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Mr. Chris I Pappas
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  • Hellenic Cardiac Fund for Children
    Boston Children's Hospital, Attn: Volunteer Department
    300 Longwood Ave
    Boston, MA 02115

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“I didn't have the fortune of knowing Chris way back, but from all the stories I've heard and getting to know him more recently I know he was an...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Dawn Woolfolk - Ipswich, MA

“I share a friendship with Chris' daughter, Catherine. I have spent a lot of time with her family. It was amazing to me all the love that they shared...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Shachok - Boca Raton, FL

“Although I've known "Bess" for many years, I met Chris only once on a hot summer day probably 19 years ago. I was visiting friends from Greece in...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Basil Darras - Dover, MA - Friend

“So sorry to hear of his passing my condolences to family ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Hugh and Carol mitchell - rowley, MA

“Dear Bess and Family Learned with regret of Chris's passing. I have fond memories of practicing with Chris in Boston. His work ethic and sense of...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for Christos lossWhen I heard that Christos begun his travel to heaven, it is really very sad for me. I thought, that I feel my self very...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Kostas Chatzigeorgiou

“"CI" was my and many others from the Cathedral, first basketball Coach. We were young kids trying to learn life and Chris had patience, kindness and...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss Bessie and family. Chris was a great person and you and him did so much for Heart associationHe will be missed ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: frances fondulis - melrose, MA

“Kalo Paradiso Chris!I am sure your love for those children in need, and for all of us who have met you and Bess in the 80s is your express, first...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Evangelos Gogolides - Friend

Bess and Chris (Boston, December 1987) “I was shocked to hear about Chris passing away. It's been a long time since we last spoke over the phone and I am even sadder that I didn't got the...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: George Papavieros - Athens

“With the passing of Chris Pappas, surely a brilliant light of love has been dimmed, but could never be extinguished. Chris, alongside his beloved...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Deb, Bob, Thalia, Ianthe - Naples, FL

“My deepest sympathy to the Pappas family, especially to Bess and Catherine, for your loss. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Eleanor Fine - Revere, MA

“Dear Bessie,I was saddened to hear about your husband's passing. I wanted to reach out to extend my condolences to you and your family. I know we...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Brenda (Finn) Cohen - Marblehead, MA

“Dear Catherine and family - sending lots of love your way. We are so sorry about your Dad. Love, Diana & Dave ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Diana Smith - Waltham, MA

“Dear Bess and Family:My first impression of Chris was one of a man with a lot of energy, a drive to stay fit, to run his practice and oversee his...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Ted Craft - Melrose, MA - Friend

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague

Chris I. Pappas, 85, of Melrose, passed away Monday, February 18, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Chris was born on May 7, 1933 in Gary, Indiana. He was the son of the late Isadore and Katherine Pappas and brother of the late Asimina Tournis, whose roots stemmed from Chios, Greece. Chris is survived by his beloved wife Bess of 60 years, his daughter Catherine Christina and husband Bill, his son Lee Pappas and Lisa, many loving nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and an abundance of friends.

Chris attended Indiana University and Valparaiso University Law School, where he played one of his favorite sports of football, and made his family proud of his educational accomplishments. In 1960, Chris began his lifetime career as a highly respected attorney who put ethics above all, later establishing his law firm of Pappas & Pappas with his daughter Catherine. Chris was a dedicated and faithful steward of The Annunciation Cathedral of New England, serving on the board for many years and various committees that benefited causes such as the historic restoration and preservation of the church. He was also the beloved coach of the Cathedral basketball team and was involved in many other youth and community activities. He deeply loved his church and Greek heritage. Chris was hard working and had a special gusto that he put into everything he did.

Charity was Chris's life, not a pastime. His most valued rewards in life came from his charitable work and the children's lives he touched. Chris, with his cherished wife Bess, founded The Hellenic Cardiac Fund for Children at the Boston Children's Hospital over 40 years ago. They established this vital volunteer program to help children who suffered from severe and life threatening illnesses and it has grown and spread its reach of the gift of health and life to many corners of the world. It became Chris and Bess's life mission that has changed over 1,400 children's lives and will continue to save so many more because of their special seed of love that will grow forever. When he wasn't volunteering, he was being everything to everyone around him. Chris was truly a hero and angel on earth who had no limits to his compassion, generosity and kindness. His greatest joy was giving his love, time, his humor and his smiles, and, most of all, his heart to those around him. He kept nothing for himself, but the joy of giving. In doing so, he enriched the lives of everyone he touched...those he knew, as well as strangers that crossed his path. He was as modest as he was giving, a rare combination of virtues. He himself was a rare gift!

Chris's sentimental ways, fun loving nature, vibrant story telling, sense of humor, zest to surprise and make you smile created unforgettable memories for all. Chris was young at heart, lived life to the fullest and was all about celebrating life, his family and friends. He left a permanent imprint on your heart, whether you were someone he knew for a lifetime or just met. Anyone who knew Chris knew what he would say if you asked him how he was. Right up to the end, he would say "I'm alright. The world is all wrong." But he was certainly so much more than alright, he was truly amazing and a special blessing to all those who were fortunate enough to have him in their lives!

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster Street, Melrose, on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Funeral service will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 514 Parker Street, Boston, on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM, followed by a burial at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Chris's name to The Hellenic Cardiac Fund for Children at Boston Children's Hospital, Attn: Volunteer Department, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.