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September 1, 2013

FROM THE SIDELINES: Memories of a local treasure

GOSHEN — Notre Dame started its 2013 college football season Saturday, minus one of its more loyal fans from Goshen.

Lamar Paflas, “Mr. Olympia” in our city for his many years as owner of the famed candy store and restaurant, died on July 27 at the age of 89.

Lamar graduated from Goshen High School in 1941 and spent his freshman year at Notre Dame before Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7. Paflas and most of his buddies then enlisted for military service during World War II which didn’t end until 1945.

The Irish were 8-0-1 under Coach Frank Leahy during Paflas’ one year on campus. ND had a 0-0 tie with Army to spoil a perfect season and the last game was a 20-18 win at home over USC on Nov. 22, just 15 days before Pearl Harbor.

Paflas was on campus with such Irish legends as Angelo Bertelli, Creighton Miller, Bob Dove, Wally Ziemba, John Kovatch, Bernie Crimmins, Paul Lillis, George Murphy, Milt Piepul, Bob Saggau, Bob Osterman, Steve Juzwik and Harry Wright.

Paflas was a long-time season ticket holder at Irish games, having four front-row seats on about the 30-yard line behind the opponents’ bench.

PAFLAS’ father, Nick, was born in 1890 in Prgos, Greece and came to the United States at the age of 15. He and Chris Angelo purchased the store from Sam Hussmuss on July 9, 1924 and renamed it The Olympia. The 100th anniversary of Goshen’s treasure was last year.

Lamar became owner of The Olympia in 1964 and he passed it on to daughter Kathy in 1982. Her son, Kare Andersen, is now principal operator of the business.

Paflas was a member of the First United Methodist Church since 1943 and was among charter members of Maplecrest Country Club where he enjoyed playing golf.

Lamar was my partner in the MCC Dick Swartz Monday Night League for two years, earning individual point honors in our division in 1987.

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