ELIOT – Troy Johnathan James Pappas, 18, died Oct. 5, 2012, at Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, as result of a fall on the campus of Bates College. Troy was born Dec. 30, 1993, son of John and Mary (Blackwell) Pappas of Eliot.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Rayna Pappas of Eliot and fiance, Lucas Devins; maternal grandparents, Gareth and Beverly Blackwell of Corinth; parental grandparents, Thomas and Sally Pappas of Kenduskeag; aunt, Sherry and husband, Scott Roberts, of Bradford; uncle, Gary and wife, Lanette Blackwell, of Corinth; aunt, Judy and husband, Barry Brown, of Exeter; aunt, Katie Miles of Dover-Foxcroft; and special cousins, Carrie and husband, Kevin Worster, Annemarie Roberts, Lindsey, Emily and Craig Blackwell, Sara, Buster and Seth Brown, Paige and husband, Kyle Martin, Monica, and Jackie and Andrew Miles. His littlest cousin, Connor, held a special place in his heart.
He achieved many spectacular accomplishments in his short 18 years. He was a fun-loving, young man who made friends quickly. He was close with his family and enjoyed numerous outings with them, especially annual Florida trips to see his grandparents and hanging with his cousins at camp. Troy was very goal-driven and graduated eighth in his class. He was the 2011 recipient of Clarkson University High School Achievement Award. He was a member of Interact, Rotary International’s service club for young people, student government and National Honor Society. Troy was also a member of the school’s math team and helped Marshwood to a sixth place finish at states this year. His competitive spirit served him well in his athletic career. While at Marshwood High School, Troy played varsity basketball for two years and was selected as the Coach’s Award his senior year. Troy played four years of varsity baseball and was named a captain his junior and senior years. He made the Southern Maine Athletic Association all-defensive team 2011. Troy started at quarterback for three years on the school’s football team and was named a captain his senior year. Troy was recognized as the football team’s offensive most valuable player for 2010 and the team’s most valuable player for the 2011 season. Additionally, he was selected to represent Marshwood in the Kora Shriner’s Lobster Bowl, Maine’s all-star football game. He treasured his experience with this weeklong event and celebrated a victory with his teammates with a touchdown catch of his own. Outside of school, Troy participated as a volunteer for the Friend’s Project and the Special Olympic Team Portsmouth Basketball organization. During the summer he worked at Bob’s Clam Hut and part-time for Fernandes and Sons Landscaping. Troy was a freshman at Bates College, majoring in pre-medical and biochemistry, and was planning to attend medical school to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery. He was playing football for the Bobcats and was considering trying out for the baseball team. Troy had numerous close friends and teammates. Troy’s tragic death became a beacon of hope for other families as his parents upheld his wishes of being a organ donor. Troy’s gift will touch the lives of many.
Visiting hours will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Eliot Baptist Church, 912 Dow Highway, Eliot, where a celebration of Troy’s life will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, with a reception afterward. Additional parking will be available across from the church and Sunday at Marshwood Middle School, Route 236. In lieu of flowers, non-tax deductible memorial donations may be made online at www.troypappasmemorial.com or by check payable to The Pappas Family Trust, care of Merrill Lynch, 100 Market St., Portsmouth, NH 03801. Monies will be used to help defray expenses and ultimately for charitable purposes. Care for the Pappas family has been entrusted to JS Pelkey Funeral Home.