Deno Pappas was a man with an incredible sense of humour and an exceptional analytical mind. Pappas died on Sunday after a lengthy illness, just two days after being admitted to hospital. He was 75. One of his three sons, Peter Pappas, echoes a phrase that many say sums up Deno Pappas: “He was quite a character.”
“He was very humorous and extremely social. Anyone you talked to who knows him well would say he was quite a devil,” Peter Pappas says, laughing.
“He had a devilish look and grin, but he was as straight as an arrow. His moral compass never needed to be calibrated, that’s for sure.”
Deno Pappas retired at the end of 2007, although he continued to work as counsel.
“His career meant everything to him. He was what a lot of lawyers call ‘a lawyer’s lawyer,’ ” said his son.
Deno Pappas’ parents both immigrated from Greece to Saint John, where the family settled. He attended Saint John High School and studied law at Dalhousie University and obtained Queen’s Counsel status in 1975. He was solicitor and common clerk for the City of Saint John before becoming one of the founding members of the law firm, Clark Drummie.
Deno Pappas’ funeral will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at St. John’s (Stone) Church.