SALISBURY — Former Selectman Anthony “Tony” Papoulias Sr. died after a short illness last Thursday. He was remembered as spending his life helping others, as a devoted family man, Korean War veteran and long-time selectman.
“I remember Tony as someone who always cared for the people and the town of Salisbury,” said Selectman Fred Knowles, who took Papoulias’ seat on the board after his retirement in 2005. “No matter who you were, you could call Tony and he’d do his best to help you. He was a good family man, and he served his country well. And Tony always spoke his mind.”
A Salisbury native who excelled in sports at Amesbury High School, Papoulias would go on to earn the Bronze Star while doing his military service during the Korean War.
The son of the late Louis and Helen (Dedes) Papoulias, he received a civil engineering degree from Northeastern University, afterward working in Manchester, N.H., and Boston.
His career experiences including a number of municipal projects, including the Callahan Tunnel in Boston, for which he acted as a design engineer. He was working at the state office of Housing and Urban Development in Boston when he retired.
His service to Salisbury included a number of years as a town assessor, as well as nearly two decades as a member of the Board of Selectmen.
“I served with Tony on the Board of Selectmen,” said Selectman Donald Beaulieu. “Even though we had our differences, I believe in his heart and mind he believed he was always acting in a way he felt was in the best interest of Salisbury and its residents. Although we didn’t always agree, we got along fine.”
Papoulias leaves behind his wife Gertrude (Rose), his son, local attorney Anthony L. Papoulias Jr., and daughters, Diana Papoulias and Kimberly Papoulias (Pappas), and his grandchildren Katrina, Christian and Anthony.
The youngest of eight children, he is survived only by his brother, Charles L. Papoulias of Salisbury.
Services will be private and the family requests donations to the Autism Society (www.autism-society.org.) in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be made at Conte Funeral Homes (www.contefuneralhomes.com).