2017-05-17 / Obituaries

Gus Pappas

Gus “Kosta” Pappas, 82, of Wayne, NJ and Halcott Center, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Trinity, FL.

Gus was born Konstantinos Filippos Papakonstantinou on October 13, 1934 in Kardamena, Kos, Greece, son of the late Angelika and Filippos Papakonstantinou, where he grew up in a farming and fishing community on the Aegean Sea and lived through the Nazi occupation of the island. As a teenager he transferred to the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece. When he was 19 years old, he accepted a spot as a foreign exchange student to the United States and spent the next three years at the SUNY Delhi Agricultural School in upstate New York. Gus believed in and advocated for the power of education and often expressed gratitude for the teachers at Delhi who shaped his life. It was during this time that he met his wife of 60 years, Olga Curoupis.

Shortly after, Gus joined the U.S. Army and proudly served for two years.

In 1960 he signed on to work for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. He worked in various capacities, including as Robert Moses’ personal driver.

After his time at the World’s Fair, Gus entered the restaurant business, where he thrived for the next 40 years. He owned and managed various locations in New York City and New Jersey, including Jack’s Pizza in the South Bronx, Pizza Haven in Upper Manhattan, and River View East and The Red Chimney in northern New Jersey.

Since 1954, Gus enjoyed spending summers and weekends in Halcott Center with his family. For the past 10 years, Gus and Olga would spend the winters at their home in Trinity, Florida.

Gus was a prolific reader, an avid gardener, and an excellent cook. He took great pride in his family and was a loyal friend.

Surviving are his wife, Olga; a daughter, Angie Pappas; two sons, Nicholas Pappas and Philip Pappas and his wife Mary Konstantine; two granddaughters, Jenna and Sophia; a sister, Maria, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Gus is preceded by his brothers, Andonis and Demosthenes, and his sister, Kleopatra.

A graveside service will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 23 at the family plot in the Halcott Center Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main St., Phoenicia.

You may share a special memory on Mr. Pappas’ commemorative page at gormleyfuneralhome.com.

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