OBITUARY

Gregory Papayoti

January 13, 1928April 13, 2019
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Gregory Papayoti passed away peacefully in Houston, Texas on Saturday, the 13th of April 2019. He was born in the apartment above his father’s grocery store in Istanbul, Turkey and was extremely proud of the fact that he came from the city that literally bridges the East and West.

He graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from Robert College in Istanbul and an MS in Civil Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Greg also served as a Captain in the Turkish Army on the Russian border. He spent the majority of his career with Raymond International building a worldwide footprint of successful construction projects that spanned stadium foundations, harbors, power plants, embassies and even a bridge across his beloved Bosphorus straights in Istanbul.

Greg spoke Greek, Turkish, English, Italian, Arabic and French. He was a voracious reader, had deep knowledge of political and religious history and was as he liked to say “A student until the day I die”. He travelled for work and pleasure extensively taking the time to truly understand every place and people he visited from London to Bologna, Buenos Aires, Fiji, Machu Picchu, Melbourne, Milan, Mount Athos, Rio, Bagdad, Beirut, Cairo, Lagos, Teheran and many more.

He is preceded in death by his parents Vasilis and Callirrhoe Papayoti, brother Takis Papayoti and sister Sophia Boulmetis. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Aliki Papuci Papayoti, son Lee Papayoti, daughter and son-in-law Clara and Tres Fuge, grandson and wife Evan Fuge and Annika Naidoo, and beloved nephews and nieces Tassos Boulmetis, Basil and Ann Papayoti, Vasilis Boulmetis, Chris and Jilla Papayoti and Maria Papayoti.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock in the afternoon until seven o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 17th of April, in the Jasek chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where the Trisagion prayers are to commence at half-past six o’clock. The funeral service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Thursday, the 18th of April, at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Boulevard in Houston, where the Cathedral clergy are to officiate.

At a later time, the family will gather for a private entombment service at Woodlawn Garden of Memories Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed toward Texas Children’s Hospital, Office of Philanthropy, Ste. 5214, P.O. Box 300630, Houston, TX 77230-0630.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 18, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • At a later time, the family will gather for a private entombment service at Woodlawn Garden of Memories Cemetery in Houston.
REMEMBERING

Gregory Papayoti

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Bill Kruse

April 17, 2019

The grief that burdens me today is not for Greg. He, by virtue of his faith, has gone to a better place. Selfishly I grieve for myself as I am deprived of our frequent conversations. We met when we both worked for the Raymond Company 60 years ago. Remarkably our lives intersected over the years. We "hunted" the elusive giant Hare in Ireland, quaffed some great scotch in his London apartment, and swam with our children in a Dallas pool while Aliki prepared a memorable dinner for our family. In conversations we monitored our children's accomplishments, shared our apprehensions, and espoused our political views. Greg was a mentor. A man for all seasons. A brilliant engineer. He was the Big Brother I never had, my professor of history, and an example of that decreasing specie; a gentleman. Ligori, I love and miss you. Bill Kruse

David Leard

April 16, 2019

My wife Janice and I would like to send our condolences to Aliki and her family and that our thoughts are with them. I worked for Greg in London during his time there with Raymond International and have much to thank him for. During our time we completed many contracts and I have fond memories of Greg and his work ethic and our travels through Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Algeria and other places throughout Africa and the Middle East. So many memories.

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