Pete Anthony Pappas

LCDR, USNR ( Ret. )


Pete Anthony Pappas

Pensacola Florida

Pete A. Pappas, 74, passed away March 4, 2006 at a local hospital.

He leaves behind his devoted wife of 50 years, Dorothea (Doe) G. Pappas; sons, Mark (Patricia) and Greg; daughter, Theresa (William) Pierce; grandchildren, Tyler Pappas, Rebecca Pappas, Stephanie Pappas and Christine Pappas; brother, James (Carolyn); sisters, Sophia (William) Kontras and Annie (Doug) Lloyd; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Vassiliki; brothers, John, Nick and Freddie; and sister, Olympia.

Pete was a proud member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, where he had served as a parish council board member and Sunday School teacher.

The Ohio State University graduate retired from the Navy with 20 years of service as a P-3 Orion pilot. During his career he was stationed in Hawaii; Patuxent River, Md.; Jacksonville, Fl.; on the USS Skagit (AKA-105); was a flight instructor at NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field, and a reconnaissance mission specialist over Cuba. His recon patrol was among the first to discover the situation that led to the Bay of Pigs incident.

After retirement from the Navy, he was a commercial airlines pilot for Wendy's, PBA and Air New Orleans.

Pete enjoyed the great outdoors, where he was able to go bird-watching, canoeing and hiking. He loved baseball and OSU football, especially the OSU-Michigan game.

Friendships were always valued by Pete and Doe, while in the Navy and the Greek community. Pensacola was dear to their hearts, with so many good people who will truly miss him.

Pallbearers will be Mark Pappas, Greg Pappas, Bill Pierce, Tyler Pappas, Jimmy Pappas, Nick Kontras, Billy Kontras and Gary Buchanan. Honorary pallbearers will be Andy Kostanden, Tom Morres, Tom Psaltis, George Bokas, Ernie Rivers and Kevin Fox.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 with Trisagion at 6:30 p.m. at Waters and Hibbert Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church; burial at Bayview Memorial Park, the Rev. Andrew Scordalakis presiding.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Capital Campaign, or to the favorite charity of your choice, in his name.

Waters and Hibbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Farewell my true love.

You were a good soldier,

. . . . . . . . a good pilot,

. . . . . . . . a good father,

. . . . . . . . a good husband.

Take your plane and fly

Up into that big blue sky

. . . . . . . . I'll be along soon.