Ipswich — George Paganis, 94, husband of Phyllis (Greenough) Paganis, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Born in Ipswich on July 2, 1918, he was the son of the late James and Panagiota (Mouroukas) Paganis.
Mr. Paganis was a lifelong member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Ipswich. He was a graduate of Ipswich High School, Class of 1937. He was a two-time captain of the I.H.S. baseball team and he was also a half-back on the I.H.S. football team. Mr. Paganis was a veteran of World War II having served for nearly five years in the Army. During the War he was a 155 mm gun crewman in the 547th Field Artillery Battalion which served in the Rhineland and Central Europe. After the war, he was a semi-professional baseball player who traveled throughout the country.
He was employed at several local shoe factories for many years. Later he would be employed at the Ipswich Post Office, again for many years. Mr. Paganis was recognized for special achievement in 1976 from the Post Office, from which he retired in 1984. Mr. Paganis provided transportation through the local Veterans Affairs office for veterans in need of rides to their medical appointments for a number of years. Mr. Paganis loved his family in Ipswich plus he loved his pets. He enjoyed spending time at Crane Beach. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post# 1093 in Ipswich.
Mr. Paganis is survived by, in addition to his wife, Phyllis of Ipswich, his two children, George J. Paganis of Ipswich, and Kathy A. Paganis and her husband, Robert A. Houde of Nashua, N.H. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mr. Paganis was predeceased by his sister, Anna Limberis, formerly of Somerville.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service will be held Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m. at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Ipswich. Burial with military honors will follow in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Visiting hours will be today (Thursday, January 17) from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Morris Funeral Home, 45 North Main Street, Ipswich. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Evening military services will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Mr. Paganis’ name to the Greek Orthodox Church of Ipswich, P.O. Box 6, Ipswich, MA 01938. For directions or to send condolences to the Paganis family please go to: www.MorrisFH.com .