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88 East Main St.
Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: (203) 235-3338
Fax: (203) 686-1676
William Pappas

William Joseph Pappas

Friday, June 1st, 1951 - Sunday, October 6th, 2019
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William Joseph Pappas, 68, husband of Susan Pappas died on October 6, 2019 at home, suddenly. Born in Meriden, CT on June 1, 1951, he was the son of William and Beatrice Pappas. He had resided in Old Saybrook, CT and graduated from Maloney High School and Central CT State University. Mr. Pappas was the owner of Fosdick Fulfillment Corporation. He was a veteran of Vietnam, having served with the U.S. Army.
Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He devoted much of his life to Fosdick Fulfillment. Bill was generous, thoughtful, and giving to the community and many local agencies. He was recognized for his philanthropy by Masters Manna, Christmas Wish CT, United Way of Meriden and Wallingford, Meriden Puerto Rican Festival, and the Arthritis Foundation to name a few. Bill also contributed on a personal level to area business’ and agencies volunteering or accepting board of director positions with Children’s Wish CT, The Cove, Meriden YMCA, Midstate Hospital, and Castle Bank. Bill was named a Board Member Emeritus by Masters Manna. Bill supported many other foundations and nonprofits; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, B+ Foundation, Macular Degeneration, Terri Bródeur Breast Cancer Foundation, March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy, Mandel Jewish Community Center. In addition to spending time with his family, Bill loved reading. He was an avid Yankee and Giants fan.
Besides his wife, William is survived by a daughter, Jennifer and her husband Thomas, a son Christopher and his wife Kelly; three grandchildren, Brooke Denne, Madison Denne, and Jack Pappas. He is also survived by his sister Kathee Gold and her husband Terry, along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Jay Pappas, mother Beatrice Pappas, and father William Pappas.
Bill’s family will be receiving family and friends at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden, on Thursday, October 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a service to begin at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital, click “give now”.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 10th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, October 10th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
    88 East Main Street
    MERIDEN, CT 06450
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 10th, 2019 | 7:00pm
    Thursday, October 10th, 2019 7:00pm
    John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
    88 East Main Street
    MERIDEN, CT 06450
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Mary Smith

Posted at 08:51am
The loss of Bill is a heavy one for Fosdick, the community and for everyone that knew him. He was the most genuinely kind, generous and intelligent individuals I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. He is and always will be admired by so many people whose lives he’s impacted through his career at Fosdick and through all of his philanthropic efforts. I hope reliving all of the memories he’s created helps lessen the feeling of loss and is replaced by feelings of thankfulness for all he’s accomplished, for the knowledge he’s passed on and for the time he shared with us.

Gail M Powell

Posted at 02:56pm
Dear Sue, Jennifer, Chris, Brooke, Madison and Jack ~
Four days have passed and I still cannot believe the events of this week. Simply stated, we are devastated by the news of Bill's passing. The loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather will be felt by the Meriden/Wallingford communities for decades.

I met Bill Pappas when he joined the Board at Master's Manna. In no time I learned he was a giant of a man. When we had an internal crises in Sept 2016, Bill calmly led the group from his business side - then when we met the following Monday, he sat down at the table and announced - as long as I walk through a parking lot full because people need food - we will find a way to stay open to fill that need. He completely turned from simply business - to the emotional acts of meeting human need. We worked diligently with Bill's guidance and mentoring. He was as generous with his leadership training as he was with his donations to fight hunger and food insecurity. Bill, later admitted that he had served on "a lot" of Boards, but never witnessed one like ours. He loved our "grit" and our willingness to get hands on and do the hard work needed to keep the doors open and food on the shelves for our clients. and Yes, Bill was always there is there was a special need and we could justify it.

Bill's heart overflowed with love and passion - not only for the many agencies he supported with his donations and advice - but for his family and his unbelievable grandchildren. His life was driven by faith, fairness and caring for EVERY human being. His generosity to the local community and beyond was testimony to the man he became after graduation from Maloney, service to his country in Vietnam and going to work as a warehouse laborer. Humble, caring and generous, Bill never looked for attention or reward for himself, yet always sought to lift up the other person and the need! He was serious about fighting hunger! When he said , FOOD IS NOT AN OPTION!" He meant it.

It was my pleasure to know Bill and to learn from him. It was also my pleasure to arrange a special evening for Volunteer recognition at which we shared with Bill that the Food Pantry at Master's Manna would be named " The Pappas Family Food Pantry" in honor of their constant devotion, generosity, presence and commitment. Bill's spirit will forever be felt in the Food Pantry that bears his name as those who need food - the very basic element of life - are served in his presence. Thank you Bill for a life well lived and for lessons shared. You will be missed by many, and loved by many and very deeply by me personally.

Our heartfelt sympathies to Susan and the family along with our thanks for sharing Bill with the community. Like you, our hearts are broken and tears flow as we remember Bill and the trail of goodness he leaves in his wake. His life of selflessness, generosity and caring is a model for every human being to emulate.
With deepest sympathy,
Gail M Powell

Peter Verselli

Posted at 11:17am
So very sorry for your loss. I knew Billy for 50 years and enjoyed our friendship, playing softball, and our many conversations about the NY Yankees. He was a good friend and I will miss him.

STARLIFT Equipment Co., Inc.

Posted at 10:53am
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Jeffrey Grodzicki

Posted at 10:08am
Mrs. P, Jennifer and Christopher - as I sit here I still cant believe that this has happened.

I can't imagine going into work and him not being there as much as i didn't enjoy phone calls from his extension, the text's that said 'Come see me' and the emails from Florida when he was on 'vacation'. No matter how the conversations started, we would always end up talking about Florida, the Yankees or sports in general.

I am sure it always made him happy when I walked around the office with my beard painted blue and green for the Seahawk playoff games!!!

RIP Bill and thank you for everything

Your Friend,

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