On February 12, 2023, the world lost a true renaissance man. George Pandapas, Jr., age 77, passed away peacefully with his devoted daughter, Sarah, by his side.
George was the son of George Pandapas, Sr. of Peabody, Massachusetts, and Francis O’Brien of Salem, Massachusetts. He spent his childhood adventuring through the then-vast forests of Ramsey, New Jersey, with his neighborhood pals. When he wasn’t building clubhouses and swimming in muddy ponds, he spent hours in the sky learning to fly with his stepfather, Joseph Sims, in their Cessna 195. At Ramsey High School, George excelled in academics, leadership, and sports, playing a key role as the running back for the football team — a sport he would forever love. George then attended Brown University where he graduated with both a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in fine art. While at Brown, George played on the rugby team and attended classes at nearby Rhode Island School of Design, where he expanded his love of painting and fine art.
George went on to spend many years in New York City, specifically Manhattan—a city he would forever hold close to his heart. There he started his family and navigated a career as an engineer for Con Edison and NASA. He also found time to invent and patent Musifax — a slide rule for music composition and arrangement widely used by many musicians. Eventually, he moved with his family to Boston, where he found professional success as a software programmer.
George spent his life on a never-ending journey to widen his knowledge, push boundaries, and explore all the roads less traveled. He wholeheartedly believed in always being kind, patient, and honest and to never stop “wondering.” George had a fond appreciation for art and nature, enjoying open studios for painting and pottery. However, his absolute favorite past time was hiking and photographing the New England wilderness with his daughter.
All would agree that his commitment and love for his family — especially his daughter, and later, his granddaughter, was unwavering. He was an amazing father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. George had a truly brilliant mind and a pure soul. He will be forever loved and forever missed by so many.
In addition to his daughter, Sarah White, and her husband, Christopher White, of Massachusetts, George is survived by his sister, Elaine Michelle Pardew of Oregon, brothers, John Pandapas of Virginia, Mark Pandapas of California, Kim Pandapas of Massachusetts, and sister, Pamela Pandapas of Massachusetts, as well as his stepdaughter, Jennifer Schulte, and her husband Brian McCoy of New York, and his beloved grandchildren, Fiona White, and Jesse and Jane McCoy.
Services will be private.
Arrangements under the care of Concord Funeral Home, 74 Belknap Street, Concord, MA 01742 978-369-3388 www.concordfuneral.com