Col. Nicholas G. Pappas
December 6, 1913 – September 5, 2015
Col. Nicholas G. Pappas, age 101, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Chapel Hill, Newark, passed away on September 5, 2015 at Foulk Manor South in Wilmington. Orphaned at age 7, Nicholas was raised by St. Nicholas Church of New York City, NY which was destroyed on 9/11. At age 18, Nick joined the US Army. During WWII Nick a US Army Lieutenant, volunteered for the 122nd Infantry Battalion, also known as The Greek Battalion that was instrumental in the liberation of Greece from German forces. Nick was also part of the OSS Special Forces Group Company C 2671, Special Reconnaissance Battalion the principal forerunner of today’s Special Forces ODA. Col. Pappas saw action in Yugoslavia along with other war theaters from Belgium to Berlin. Nick was also part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s personal security after WWII. Nicholas graduated from the Morris High School in New York City and received a military education. Nick was fluent in English, Greek, Russian and Arabic. Nicholas is survived by his loving wife, Fotini “Faye” Livizos Pappas, his constant and inseparable companion for 65 years. He is also survived by his nephews, Tony (Michelle) Livizos, Demetrios Livizos and sister-in-law, Sophia Livizos.
Nicholas was a long standing member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 808 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, DE, where a funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Friends may visit with the family from 10:30 am until 11:30 am at the church. Interment will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, at the above address.