Obituary for Christopher Pappas
Christopher Allan Pappas, aged 73, died peacefully at his home in Moneta, Va, on November 14, 2023. Christopher was born on May 4, 1950 in Bethesda Maryland. He grew to adulthood in the Schenectady, New York area and graduated from Burnt Hills -Ballston Lake High School in1968. Chris spent much of his adulthood in Salem, Virginia. He was predeceased by his father Nicholas C. Pappas and mother, Marie E. Pappas. Surviving are his brother James Pappas (Denise), sister Catherine McGinnis (William), nieces Katie Snowden (Jonathan), Erin McGinnis-Ford (Merritt), nephews Nicholas Pappas (Emily), Bryce Pappas, grand niece Evelyn Snowden, and grand-nephew Kellen Ford.
Chris was a loving son, brother, uncle and a devoted friend. He was a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, where he sang in the choir for a number of years. He loved all incarnations of water and enjoyed downhill skiing, water skiing, swimming, and boating. Chris was a member of the Roanoke Ski Club in his younger years. He was extroverted and maintained a wide circle of friends from different geographic areas and different backgrounds. Chris was a proud Nouno (godfather) to his nephew, Nicholas Pappas, and an unofficial Nouno to Bryce Pappas and Katie Snowden as well.
In his younger years, Chris traveled extensively. He was a good cook and enjoyed entertaining his family and friends with many stories of his adventures and various life experiences. An animal lover throughout his life, Chris doted on his pets. His cats, Rusty and Tina, provided him with much companionship and comfort in his last years. Chris had a proud, independent spirit and a zest for life.
Chris’s family will host a visitation Tuesday November 21 at Oakey’s South Chapel, 4257 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke, Va. from 5-8 p.m. Chris’s funeral service will be at 11a.m. on Wednesday, November 22 at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 30 Huntington Blvd, NE Roanoke Va., followed by Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem, Va.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the World Wildlife Fund.
“And now the end is here
And so I face that final curtain
My friend I'll make it clear
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.”
May his memory be eternal.
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