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In Memoriam: Jim Athanasiou

October 15, 2020

The Society of United Professionals was deeply saddened to learn of Jim Athanasiou’s sudden passing on July 21, 2020 at the age of 45. Jim was a member, colleague and friend, who represented the Society’s New Horizon System Solutions Local as a delegate from 2006 until his passing.

Jim is survived by his wife Richelle and two children, Tyler and Zoe.

Many Society members knew Jim as a brother in the union and strong advocate for his members.

“Jim was a wonderful, loving father to his cherished children, Tyler and Zoe,” his family wrote in the obituary. “He was a man who believed in hard work and loved family life. Jim was a man of many passions, including travel, fitness, and doing anything for his children. He was a cooking show fanatic and a foodie.”

The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jim’s name to the Distress Centres of Greater Toronto. The DCGT is a volunteer-run resource that provides emotional support, and suicide prevention and intervention services 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Particularly given the emotional toll of the pandemic, if you or anyone you know are in emotional distress, including considering self-harm or suicide, please contact the Distress Centres of Greater Toronto by calling (416) 408-4357 or texting 45645.


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