Elias Paparis

May 4, 2021
Elias Paparis

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Elias “Lackey” Paparis passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 after a brief and courageous battle with brain cancer. He passed peacefully holding the hands of his loving wife and daughter. He was 72 years young.

Elias was born in Salonika, Greece. He immigrated to the United States when he was 3 years old, and his family settled in Williamsburg, where he called home for the remainder of his life.

Elias is a graduate of James Blair High School, Class of 1967. He received his Associates Degree in computer programming from ECPI University and began his career at The William & Mary Computer Center. Although he loved his time there, he eventually joined his family in operating The Yorkshire Restaurant for 47 years.

In his 72 years, he touched the lives of many people. Always with a warm smile on his face, he treated everyone with respect and was always willing to help anyone in need. He enjoyed the company of his wonderful friends, and would spend hours talking with them while enjoying his favorites, a coca-cola and hot dog. Family and faith were the center of his life. Even through his illness, he always put his faith and trust in God and approached life with dignity, integrity and courage. He was an active member of both Saint Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Newport News, and also Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Williamsburg. He loved his family and friends, but the two most important people in his life were his two grandsons, Theo and Tommy. He loved them with all his heart and in return he was their hero. They loved to hear about his “little Laki” stories when he was younger, about racing his ’68 Super Sport Camaro named “The Golden Greek”, receiving his black belts in Karate and Taekwondo, and teaching them everything he knew about the stock market and all things science. He taught them that with hard work and faith in God, anything is possible.

Elias was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Tom & Rose Paparis. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Elpitha of 47 years, daughter Rosa and much loved son-in-law Paul, grandsons Theo & Tommy, sister Marianthe (John), nieces Demetra and Litsa (Dimitri) and their children Christina, Antoni, Nicholas and Angelina. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and a good friend to many.

Services will be held on Saturday, May 8th at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Williamsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00am to 11:30 am, followed by funeral services starting at 12:00pm. Interment will follow at Williamsburg Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Elias’ memory can be sent to Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church at 4900 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188 or Nativity of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery at 121 St. Elias Lane, Saxonburg, Pennsylvania 16056.

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  • February 28, 2024
    Robert Dugan says:
    To the entire Paparis family my sincere condolences for the loss of a very special and decent human being . It sadden me to find his Obituary while searching for those I grew up with in Williamsburg! The corner of York Street & Quarter Path Road will always remind me of the Paparis Family back to Uncle Mike and “Yaya”. A family which has given much to the City of Williamsburg.

  • May 07, 2021
    Thanasi and Maria Velalis says:
    Elias known to us as Simbethero was a wonderful husband and father. He was strong, strict, but had a huge heart. He loved his family and his faith in God unconditionally. We loved him Very much and will miss him terribly. May his legacy be carried within us all. May His Memory Be Eternal.

  • May 07, 2021
    Bill and Christina Nacopoulos says:
    A most kind, generous, joyful, faithful, and noble gentleman, a wonderful provider to his family and to many in need. A role model to us all. He will be remembered and missed by all whose lives he touched. May God grant strength to his family and may his memory be eternal. Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη,

  • May 07, 2021
    Karla Paris and Family says:
    Our deepest sympathies are being sent to Rosa and her family on the loss of such a beloved man. We are praying for peace for you all.

  • May 07, 2021
    Scott and Kandace Lyons says:
    Sending our thoughts and prayers to Rosa and family in this difficult time.