Harry G. Pappas, 82, owned grocery store chain

November 12, 2003

Harry G. Pappas, former president and owner of Pappas Food Market and decorated veteran of World War II, died of cancer Friday at a hospital in Naples, Fla. The former Towson resident was 82.

Mr. Pappas was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. He was a 1938 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and attended the University of Maryland, College Park and the Johns Hopkins University.

He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served in New Guinea and the Philippines. Discharged in 1946, his decorations included the Bronze Star.

Returning to Baltimore, Mr. Pappas joined the business of his father, a Greek immigrant who had established his first grocery store in 1935 on Harford Road in Hamilton.

After his father's death in 1949, Mr. Pappas expanded the business by adding stores in Essex, Hampden and Southwest Baltimore that were known for custom-cut meats, produce and home delivery.

Mr. Pappas sold the business in the early 1960s, and later was the owner of Nick's Submarine and Sandwich Shop on Washington Boulevard. He sold that business in 1983 but continued to own several Laundromats. He had lived in Naples, Fla., for nearly two decades.

An avid golfer, he was a charter member in 1954 of the Hillendale Country Club. He was also a silver life master in bridge and had competed in many tournaments.

His wife of 34 years, the former Ethel K. Hohmann, died in a 1972 automobile accident.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson, where Mr. Pappas had been a communicant.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Norma Lee Dandy; a son, Harry G. Pappas Jr. of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a daughter, Mary Ethel Vinje of Towson; a stepson, Glenn Kelley of Chicago; a stepdaughter, Leisa Kelley of Glen Arm; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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