Pappa served in the U.S. Navy for six years as an aviation electrician, with a torpedo squadron aboard the USS Palau, and with a patrol squadron in the Navy Reserve.
After the Navy, he worked for IBM as an electric typewriter repairman. Afterward, he became a customer engineer with a two-year assignment in Saudi Arabia. He then became a senior marketing representative with GE Capital. After 35 years, he retired.
He was also a small business owner with his brother, George, at their bar, the Tropical Pub, in Belmar, N.J.
He is survived by his wife Linda; sons, William and Michael; sister Helen Gerhold; brother George and his wife, Susan; and nieces and nephews, his sister-in-law and his brother-in-law.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the St. Philip Church, at 25 France St., Norwalk, at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 5.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Philip Youth Group.
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