Durfee basketball legend Manny Papoula dead at age 80

FALL RIVER — The Spindle City has lost one of is great servants.


Manny Papoula, who gave much of his time and a good deal of his money to help others, died this week. The former Durfee High School and Boston College basketball player was 80.


Paul Silva, of Silva-Faria Funeral Homes, said late Saturday morning that the precise day of Papoula's death was not known and that arrangements are not yet set.


A mathematics teacher, Papoula taught professionally for 30 years, the final 26 in Fairlawn, N.J. In New Jersey, he was once honored as a state teacher of the year. His state pension, which he described as very good, allowed him to take an early retirement and return to his hometown.