John George Pappas Jr.(1928 - 2014)

John George Pappas, Jr., 85, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2014, at his home in Punta Gorda, FL. He was born on July 21, 1928 in Philadelphia, PA, to John George Pappas Sr. and Alice T. Pappas, he was a very successful restaurant entrepreneur and investor. Along with his father, he developed and later co-owned the Pike Family Restaurant in Spring House, PA. He later also owned and operated John's Place in Cape May, NJ. Both were iconic establishments where friends met friends for great food. In addition to being an expert chef, he was an avid fisherman - for which he won numerous awards. He also supplied his restaurants with fresh caught fish to the delight of his customers who would call the restaurants to see if "John's Freshly Caught Fish" was on the specials menu for that night. Family and friends greatly enjoyed their time with John as Captain on one of his many fishing expeditions. He was a remarkable and unforgettable host. In Punta Gorda, he enjoyed the game of tennis at the Twin Isles Country Club. He served on the board for SCORE. John is survived by his sons, John G. (Anne) Pappas III of Brunswick, ME; James Pappas of Philadelphia, PA, along with their mother, Ruth Pappas, his first wife; sister, Anne (Frank) Pappas O'Brien of Lansdale, PA; granddaughters, Carol (Mike) McKay of Dover, NH; Cheryl Pappas of Bermuda; great granddaughters, Ava, Molly, Katelyn McKay; his loving, former, second wife, Elaine Watson Pappas of Punta Gorda, FL and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, John was also preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Pappas Hare in March 2014. At John's request, there will be no funeral. He will be cremated and per his wishes, his ashes spread out over the waters of Punta Gorda where he spent many of his happiest times in life. Arrangements by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte.
Published in Montgomery Newspapers on May 11, 2014