for his father, in 1980. The business, on Webster Street in North Tonawanda, is still operated by family members.

Mr. Kokinos was a lifelong member of Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.

He enjoyed hunting, building model airplanes and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Donna Authier; a daughter, Denise Long of the Town of Tonawanda; two sons, Nestor J. of Williamsville and Raymond C. of Littleton, Colo.; two sisters, Bess Konst of Amherst and Argire Hodge of Sumter, S.C.; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Hellenic Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St., after prayers at 9:30 in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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