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William R. Zappas

William R. Zappas, 95, died March 12, 2017 peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones.

Bill grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third son of Greek immigrants. As a child during the Depression, he helped support his family by selling newspapers, flowers, and candy. His work ethic was always a powerful drive and helped him earn success in many arenas. He served as a naval officer during WWII on an LST landing craft in both the Pacific and the European theaters. He earned the respect of his men and learned leadership skills that would serve him throughout his life.

After the war, he finished his undergraduate degree in business at USC and pursued a career in newspapers. His entreprenuerial spirit drove him to start the Torrance Press, which he built into a dynamic and thriving local paper. After selling it to the Daily Breeze, he became an investor and relished seeking out new business opportunities. Over the years, his eclectic investment portfolio included oil, land, fishing boats and processing ships, apartments, commercial real estate, health clubs, a cemetery, and a fish auction house.

Bill was a loving and caring father. He inspired loyalty and affection among his family, friends and his many business connections. He was generous to a fault and he loved to make people laugh with a ready supply of funny stories. He was an avid runner and an active member of the Sunday Morning Breakfast Club. Over the decades, he ran more than 50 marathons and countless shorter races, even winning the Catalina Marathon for his age group in his 60th year.

He is survived by his wife Darat Zappas; his sons Peter and Michael, and his daughters, Amalia Mendez, Marissa, Alexa, Katerina, and Athena. Sign guestbook at dailybreeze.com
Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 15, 2017
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