Alex R. Papagan
February 27, 1941 – June 8, 2019
Alex R. Papagan, 78, of North Attleborough, MA passed away on June 8, 2019 surrounded by loving family. He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Charlene Papagan.
Born in Youngstown, OH on February 27, 1941, he was the son of the late Julia (Strak) and Harry “Buddy” Papagan. Alex grew up in Youngstown, OH where he attended Rayen High School, graduating in 1959. During that time he was very active in music, theater, student congress, and was President of The Debate Team, The Thespian Society, Junior Achievement and The National High School Forensic League.
Alex attended The Ohio State University, graduating in 1963 with a Degree in Communications and Business. While at Ohio State, he was a member of The Men’s Glee Club, The Homecoming Committee, and Sigma Pi Fraternity.
After college he began his business career working for Connecticut Mutual Insurance in Columbus, OH, followed by GF Business Equipment of Youngstown, OH. From 1967-1978 he worked for Polaroid Corporation in various executive positions. Within that time, his family relocated to New England, where he would spend the rest of his life. He later held positions as Vice President of Marketing for USTV Starcase, and Colony Communications (Providence Journal Co.) from 1980-1985. He was the General Manager of Dale Carnegie Training from 1985-1990. From 1990-1998 he was President and Owner of Voice-Tel of Southern New England. Since 2004 Alex has owned and operated A.R.Papagan Associates in Rumford, RI, where he was an independent licensed agent, specializing in advising and writing insurance policies for senior citizens’ health care needs.
In addition to his extensive professional career, Alex also gave his time to various charity and community service organizations including Providence Chamber of Commerce, Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program, MS Society of RI and Leadership Rhode Island.
Alex was a life long avid golfer who enjoyed playing with friends at Pawtucket Country Club and Quidnessett Country Club. A natural performer, he enjoyed several years of involvement in community theater productions in his 20’s and 30’s. He was a fan of many sports, especially The New England Patriots and Ohio State Football. He loved to read, and listen to music. During his life, the talents and passions he had were passed down to his Children and Grandchildren. Nothing gave him greater joy than to see them participating in sports, music, and theater. In recent years, he was especially delighted and proud to watch his Grandchildren grow and share in their lives and activities.
Besides his wife, Alex is survived by his children; Michelle Powers and her husband Michael Powers of West Greenwich, RI, Robin Mosher and her husband Ralph Mosher of Mendon, MA, Jason Papagan of Holly Springs, NC, and Jana Homer and her husband Paul Homer of Huntington, NY.
He is also survived by two brothers; Harry G. Papagan of Lexington, KY and Kenneth M. Papagan of Los Angeles, CA.
Known as “Grandpa Ouch” by his loving Grandchildren he leaves behind; Rutger and Rory Mosher, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Noelle and Nolan Powers, Winter and Colby Papagan, and Brady and Pierce Homer. He will be missed by all.
Visitation will be held Thursday 4-7 p.m. in the Pontarelli-Marino Home, 971 Branch Avenue, Providence, RI. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, Friday at 10 a.m. in the Parish of St. Mark, 105 Stanley Street, Attleboro Falls, MA. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Alex’s memory to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.jimmyfund.org/gift
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
- Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 14, 2019
- Burial Friday, June 14, 2019
Alex R. Papagan
June 11, 2019
Charlene, I am so very sorry for your loss. My late husband, Paul enjoyed golfing with Alex for many years at Pawtucket Country Club. We also both spent many great afternoons sitting on the deck after the guys golfed as well as by the pool with good friends and family. Alex was always a gentleman with kind words to say. He especially was a good friend when Paul was battling cancer, he truly looked after him and kept me informed while Paul was at PCC golfing. I enjoyed time spent with both of you. My deepest sympathy to you and all of your family!! Rest in Peace Alex...
June 11, 2019
Charlene, I am so sorry to hear about Alex. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May he rest in peace. Debbie
June 11, 2019
Sending you peace, love & hugs at this heartbreaking time and in the days that follow...Trish, Bill, Connor & Brenna