Fr. Anthony Nicholas Pappas
Fr. Anthony Nicholas Pappas, Greek Orthodox priest died at his home in Highland Park at the age of 83. Father Pappas was born and raised in Baltimore, Md. He graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and entered the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School of Theology in Pomfret, Conn. Completing his studies in 1949, he was elevated to Deacon in March of 1951 and ordained into the Priesthood in The Church of the Annunciation in Baltimore on March 25, 1951. Father Pappas served in the parishes of Troy, N.Y., and Norfolk, VA. On Jan. 6, 1959, the newly assigned Father Pappas held his first Holy Liturgy service at the Parish of Saint George Greek Orthodox Church at that time in Highland Park. In 1961, Father Pappas relocated the parish to its present location in Piscataway. He served the community of Saint George until 2002. His time at Saint George touched many lives. He held a special place in the hearts of the children in the church, always offering a smile and soft words of encouragement to them. He was dedicated to his community, serving when any need arose. Upon his retirement in 2002, Father Pappas was name Pastor Emeritus of the Saint George Greek Orthodox Community for his distinguished career. Father Pappas loved nothing more though than to spend time with his children and grandchildren. He was a kind, loving and devoted priest, father, husband, brother and grandfather. Father Pappas was predeceased by his wife, Frances Pappas (Baouris), in 1998 and a grandson, Mark Pappas, in 2003. He is survived by his sons, Nicholas Pappas of Florida, Anthony and wife, Mary Pappas, of New York, Michael and wife, Jean Marie Pappas, of South Amboy, Paul and wife, Joann Pappas, of North Brunswick and Mark and wife, Heather, of Sea Bright; his sisters, Chrysanthe Stevens and Theodora Poletis, both of Maryland; his grandchildren, Christopher Pappas, Paul Pappas Jr. and fiancee, Aubrey Fadule, Irene Pappas, Michael John Pappas, Andrew Nicholas Pappas and Ariana Pappas; his great grandson, Gage; his loving caretaker, Irene, and his beloved parishioners.