Manhattan Mogul, Christo Byron Pappas to be Remembered Candlelight Vigil to be held for Founder of Byron Chemical Company

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Beneficiary, Stephanie Parker and others remember his generosity to friend and family.

Stephanie Parker and Christo Byron Pappas

“It is important to me that Chris’ legacy is not forgotten because he was so kind to so many people,” shares Stephanie Parker, friend and one of 39 listed beneficiaries named in Pappas’ will.

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Christo (Chris) Byron Pappas was CEO and founder of Byron Chemical Company, Inc. when he suddenly died in 2003 at age 79. An evening candlelight vigil will take place on Wednesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. on the Eastside in the park across from 60 Sutton Place South corner of 55th Street. Pappas’s penthouse overlooked this park in which he frequently visited with friends. Nektarios S. Antoniou, DMA, of the Greek Orthodox Archdioceses National Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York will be presiding with an acknowledgement of Chris’ life.

“It is important to me that Chris’ legacy is not forgotten because he was so kind to so many people,” shares Stephanie Parker, friend and one of 39 listed beneficiaries named in Pappas’ will. “We both shared an interest in celebrity photography and he loved the fact that I would invite him to high profile events, charities balls and galas, sharing the room with entertainers and royalty. He would watch me work as a celebrity and society paparazzi and enjoyed seeing my results published in the magazines I contributed to during the 90’s. Being that I was a ‘model and muse’, he collected photographs taken of me by two late iconic photographers, Helmut Newton and Gordon Parks. Chris especially relished images taken of me by Helmut Newton which can be found on Socialite Life. Chris adored two images of me included in Gordon Parks’ book, A Star for Noon : An Homage to Women in Images, Poetry and Music.”

Carol Cinnamond, Chris’ friend of 40 years, doted on the times they frequented El Morocco Club back in its heydays. This legendary night club was popular with stars and high society. Cinnamond recalls, “King Chris would enjoy holding court in the VIP section of the ritzy club. Chris, a confirmed bachelor, was a real swinger who loved life to the fullest. He enjoyed the company of friends, fashion models and many high-profile celebrities.”

Susan Iatropoulos Petty, former Palm Beach boutique owner shares, “Chris would drive up in a stretch limousine in Palm Beach to visit my shop. He would rush in with amusement as people would always mistake him for Liberace.” She adds, “He had a memorable eccentric style and always had a mischievous twinkle in his eye knowing he was the center of attention. He would apply his love of science by creating a concoction of Cabernet Sauvignon with a splash of Diet Coke!”

Nicholas C. Cola, former realtor and first cousin to Pappas, recalls, “Chris and I were close growing up together and he stayed with my family after he got out of the service. I remember I loaned him a dollar to go to the city to look for work. He was smart, generous and fun. Talk about ‘rags to riches!’”

In closing, Stephanie Parker continues, “Chris was a dear friend with a generous heart and a strong love of life. He left wonderful memories and always gave unselfishly to others. It is with respect that I travel from Texas to Manhattan to visit and reconnect with old friends to honor Chris.”

Friends of Pappas encourage everyone to join them in celebrating his life as they give tribute to the memories of a New York business-man with a charitable kindness. Visit Facebook/RememberChris2003.

Additional Resources:
Interview available with close friends and beneficiaries of Christo Pappas
Facebook: RememberChris2003 https://www.facebook.com/RememberChris2003
Helmut Newton Images in Socialite Life Online (extracted from article by Anthony Haden-Guest for Radar Online) http://www.socialitelife.com/naughty_helmut-06-2005
Gordon Park’s book, A Star for Noon : An Homage to Women in Images, Poetry and Music. ” https://abebooks.com/Star-Noon-Homage-Women-Images-Poetry/12822791934/bd
Talent in Motion Magazine: http://www.prweb.com/release/2007/10/prweb556913.htm

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