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.