Very saddened to hear of the passing of Bill. I have enjoyed the time to be a coworker with him. He will be sadly missed. Prayers go out for strenght and guideness for the family.
sorry to hear of your loss step my thoughts are with you.
elaine and family so sorry for your loss. peg the hairdresser.
I realize now more than ever why I dreamed my whole life of being a hero, why I never give up and why I can always find a good laugh in hard times. It's in the blood thanks to Grampy. Looking at the photo and seeing his smile is comforting, knowing he did all of the above. He was a hero, he never gave up, and had a way of making you laugh. A life of meaning is a life truly lived. I'm happy to know that he fully lived.
Dear Bill and Meryl - The boys were in the other day and we were all very sorry to hear the news of your father's passing and everything else that has been going on. Stay strong. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Dear Bill, Meryl, All - So sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He was truly a hero. We will keep you close in our thoughts.
Sharon & Lee Broughton
My deepest heartfelt sorrow. Bill was loved and respected.
Several years ago, I was a 5th grade teacher in Westford. There was a school-wide Memorial Day writing contest going on, and motivated students had to turn in written pieces that they created independently. One of my 5th graders, Katie, submitted and entry titled "Letter to an Unknown Soldier" - it was an impressive and powerful piece - I felt it clearly should have been the winner, but unfortunately it was not chosen. Katie felt deflated because there was so much buzz about how good her piece was in the days leading up to the announcement of the winner. Luckily, Katie's piece went on to be published in the Lowell Sun, and the most magical thing happened. Mr. Pappas came across it. He immediately called the school to see if he could come to my class and visit us because he was so moved by Katie's piece. We arranged a visit, and he showed up in full uniform, draped in military honors. He held the kids in the palm of his hand for 45 minutes as he talked about his military career and why Katie's piece mattered so much. He told them that they have an important role in this world and that they had voices with something to say. As a teacher, all year long I had been trying to reinforce that writing is transformative. That their ideas and stories can live beyond the walls of the classroom, but it was not until the moment that Mr. Pappas showed up and handed his bronze star over to Katie with tears in his eyes - that the message really stuck. It was one of the most powerful classroom moments I have ever seen, and I know my kids felt that as well. Katie passed away in June 2010 as the result of a pedestrian accident - a loss that caused unbearable heartache for so many, including me. But as I see Mr. Pappas' smiling face on this page, and I think about Katie's freckle-kissed face smiling down on us - I can't help but feel some peace because I know that in the air between our worlds where the energy of these two souls is probably colliding- I believe they will smile as they greet each other...my sympathies to Mr. Pappas' family. He was one of the great ones...
I was very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I met him first when he came to my daughters 5th grade class and gave Katie his bronze star, then met him again when he came to my daughters wake with some of his friends who were veterans to pay thier respects. A remarkable man with a remarkable past who will be truly missed.
Dad, you have truly been an inspiration to me. I will do my best to continue your legacy of "others before self". You will be in my thoughts and my heart forever. Your Daughter Diane.
To the Pappacontantinou Family, Sorry for the loss of Mr Pappas...my Dad has told me wonderful stories of himself and Mr Pappas in the Army together...May he rest now..
RIP BILL,GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AT THIS SAD TIME
Ken and Carmel, sorry for your loss. Our prayers and our thoughts are with you and your family.
Dearest family of my beloved cousin, Bill; may God bless you and yours and may his memory be "eternal" Love to all... cousin Julie & sons, Paul & Marc
He will be greatly missed...
Mrs Pappas and family, Sorry sorry to hear of Mr Pappas's passing. He was a wonderful neighbor who was always friendly and helpful. With sincere sympathy, Janice Berard Desilva
Dave sorry to hear about your dads passing.He was truly a great guy.my condolences to you and your family bud
We will all miss Bill . . . And I will be forever grateful to him for his wonderful son.
i am david my das youngest son & i will tell yous he was a racecar driver & very much loved the supermodifieds he was a true supermodified fan for over 60 years
ken, sending our condolences from work.
I will greatly miss my dad and I hope that I can continue his legacy, wisdom and compassion continue to flourish through my life.