WESTPORT, Conn. -- Elias "Lee" Papageorge, 65, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, surrounded by his family.
Born in Bridgeport to the late Angelus "Angie" Papageorge and Jennie "Bess" Papageorge, he was a graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School, Class of 1969.
Papageorge was the owner of Oscar's Delicatessen in Westport for more than 42 years and successfully operated the business, always with family by his side, until this past Sunday. He was a strong supporter of the Star program, Project Return and Homes for Hope, the Red Cross and many others.
He was the husband for more than 45 years to Mary-Jo Nazzaro Papageorge. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Melissa Papageorge of Fairfield and Alexandra "Ali" Papageorge of Trumbull; mother, Jennie "Bess" Papageorge of Fairfield; brother, Lucas "Luke" Papageorge and his wife Brenda of Easton; sisters, Frances "Fanny" P. Kochiss and her husband Bob of Fairfield and Sandra "Sandy" P. Mongillo and her husband Joe of Niantic; grandchildren, Danae, Taylor, Frankie, Charlie, Olive and Plum; brothers-in-law and their wives, Frank and Debbie Nazarro of Oxford and Mark and Lorie Nazzaro of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
All funeral services are private. A public memorial will take place at a later date.
Donations may be made in his memory to Project Return and Homes for Hope, 49 Richmondville Ave., Suite 112, Westport, CT 06880.
The Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home in Fairfield has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send an online condolence, please go here .
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