Obituary: Stephen N. Papleacos, 88
Mar 04, 2016 10:14AM
By Bill Gilman
Stephen N. Papleacos
TEWKSBURY: With a heavy heart we announce the passing of our beloved father and husband Stephen N. “Steve” Papleacos, age 88, a 26 year resident of Bristol, NH, formerly of Tewksbury. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 2, 2016.
He was the beloved husband of Anna, with whom he would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on August 12, 2016.
Born in Lowell on January 27, 1928, he was the youngest son of the late Nicholas and Olga (Gikas) Papleacos who emigrated from Greece. Steve attended Lowell schools and graduated from Lowell High School in 1945. In 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II.
Following his honorable discharge from active duty, he attended Lowell Commercial College and Lowell State Teacher’s College, where he received his B.A. Degree in Education in 1956. In 1960, he earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Suffolk University. He was also a graduate of Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery in Boston and was employed as a chef at the Popponesset Inn Restaurant at New Seabury.
Steve was an elementary teacher for over 30 years, beginning his career in the Town of Tewksbury at the former Ella Fleming Elementary School and then teaching at the Washington School in Lowell as a Fifth Grade Teacher for 30 years prior to his retirement in 1988.
Steve had an independent spirit, a strong work ethic and was a nurturing husband, father and Papou. He adored his two grandsons. A gifted storyteller, Steve was also known as a man to go to for a good laugh. In his retirement, Steve would “make his rounds” meeting with friends every day at the local McDonald’s to drink coffee often sitting in the same booth. In his later years, he enjoyed sitting at the table at “DeMoulas” Market Basket, Store #8, drinking coffee and eating a jelly donut while sharing a laugh or two. He often dispensed unfiltered political commentary, discussed current news events and sports, as well as the latest sale flier with fellow shoppers.
In addition to his teaching career, he also operated a successful fueling business which began as Tulsa, and through the years became known as Sinclair, BP, Gulf, Chevron, Global and currently USA Petroleum. Known for “Selling Quality Fuel at Poor Man’s Prices”, it has remained in the same location for over 55 years and is the oldest family -run gas station in the City of Lowell. During the 1970s, he also operated a used car dealership known as SNP Auto Sales. He enjoyed giving back to his community and supported many local youth sports teams. Steve was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell, as well as a life member of the Tewksbury D.A.V. Post # 110.
Steve’s family was paramount to him. He spoke to his children and grandsons every day. In addition to his wife, he is deeply missed by two sons, Stephen N. Papleacos Jr., and John S. Papleacos and his companion Maria Boisvert; two daughters, Olga M.Papleacos and Maria A. Maniatakos and her husband Stephen; two grandsons, John and Nicholas Maniatakos. He is also survived by his nephew and Godson, Atty. Nicholas Papleacos and his wife Ellen of Marietta, GA, and their sons; nephew Dr. Spiros Papleacos and his wife Lisa of Laurens, S.C., and their children; niece , Julia Papleacos of Greenville, S.C. ; cousin William Alexis and his wife Clementine of Lowell, MA ,and their children; Godson Michael Alexis and his wife Susan of Charlestown, MA, cousin Fotine McCarthy of Chelmsford, MA and her children; cousin Arthur Bentas and his companion Agnes of Chelmsford, MA, sister-in-law Panayiota Balducci Papleacos of SC; and classmate Daniel Foti and his wife Arlene of Portland, ME.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Theodosios (Ted) Nicholas Papleacos and his wife Chrysoula Drivas Papleacos; a dear aunt, Efrosine Alexopoulos and her husband Michael; aunt, Vaitsa Lazou; brother –in –law Joseph Pongonis; and a dear childhood friend, Peter Stylos .
Steve was always grateful for, and his family very appreciative of, the exceptional medical care he received from his medical team at Massachusetts General Hospital; especially from Dr. David Judge, Dr. Adolph Hutter Jr., Dr. Thomas MacGillivray, Dr. Anna Helgason, and Jane Maffie-Lee.
Calling hours are Sunday, March 6th from 4-8 at the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee St., Tewksbury. His funeral will be held Monday, March 7th at 9 A.M. from the funeral home, followed by his Funeral Service at 10 A.M. at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 62 Lewis St., Lowell. Interment to follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s memory may be made to: MGH Fund, Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.
Or go to: https://giving.massgeneral.org>mgh-fund