Matthias W. "Mucho"
FITCHBURG -- Matthias "Mucho" W. Pappas, 95, a longtime Fitchburg resident, died Tuesday, June 19, in the Highlands Longterm Care Center, after a brief illness.
His wife of 40 years, Jennie "Jay" V. (LaGrassa) Pappas died in 1995.
four nephews, Angelo Kirousis and his wife, Pamela, of Fitchburg, and
Charles Kirousis and his wife, Linda, of Petersham, MA, Nicholas M. Nikitas
and his wife, Joanne, of Plymouth, MA, and Charles V. Pappas Jr. of Shaker
Heights, OH; and two nieces, Christina A. Nikitas of Woburn, MA, and Charlotte
Walsh of Seattle, WA.
Mr. Pappas was a night Foreman at Simonds Saw and Steel for 35 years, retiring in 1982.
Mucho graduated from the Al Somers Umpiring School in 1958, and started his career as a professional umpire in the Midwest League and was subsequently promoted to the Three I League and finally the Southern Association. He also umpired in the major league games during spring training, but returned to Fitchburg to work at Simonds. He also was a basketball referee and officiated high school and college games throughout New England.
He attended Fitchburg High School, and was a standout athlete in baseball, basketball, and football, but left school during the depression to help support his family, but much later in his life received his High School Equivalency Certificate from Fitchburg High School in 1976. He was a New York Yankee fan, enjoyed golf and spent many winters with his wife, in Florida. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Fitchburg.
He was a Veteran of World War II, U.S. Navy, serving on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre.
He was born in Fitchburg, on March 30, 1917, a son of the late William and Olympia (Hanjara) Pappazisis.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Highlands Longterm Care Center, 2nd and fifth floor, for their kindness and care for Mucho.
His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m. in
the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1319 Main St., Fitchburg, MA.