WESTPORT, Conn. — A week after the Westport landmark Oscar’s Delicatessen closed its doors for good , its longtime owner died after a long battle with lung cancer.
Lee Papageorge died Monday, according to the Facebook page for Oscar's Deli .
"We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dad--and Westport's greatest hero — Lee — earlier this morning," a Facebook post said. "He was not only a part of our family but he was also a part of yours."
And number of Facebook friends posted condolence messages to the Papageorge family and the Oscar's family.
"I am so sorry for your loss. Lee was a wonderful guy," said one post.
"Lee will always hold a special place in the hearts of so many. God Bless!" said another.
"He enriched our lives and our community. He will not be forgotten. wishing you comfort and peace in the many wonderful memories of Lee's life with you," said another post.
"Sending condolences to the entire Papageorge family. Lee will be missed by us all," said one post.
Oscar's Deli, a Main Street fixture, closed up shop on Monday, Aug. 1, after 42 years in business.
Before it closed, customers gathered for one last weekend to share memories and stories with each other.
"Thank you Lee Papageorge for giving people second chances and for always loving your extended family," Oscar's Deli said in a Facebook post about the closing.
Papageorge, a nonsmoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer several months ago.
In the days since Oscar's Deli closed up shop, they donated leftover food and paper goods to the Merton House in Bridgeport, according to Facebook. The homeless shelter in Westport received the outdoor table and chairs.
And Papageorge's chair found a new home with his younger daughter, according to Facebook.
Service arrangements have not yet been announced.