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Christ Louis Pappakostas

1937 - 2018 Notice Condolences
Christ Louis Pappakostas Notice
Aug. 2, 1937 - Jan. 7, 2018 Vallejo Christ Louis Pappakostas, 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 7, at Windsor Vallejo Care Center. He was born in Appleton, WI on Aug. 2, 1937 to Louis and Vasiliki Pappakostas, immigrants from Fteri, Lamia, Greece. He moved to Vallejo when he was six and had been a resident ever since. He was basically raised by his two older sisters (not much older than he was) after their mother passed away in 1945 when he was seven. Christ graduated from Vallejo High School and earned an AA degree from Vallejo Jr. College. He joined the Army National Guard and worked at the family owned Navy Liquor Store on Tennessee Street. At the same time he opened American Business Machines and the Vallejo Servicemen's Club. Later Christ became the first owner/operator of the Sardine Can Restaurant with its famous Greek "Chilli". Next he opened Ye Olde Briar Shoppe in downtown Vallejo and remained there for 40 years until he reluctantly closed his doors due to illness. Christ, full of life with a ready smile and wit, a love for people and being active in the community, always willing to serve, will be greatly missed by many. He was a faithful and active member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. He started out as an altar boy in 1948 and as a teenager sang in the church choir and was active in AHEPA, and eventually he became president of the Parish Council. Christ produced many plays for the Mira Theater Guild, acting in one. He was Grand Noble and District Deputy Grand Master of the Odd Fellows (San Pablo #43), was committee chairman in the Jaycees and the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, sponsored the Battle of the Bands, participated in the Vallejo Whaleboat Regatta, was several times Chairman of the Vallejo 4th of July Parade, and for many years loved playing Santa Claus for organizations and church groups. Christ was preceded in death by his parents; uncle, George Pappakostas; two sisters, Kathy and Panny Pappakostas, and a great niece Amelia Alford. He is survived by his brother, James (Margie) Pappakostas; his longtime companion Ruby Peters; nieces, Sarah Pappakostas and Bess (Adelki) Polce; nephews, Mark (Laura) and David Pappakostas; plus great niece, Maddie Alford, and great nephews, Brennan and Liam Pappakostas and Dominic Polce. Visitation will be held 12 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Twin Chapels Mortuary, 1100 Tennessee St., Vallejo and 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday with a Trisagion service at 7 p.m., at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1224 Alabama St., Vallejo. Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17 also at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Vallejo. Burial will follow at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, Vallejo. Arrangements entrusted to the direction and care of Twin Chapels Mortuary, Vallejo (707) 552-6696. Please visit the online tribute at www.TwinChapelsMortuary.com.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline from Jan. 13 to Jan. 17, 2018
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