Peter J. Pappas in Memoriam
Peter J. Pappas, the entrepreneur and philanthropist passed away in Oyster Bay, New York on Thangsgiving Day. He was marride to Catherine Pappas whom he met at the St. Eleftherios Church, in Manhattan and is survived by their three children and nine grandchildren.
Peter served as the Chairman at P. J. Mechanical Corp. for almost half a century. He was also a Prime Real Estate Developer and investor around the country. He served as Chairman of the Board of 3doo, Inc. and P.J.M. Holding Group, consisting of P.J. Mechanical Corp.
A noted philanthropist, Pappas was the National Chairman of the Cyprus Children’s Fund, a Director at BioVest International, Inc. since March 2003, a Director of Western Policy Center in Washington, D.C and he was a Member of the Board of The Cyprus/American Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of Directors of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, The Michael Wolk Heart Foundation – Cornell University Hospital, on the Archdiocesan National Council of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and was Trustee of the privileged Leadership 100 Endowment trust. He was also an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople.
Peter J. Pappas had received many awards from various Greek communities, among them the Hellenic Heritage Award and the Honorary Gold Medal of the Republic of Cyprus.
Through his various companies he was responsible for renovations on many of New York’s signature buildings, including the Chrysler Building, Park Avenue Atrium, Citicorp Building, the Time Warner Center, and two new stadiums, Citifield and Yankee Stadium.
Pappas was recently involved in film production, becoming executive producer of the 2016 film “Swing Away”, which tells the story of a Greek-American professional golfer who travels to her grandparents’ village in Greece following a professional meltdown.
An avid golfer, he initiated an effort into making the sport more popular in Greece and bring international players there. In a cover story for NEO magazine, November 2011, Peter reminisced sharing the field with Telly Savalas. “We played from sunup to sundown,” he said.“We’d play golf all day long, eat, drink, and play more golf. It was very competitive: there was always a wager, because I think that makes it more focused. There are a lot of social golfers that just go out and hit the ball, and then there are others who need to compete, like Greeks. I think it makes the difference. It keeps you focused and you play better.”
A unawavering Republican and founder of the Hellenic American Republican Association, he helped and participated in many campaigns and he also played golf with George Bush senior up in Kennebunkport.