It's very sad because he was ill for some time and suffered quite a lot. His devoted wife of 20 years, Virginia, has been very ill herself -- undergoing chemo even while Mike was in hospice care for some weeks at their home. At least she will now have some peace in her life to take better care of herself.
It's also sad because that generation of the Peter Pappas Family is gone. Mike's only sibling Tony died in 2004 after a serious illness, and he was only 56. Their parents Pete and Faith (Xanttopoulos) are also gone. Mike was the oldest of us cousins. And we do have our memories...
Mike had 3 sons with 2 previous wives: Stephen & David (twins) and Andrew. They all live in Oregon. Hopefully we can keep in touch going forward.
Meanwhile, Mike's funeral service will take place tomorrow at 11 am at the Holy Trinity Church at 999 Brotherhood Way in San Francisco. Then he will be buried in the Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Colma -- where he will join his grandfather Xanthoulis Xanthopoulos, a man none of us cousins ever met.
Zoi se mas.