The Obit For Matthias Pappas

Matthias W. "Mucho" Pappas
Former Professional Baseball Umpire

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on June 21, 2012

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.

He leaves 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.

He was predeceased by three sisters, Olga Pappas, Constance Kirousis, and Helen Nikitas, and one niece, Joanne Baiti of Harbor Springs, MI.

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.

PAPPAS -- 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.

Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Fitchburg.

Calling hours at the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 243 Water St., Fitchburg, will be on Saturday, June 23 from 9 to 10 a.m.

Flowers may be sent or memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1319 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 or may be left at the Funeral Home.